Today's Theme: Men & Women - Relationship
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the
commonalities among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

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Today's Theme:

We learn the most about ourselves through relationship.
That can sound counter intuitive, since usually we yearn
for introspective time alone when we wish to delve into
ourselves. But it's in caring for others that we find out
what we're made of. And the relationship between man
and woman is a treasure trove of opportunity when we
realize that we're wired differently for divine purpose.

"Why can't a woman be more like a man?" Henry Higgins
complains. Because we learn compassion by choosing to
empathize with, then loving freely, those who are different.

When the turtle loves the cheetah and the daisy loves
the centipede, but none wants to be the other, all are
free to express who they spectacularly were made to be.

-Lisa Bowman

Photos by Chuck Bowman                All rights reserved

In order to appreciate the harmony between men and women,
we must appreciate their sameness in serving G-d. When men
and women humbly recognize and join in their shared purpose,
with an understanding that through their sameness, self- actual-
lization of the most personal form will follow, they can develop
mutual respect for one another - as true equals. When they serve
only their own needs, there is room for discord between them.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


When you can set aside your needs and desires, becoming
completely willing to give of yourself to fulfill the needs
of another, you have discovered your sense of power, and
that enables you to be truly compassionate. When you can
feel another's pain, sense their fear, know what they are
going through without considering them to be a victim or
feeling your own sense of victimization, you are ready
to demonstrate compassion.

Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla VanZant
A Fireside Book, 1998


Men and women have been given different tools with
which to fulfill their common goal. Indeed, their
physiological, emotional, and psychological differ-
ences are a result of their divergent spiritual
mandates as instructed by G-d. Were each of us
destined to fulfill exactly the same role in life,
there would be no need for so many forms of expression.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

Feminine energy is who you are and masculine energy is what
you do. For man and woman to be complete, then, they must
each possess both energies...The man "goes out" in search of
G-dliness; the woman absorbs G-dliness. The man provides the
seed to create life; the woman bears life. The man teaches his
children how to live; the woman is life. The man gives
love; the woman is love.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving
preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit,
serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer...

Romans 12:10-12
The Holy Bible
New King James Version

...and now,
the Last Word :

In the Lord, however, woman is not independent
of man, nor is man independent of woman. For
as woman came from man, so also man is born
of woman. But everything comes from God.

i Corinthians 11: 11-12
The Holy Bible
New International Version





































































Random Bonus Quote:

Irrigators guide water;
fletchers straighten arrows;
carpenters bend wood;
wise people shape themselves.

The Dhammapada
Buddhist scripture


On today's
Home Page:

Rebbe Schneerson;
Simon Jacobson;
Iyanla VanZant;
Book of Romans;
Book of
1 Corinthians