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Who could return your goodness in sending breath through the
body to invest it with life, in revealing a way of life to guide it and
save it from evil's contrivance:

Out of the ground you formed it, and into the blood breathed
soul-- and you sent the spirit of wisdom along it, which set us
apart from swine, and allows for ascent on high...

You've shut us inside your world, while you look in from beyond
and observe; and all that we try to conceal within or without, you

--Solomon Ibn Gabirol (circa 1021-1058)
A Moorish Jewish philosopher and poet. The term 'Kabbalah'   (Hebrew for 'that
which is received') was first applied to  his mystical teachings.
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...but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground--  
then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

--Genesis 2: 7
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their
host by the breath of his mouth.
--Psalms 33: 6
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You and I are as much continuous with the physical universe as a
wave is continuous with the ocean.
--Alan Watts (1915-1973)
Speaker, writer, philosopher, expert in comparative religion.
When it is granted to man to hear the song of the herbs--
how every herb speaks its song to God without any alien will
or thought -- how beautiful and sweet it is to hear their singing.

And therefore it is very good to serve God in the midst of solitary
walks over the field among the plants of the earth and pour out
one's speech before God in truthfulness.

All the speech of the field then goes into your speech and
heightens its power. With every breath you drink the air of
--from 'Ecstatic Confessions' by Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Born in Vienna, Buber was a highly influential Jewish philosopher.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
--C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
And now, the Last Word:

(Los Angeles - 8/14/06) -- At a press conference held earlier today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council as
well as the British Consul General and federal law enforcement officials commended the central role of
the Muslim American community in combating terrorism and extremism.  Officials from FBI Los Angeles
Field Office, the Department of Homeland Security's Los Angeles Bureau, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca
detailed the numerous efforts in which they are engaged in order to build rapport and trust with the
Muslim American community to protect the nation and the civil liberties of all citizens.

"I want to acknowledge the crucial tip that came from a worried member of the British Muslim
community, and was the primary reason that this alleged plot was disrupted," said MPAC Executive
Director Salam Al-Marayati. "It is that unknown hero that we want to acknowledge today as well
as those Muslims in America, Europe and throughout the world who are stepping forward out of their
Islamic obligation to protect their communities and their societies that we want to raise awareness
about. These are people who are serving their patriotic duty in the United States and elsewhere."
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