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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with 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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ON TODAY'S SITE:
The Book of Luke, The Cloud of Unknowing, Atisha, Jean-Pierre de Caussade,
Paramahansa Yogananda, Mahatma Gandhi
Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman
named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister
named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teach-
ing. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to
him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to
serve alone? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her,
"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion,
which shall not be taken away from her."
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
...Notice that Martha addressed her complaint to our blessed Lord rather than to her sister.
She asked him to encourage Mary to help her in the kitchen. Jesus, understanding Mary's
deep immersion in contemplation, answered on her behalf. Rather than distract Mary, he
spoke to Martha with gentle courtesy, defending the one fervently occupied with spiritual
contemplation of God. "Martha, Martha." Speaking her name twice emphasizes the
importance of response. He assured Martha that her busy work had value and importance,
but that her sister engaged in a better enterprise. She was doing the one essential thing,
the work of love and praising God alone. Activity and prayer mingle imperfectly, but
Mary had discovered the perfect movement of love toward God. Similar in nature to
heavenly bliss, divine contemplation already participates in eternity.
From 'The Cloud of Unknowing,'
written by an unknown 14th century English monk
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world's ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
Atisha (982-1054 AD)
A Buddhist teacher who reintroduced Buddhism to Tibet
after it was nearly destroyed by King Langdharma
...Thus those experienced in the skill and practice
of sanctity, with understanding and method in addition
to grace, unconsciously form the habit which becomes
second nature, of acting on intuition and faith in all
things... All they have to do is to act as though by
chance, trusting only to the power of grace which
can never be wrong...Without rules, nothing more
orderly; without preparation, nothing better planned;
without thought, nothing more profound; without skill,
nothing more accomplished; without effort, nothing
more effective; and without precaution, nothing
better adjusted to whatever may happen.
Jean Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
From 'The Sacrament of the Present Moment'
The peaceful individual remains calm until he wants to work,
then he swings into action; and as soon as he is through, he
swings back into the center of calmness. You must always
be calm, like the pendulum that is still, but ready to swing
into action whenever necessary.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
From "Self Realization Fellowship" lessons
The Last Word:
Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement.
Properly understood and applied it is the most potent form of action.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
An English-educated lawyer, he is considered
a major political and spiritual leader of India.
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
God hates the man who says one thing
with his mouth and another with his mind.
Talmud, Pesahim 113b