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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
On Today's Theme:
I wish I could speak of enlightenment from the standpoint of having
achieved it, but alas, I stand below peering up at it through clouds.
But like witnessing bolts of lightning, I think I've seen nanoseconds
of its power. To breathe in deeply the air of Divine Consciousness,
whenever we get there, fills us with an unspeakable compassion and
love. It smashes the finite world and its limitations, lifting us above
mortality and connecting us intrinsically with all life - in all time,
on all levels of consciousness, in all ways. To arrive in "heaven"
is to be one with Oneness, forever.
When our hearts swell with a sense of loving inspiration,
we are being allowed, being fed, a sip of lies ahead.
- Lisa Bowman
Other-centered life begins, hopefully, when one enters adult awareness...
This stage is the ordinary level of awareness in which consciousness is
immersed in the immediacy of experience, half aware and half asleep...
...Some people access a state of consciousness where infinite creativity is
available. This level is the source of all genius and inspiration, the source
of poetry, music, art, literature, science, and philosophy...
...Next are the three degrees of enlightened awareness: partial, complete, and
total. In partial enlightenment, individual awareness expands. This expansion
of awareness includes transcendental experience...(but) While there is a larger
understanding of life, reality and being, the heart's transformation hasn't met
the depth of the mind's enlightenment, and so, the enlightenment is only partial.
Complete enlightenment, however, is the fruit of an expanded integration of the
mind and the heart. Wisdom, love and compassion join together in animating
consciousness...Self-interest is abandoned in the will's surrender to this love
and wisdom. Although this stage of enlightenment is complete it is not total...
Beyond complete or integrated form, there is total enlightenment. While it in-
cludes the previous levels, it is infinitely greater because it enjoys a vast or
cosmic consciousness wedding to an equal degree of heart or sensitivity.
The quality of its sensitivity is such that it embraces in its compassion all
sentient beings...This precious sensitivity is characteristic of Christ, the
Buddha, bodhisattvas, mystic sages, and saints. This kind of sensitivity
is the fullness of awareness. Consciousness knows reality through
pure intuition and affirms it through pure compassion...
Beyond all the realms of knowing is the divine itself...
Excerpted from "The Mystic Heart,"
by Brother Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001
Intellect can orbit about the truth forever, but it doesn't have feet to land.
There is a faculty, however, that doesn't need to travel to find Truth.
For which Truth was never hidden or obscured.
For it is a native of Truth from birth.
It is not blind faith. It is an inner vision. It is not mind, but even more essential
to our very being. It is the foundation from which meaningful thought begins
and with it all things resolve. For it knows intimately that which the mind
can only peer at through the shifting clouds.
Your mind itself is no more than a creation,
a whim of a Creator who fashioned it from nothing.
To approach the One Who Created Intellect, you need a sense which is
beyond self. We call this sense emuna, which some translate as faith.
But this type of faith does not ignore intellect. It takes you far beyond.
Both quotes from the wisdom of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson;
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad. org
And now, the Last Word:
Every movement, every glance, every thought
and every word can be infused with love.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Contemporary Buddhist monk, poet,
scholar and human rights activist
Chaos is infinitely complex order.
Physicist and author
Thich Nhat Hanh