|Welcome To The Religion Network!
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.
-This page was originally published on August 8, 2008-
On Today's Theme:
Confucius was a social philosopher, not a man of religion, per se. He lived
at a time when China was embroiled in chaos and feudal wars. Born into
poverty, he viewed himself as a "transmitter who invented nothing." But
his encouragement of personal study and his grass roots social principles
guided people toward moral self examination and thus to a more peaceful,
structured social philosophy. Even without belief in a personal God, Confucius'
teachings contain precepts that are echoed in many major religions, including
Judaism, Hinduism and Christianity.
As the summer Olympics continue in Beijing, we take a few moments to ponder
the social and philosophical contributions the Chinese gave to the world through
the teachings of Confucius. It's a welcome reminder to open up our hearts to all
the thoughtful and constructive thinkers who have gently walked the earth.
May they be blessed for what they have left behind for us.
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
The elders, wishing to bring peace to the land, first put their own
district in order. To put their district in order, they created order in
their own families. To create order in their own families, they educated
their own selves. To educate themselves, they first purified their hearts.
To purify their hearts, they sought to be honest in their thinking. To be
honest in their thinking, they strove for utmost clarity. To attain the utmost
clarity, they made careful examination of things. Through this examination
their knowledge became complete, their thinking more honest and their
hearts pure. Since their hearts were pure, their self was educated,
their families in order, their district justly governed,
and the land was peaceful and happy.
The sage delights in water, the good man in mountains.
For the sage moves, while the good man stands fast.
The wise are happy but the good are secure.
If I had to select one sentence from three hundred sayings
to summarize my teaching, I would say:
"Let there be no evil in your thoughts."
All quotes by Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Excerpted from "Meditation and Mankind,"
by Vladimir Lindenberg
Rider & Company, 1959
It is cowardice to perceive what it right but not to do it.
Forgive injuries. Forgive your enemy, be reconciled to him,
give him assistance, invoke God on his behalf.
Perfect virtue consists of the ability to practice five things
everywhere under heaven: gravity, generosity, sincerity,
seriousness and kindness.
Knowledge is merely brilliance in the organization of ideas.
It is not true wisdom. The truly wise go beyond knowledge.
All sayings by Confucius
And now, the Last Word:
Heaven means to be one with God.
Forsake not God till you find a better master.