Welcome To The Religion Network!
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.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
ON TODAY'S SITE:
George Herbert, Heraclitus, Rumi, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Driving to church this morning I passed a young girl of about nine, jogging on the
sidewalk. She was adorable in her jaunty cap, yet she was completely focused
on her run. Her confidence stemmed from knowing her father rode a bike a few
feet away, keeping her safe.
He was athletic and could easily have powered a
bike up a mountain path, but today he coasted slowly beside his child, forsaking
his power so he might protect her; and just to spend time with her on her journey.
Such an act of selfless love. Such beauty in relationship. It was literally poetry
in motion as the wheels of his bike slowly turned to the rhythm of his daughter's
child-sized strides. And so the Father forsakes His mighty power to ride slowly
beside us, to make sure we're safe, and just to spend time with as we journey.
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Note from Lisa: The dialogue in this poem is of heaven, perhaps in heaven itself.
You'll note the exquisite play on words from the divine Echo, who gently and even
guides our inquisitive mortal towards everlasting peace and joy.
O who will show me those delights on high?
Thou Echo, thou art mortal, all men know.
Wert thou not born among the trees and leaves?
And are there any leaves, that still abide?
What leaves are they? Impart the matter wholly.
Are holy leaves the Echo then of bliss?
Then tell me, what is that supreme delight?
Light to the mind; what shall the will enjoy?
But are there cares and business with the pleasure?
Light, joy, and leisure; but shall they persevere?
George Herbert (1593-1633)
Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest
However far you go, you will
never find the boundaries of the soul.
Heraclitus (6th-5th century B.C.)
Ancient Greek philosopher
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Note from Lisa: Typical of Rumi, this poem contains soars in ecstasy with roots
dug deep into spiritual mystery. You'll notice that he uses the concept of death
in various ways. We die into love, which is renewal; we die to the material; we
are released from earthly chains by letting desire die; we "die to the deathless,"
meaning we surrender to Everlasting Life. Ultimately, we discover true Life
in the silence of death to all, except All that is Love.
Dying to Love
Die in this love!
If you die in this love
your soul will be renewed
Don't fear the death
of that which is known
If you die to the temporal
you will become timeless
Cut off those chains
that hold you prisoner
to the world of attachment
Die to the deathless
and you will be eternal
and come out of this cloud
When you leave the cloud
you will be the effulgent moon
Die to the din and the noise
of mundane concerns
In the silence of love
you will find the spark of life
Rumi (13th century Persian Sufi poet and theologian)
Excepted from "The Love Poems of Rumi,"
Edited by Deepak Chopra
Translated by Fereydoun Kia
Harmony Books, 1993
The Last Word:
Something Like the Sun
The eye must be something like the sun,
Otherwise no sunlight could be seen;
God's own power must be inside us,
How else could Godly things delight us?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Important German novelist, poet, diplomat
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
It is hard to catch a black cat in a dark room,
especially when it is not there.