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:
Rabi'ah, Wayne Teasdale, Albert Einstein
VIDEO FEATURE: Rabbi Mentz: "Who Are You? Noah vs. Abraham"
This is a 3:42 video on YouTube by Rabbi Chaim Mentz of Bel Air Chabad, CA.
There was a small dinner party at our house the other night - good friends - lots of
great Hungarian food that we cooked by committee; and some deep conversation.
The discussion ultimately came around to faith, which we all agreed is a decision an
individual has to make in their heart, for we cannot "prove" the existence of God with
any scientific method. When I proposed the long odds of life appearing on earth as
as an argument for God's existence, I was shot down by the astronomer and the
biology teacher, both of whom are religious men. Not a compelling scientific argu-
ment, they insisted. Belief in a higher power stems from an unprovable decision.
I believe God is the Reason, even though we cannot use human reason to find God.
While science works to discover the what, where, how and how much of earthly
life, religion seeks to uncover the "why" of all existence - the purpose behind all
the scientific explanation.
Why was life created? Who created the energy of the
motion of creation? Why is life? Why is love? Why is why and most importantly,
Who is Why? I love the joke about the scientist who informs God that he can
now create life, too. A very amused God asks the scientist to show him.
"Well," replies the scientist, "First I take this lump of clay..."
"Oh, no," thunders God. "Make your own clay."
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My Food for the Journey--
You are my breath,
My abundant wealth,
Without You--my Life, my Love--
I would never have wandered across these endless countries.
You have poured out so much grace for me,
Done me so many favors, given me so many gifts--
I look everywhere for Your love--
Then suddenly I am filled with it.
O Captain of my Heart,
Radiant Eye of Yearning in my breast,
I will never be free from You
As long as I live.
Be satisfied with me, Love
And I am satisfied.
Purported patriarch of the two main branches
of the Adanite tribes of Arabia
My inner life has been the drama of the divine mystery
communicating its presence and love to me, and saturating
my being. But it has has been an essentially apophatic ex-
perience -- one that cannot be grasped or described. The
mystical life defies our categories of systemization. Its
vividity, clarity, intensity, and transcendental nature
overflow our finite categories. Bede Griffiths once said to
me that ultimate realization is similar to sitting in a com-
pletely dark room. You seem to be alone, but then all of a
sudden someone comes up and wraps his or her arms around you.
You know someone is there, but you can't see a face. You know
the divine is there because it loves you, holds on to you, ele-
vates you to greater capacity; but it rarely removes its veil.
Excerpted from "The Mystic Heart,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001
The Last Word:
The most beautiful and profound emotion
we can experience is the sensation of the
mystical. It is the sower of all true science.
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is a nobler art of leaving things undone...
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
Lin Yutang (1895-1976)
Chinese writer and inventor
TO BOLDLY GO...