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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Bugger
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Commit your way to Hashem
    --Grant me only what is Your Pleasure

    Midway down the Page:
    --Rumi: Be set free

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Thomas Merton: Obedience to the Holy Spirit
        

  And the Last Word: Huston Smith & Merton
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote:
If you spend your life killing, you will never be rid
of all your enemies. But if you quell your own
anger, you will have slain your real enemy.

Nagarjuna (2nd century)
India

 
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Trust in Hashem and do good; dwell in the land and nourish yourself
with faithfulness. And rely on Hashem for your enjoyments, for He
will grant you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Hashem,
rely on Him and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness
like a light, and your justice like the high noon.

Psalms 37: 3-6
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
Oh my Lord! In case I desire something which is not in accordance
with your pleasure, please do place obstacles in the way of fulfillment.
Grant me instead only what is in accordance with Thy Pleasure.

Shanti Vachan Bhandar, 528
Hindu
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When you forget your own scheming,
happiness will come to you from your
spiritual guide.
When you forget your self,
you are remembered by God.
When you have become His slave,
only then are you set free.

Rumi (1202-1273)
Persian Sufi poet, jurist and theologian
Meditation is then always to be associated in practice with abandonment to the will
and action of God. It goes hand in hand with self-renunciation and with obedience
to the Holy Spirit. Meditation that does not seek to bring our whole being into
conformity with God's will must naturally remain sterile and abstract. But any
sincere interior prayer that really seeks this one all important end - our
conformity to God's will in our regard - cannot fail to be rewarded by grace. It will
prove, without question, to be one of the most sanctifying forces in our lives.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk, author, poet, social activist
This is taken from an article in the Los Angeles Times, dated 12-26-06.
Written by Louis Sahagun, the article is entitled, "Religion 'rock star' turns his
eye inward." This exchange between religious scholar Huston Smith and
Thomas Merton (see the quote above) made me laugh...a little ruefully...
And he (Smith) recalled the time he asked Christian mystic
Thomas Merton to explain what the life of a monk was like.
    "It's very nice," Merton responded.
    "I'm surprised by your response, " Smith said, "given what I
know about the three vows."
    "Oh, those," Merton said. "Poverty is a snap. Chastity more
difficult, but manageable. But obedience - obedience is a
bugger."