Today's Theme: EXTRAVAGANT AWAKENINGS
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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. We provide inspirational
quotes by exploring a new theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This site is offered in 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 precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities.
However you choose to worship, I hope this site enhances your journey.
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On Today's Theme:


Earth drips with emerald leaves and jade rivers;
garnet sunsets and coral sunrises; turquoise day
oceans and diamond-studded onyx midnights.

Peacocks flaunt piercing eyes on irridescent feathers.
Parrots screech colors brighter than clowns, while
small, walnut wrens plead soothing beauty.

Today the world was born again, created anew by
an extravagant, wildly creative God. Today again, He
breathed a vast breath and blew the cosmos into being.

- Lisa Bowman

The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. After one extravagant
gesture of creation in the first place, the universe has continued to deal
exclusively in extravagances, flinging intricacies and colossi down aeons
of emptiness, heaping profusions on profligacies with fresh vigor.
The whole show has been on fire since the word go!


Annie Dillard (1945-      )
Pulitzer Prize winning American author



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How the valley awakes. At two-fifteen in the morning there are no sounds
except in the monastery: the bell rings, the office begins. Outside nothing,
except perhaps a bullfrog saying "Om" in the creek or in the guesthouse
pond. Some nights he is in Samadhi; there is not even "Om." ...The first
chirps of the waking day birds mark the "point vierge" of the dawn under a
sky as yet without real life, a moment of awe and inexpressible innocence,
when the Father in perfect silence opens their eyes. They begin to speak to
Him, not with fluent song, but with an awakening question that is their dawn
state, their state at the "point vierge." Their condition asks if it is time for
them to "be." He answers "yes." Then, they one by wake up, and become
  become birds... Here is an unspeakable secret: paradise is all
  around us and we do not understand. It is wide open.

Thomas Merton, 1915-1968
American Trappist monk, contemplative writer, poet.
From "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

O God,
We thank you for this earth, our home;
for the wide sky and blessed sun, for the
ocean and streams, for the towering hills and
  the whispering wind, for the trees and grass green.

We thank you for our senses by which we hear the
songs of bird, and see the splendor of fields of
golden wheat, and taste autumn's fruit, rejoice in the
feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.

Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty;
and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing
where even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.

For each new dawn is filled with infinite
possibilities for new beginnings and new discoveries.
Life is constantly changing and renewing itself. In this
new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible.
We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening to the
wonder that our lives are and yet, can be.

source: Appleseeds.org


The power of spiritual forces in the Universe - how active it is everywhere!
Invisible to the eyes, and impalpable to the senses, it is inherent in all things,
and nothing can escape its operation. 


Confucius (551-479 BC)
Chinese thinker and social philosopher


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To display his eternal attributes in their inexhaustible
variety, the Lord made the green fields of time and space.


Jami (1414-1492)
One of the last great Sufi poets of Persia

 


...and now,
The Last Word:


The best things are nearest: breath in
your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers
at your feet, duties at your hand, the
path of God just before you.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish novelist and poet





 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Bonus Quote:

In its deepest sense, love is the life,
the energy of God in us.

Kallistos Ware (1934 -  )
English, Eastern Orthodox priest
Bishop of Diokleia
and author

 


On today's
Home Page:


Annie Dillard;
Thomas Merton;
Appleseeds
prayer;
Confucius;
Jami;
Robert Louis
Stevenson



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