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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing daily inspiration,
quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless. 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.

Give thanks to Hashem, declare His Name,
make His acts known among the peoples.
Sing to Him, make music to Him, speak
of all His wonders.
Glory in His Holy Name, may the heart of those
who seek Hashem be glad.
Search out Hashem and His might, seek His presence always.
Remember His wonders that He wrought,
His marvels and the judgments of His mouth.
O seed of Abraham, His servant;
O children of Jacob, His chosen ones.
He is Hashem, our God;
over all the earth are His judgments.


Psalm 105: 1-7
Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, 2005


Arise, you little glancing wings

and sing your infant joy!

Arise and drink your bliss!

For every thing that lives is holy;

for the source of life

Descends to be a weeping babe;

For the Earthworm renews the

moisture of the sandy plain.

William Blake (1757-1827)
English poet, visionary, painter, printmaker

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
light, 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 one wake up,
and 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)
An American Trappist monk, Merton was a contemplative writer and poet.
From his book, "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander"


The Eye of Beauty

Krishna passed that mountain many times;
and yet his followers observed that day
that all his mind was filled with fresh delight
as if he'd never walked, nor seen, that way;

the beauty of the mountain ever new,
the moment of its sight, the world reborn;
the mind surprised by what it always knew:
the beauty past all beauty's name and form.

This is true beauty, in ourself revealed:
a sight that's ever fresh, yet ever known;
which eye sees pure, yet mind too oft
conceals: God's unity, in beauty seen;
all, One;

The moment's grace of beauty, ours all day;
from outward eye the sight of inward Way.

Michael Shepherd (b. 1929)
English poet, editor and art critic


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing
is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born theoretical physicist;
Time Magazine's  1999 "Person of the Century"

O love, O pure deep love, be here, be now
Be all; worlds dissolve into your
stainless endless radiance,
Frail living leaves burn with you
brighter than cold stars:
Make me your servant your breath, your core.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Muslim poet, theologian


The knowledge of God may be likened to a man, while the
love of God is likened to a woman. Knowledge has entry only up
to the outer rooms of God; but no one can enter into the inner
mysteries of God save a lover, for to such a one, as to a woman,
even the most secret chambers are open.

Ramakrishna (1833-1886)
Influential Hindu religious teacher

And then our Lord opened my spiritual eye and shewed
me my soul in midst of my heart. I saw the Soul so large
as it were an endless world, and as if it were a blissful
kingdom. And by the conditions that I saw therein I
understood that it is a worshipful city. In the midst of
that City sitteth our Lord Jesus, God and Man, a fair Person
of large stature, highest Bishop, most majestic King, most worshipful Lord; and I saw Him clad majestically. And
worshipfully he sitteth in the Soul, even-right in peace
and rest. And the Godhead ruleth and sustaineth
heaven and earth and all that is---

Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)
English mystic whose book circa 1393
"Revelations of Divine Love" is believed to be the
first book written by a woman in the English language


Bayezid said: "When the exalted Lord, annihilating my
temporal being, allowed me to participate in his unending
duration, the clarity of my eye was sharpened even to
infallibility. I saw God with God's eye; I saw God through
God; and entrenching myself in the truth, I remained calm
and at peace. I drew my tongue back into my helpless mouth
and I threw away the borrowed knowledge which I had
learned from the creatures ...Through his generosity he
has set a tongue in my mouth that can speak and has
given me an eye made of his own light.

Bayezid Bistami (9th century)
India Sufi mystic
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985

I contemplated the great union of the soul with God
through the sacrament, and in an instant I saw myself
wholly united with God, transformed into God, and out-
side all bodily feeling, so that I would have felt nothing
if I had been thrown into the fiery furnace...I saw only
the whole glorious God in himself, loving himself purely,
knowing himself infinitely, embracing all created things
in pure infinite love,...a God of boundless love, all-
exalted in goodness, incomprehensible and unfathom-
able; so that I was with him and found nothing more of
myself; only this I saw, that I am in God; but I did not
see myself, only God alone.

Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi ( 1566-1607)
Daughter of wealthy Italian Renaissance family;
Carmelite nun and saint
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper & Row, 1985


And now, the Last Word:

There is a point in true worship where the
mind may cease to understand and goes
over to a kind of delightful astonishment...
"transcendent wonder," a degree of
wonder without limit and
beyond expression!

A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)
American Protestant preacher, author, editor














Bonus quote:

How can you sing of amazing grace and all God's wonders
without using your hands?

Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972)
American gospel singer


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