|Welcome To The Religion Network!
I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. 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.
Note from Lisa: Last week the 400th Home Page of The Religion Network was posted.
Thank you to the many readers whose thirst for God's deep Love made it possible.
There now are plenty of subjects covered in the Archives. If you are struggling with
a specific challenge, I encourage you to scroll through the titles there, because it's
likely you will be able to find some inspiration to lighten your burden and
enlighten your heart at the same time. God bless you all!
Rabbi Elimelekh said: "Before the soul enters the air of this world,
it is conducted through all worlds. Last of all, it is shown the first
light which once -- when the world was created -- illumined all
things, and which God removed when mankind grew corrupt.
Why is the soul shown this light? So that, from this hour on,
it may yearn to attain it, and approach it rung by rung, in its
life on earth. And those who reach it, the zaddikim -- into
them the light enters, and out of them it shines into the
world again. That is the reason why it was hidden.
Excerpted from "Tales of the Hasidim,"
by Martin Buber
Schoken Books, 1991
Your new work should be your only concern now.
Do not feel attachment to the old. Accept changes
with equanimity, and perform in a spirit of divine
freedom whatever duties come your way.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1951)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship
One day, my mother and I were working together in the garden.
We were transplanting some plants for the third time. Grown
from seed in a small container, the plants had been transferred
to a larger container; then transplanted into the garden. Now,
because I was moving, we were transplanting them again.
Inexperienced as a gardener, I turned to my green-thumbed
mother. "Isn't this bad for them?" I asked, as we dug them up
and shook the dirt from their roots. "Won't it hurt these plants,
being uprooted and transplanted so many times?"
"Oh, no," my mother replied. "Transplanting doesn't hurt them. In
fact, it's good for the ones that survive. That's how their roots grow
strong. Their roots will grow deep, and they'll make strong plants."
...Today, God, help me remember that during times of
transition, my faith and my self are being strengthened.
Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
If we know that the past also lies in the present, we
understand that we are able to change the past by
transforming the present. The ghosts of the past, which
follow us into the present, also belong to the present
moment. To observe them deeply, recognize their
nature, and transform them, is to transform the past...
...The best way of preparing for the future is to take
good care of the present, because we know that if the pre-
sent is made up of the past, then the future will be made
up of the present. All we need to be responsible for is the
present moment. Only the present is within our reach.
To care for the present is to care for the future.
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004
And now, the Last Word:
If it is a quiet day, trust the stillness.
If it is a day of action, trust the activity.
If it is time to wait, trust the pause.
If it is time to receive that which we have been
waiting for, trust that it will happen clearly
and with power, and receive the gift in joy.
Author of over a dozen books
Wisdom in knowing what to do next.
Skill is knowing how to do it.
Virtue is doing it.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
Third President of the United States