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Welcome To The Religion Network!

WELCOME! 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.

When I was a child I used to play with a kaleidoscope.
I took a tube and a few pieces of ground glass, turned
it a little bit, and saw many wonderful sights. Every
time I made a small movement with my fingers, one
sight would disappear and another would appear. I did
not cry at all when the first spectacle disappeared, be-
cause I knew that nothing was lost. Another beautiful
sight always followed. If you are the wave and you be-
come one with the water, looking at the world with the
eyes of water, then you are not afraid of going up,
going down, going up, going down.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926- )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and author
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004


No mirror ever became iron again. No bread ever
became wheat; no ripened grape ever became
sour fruit. Mature yourself and be secure from
a change for the worse. Become the light.

Rumi (1207-1273)
Persian Sufi poet and theologian

One day my mother and I were working together
in the garden. We were transplanting some
plants for the third time...

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
transported 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
Hazeldon, 1990

We fear many things...We fear losing a job or falling into
poverty. We fear change -- a new career, a new home,
a new marriage...Why are we afraid and what are we afraid of?

...God has given each of us the abilities and resources
to overcome the challenges that life provides. When you
place absolute trust in G-d and acknowledge the true
purpose of your life, even your most serious fears --
of sickness or poverty or death -- will begin to dissipate
in the crisp light of clarity.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful LIfe:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


And now, the Last Word:

How fleeting and insignificant is the lot of
humankind -- yesterday an embryo,
tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the
hair's-breadth of time assigned to you,
live rationally, and part with life cheerfully,
as the ripe olive drops to the ground,
extolling the season that bore it
and the tree that nurtured it.

Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Roman emperor and philosopher





























































Bonus Quote:
It's not that I'm afraid to die;
I just don't want to be there when it happens.

Woody Allen (1935-  )
American film director, actor and screenwriter