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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing 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
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All of the quotations on today's site are wisdom of "The Rebbe,"
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994). The Rebbe was
the seventh and final spiritual leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.
Some Orthodox Jews believe him to be their long-awaited Messiah. For
certain, he was a prophet of great spiritual depth, and the world
is better off for his having walked upon it.
The quotations are courtesy of Chabad.org
Words and condensation of the following concepts are by Tzvi Freeman.
Doing good is not about being nice.
You can do nice things all day long for many people, but it could be all
just more service of your own self, food for your own ego.
The World was designed so people would need each other, not so you
could be nice, but to give you the opportunity to escape the confines
of your own self.
When you help those who show gratitude, when you lend a hand to those
who are on your side, you are still within the realm of your own ego and self.
Help someone you don't want to help. Help him and learn to want to
help him -- only because it is the right thing to do.
At first, it may not feel so rewarding. But you have sprung free.
We are all prisoners. But we sit on the keys.
Finitude is our cell. The universe is our prison.
Our jalikeeper is the act of being.
The keys to liberation are clenched tightly in the fists of our own egos.
"Rebbe!" the man cried. "Nobody gives me respect!
Everybody steps all over me and my opinions!"
"And who told you to fill the entire space with yourself,
so that wherever anyone steps, they step on you?"
Man is G-d's needle to sew the many patches of Creation
into a single garment for His glory.
At one end, the needle must be hard and sharp, to squeeze
through the ordeal. But the other end must have a vacant
hollow, a nothingness with which to hold the thread.
A sense of nothingness doesn't mean being everybody's
doormat. In fact, just the opposite: A sense of nothingness
is your gateway to infinite powers.
Nothingness is the medium through which all energy moves,
from above to below and from below to above.
Below, in man, a sense of nothingness that transcends ego.
Above, a Nothingness that transcends all boundaries and planes.
The nothingness below fuses with the Nothingness above,
locking heaven and earth in eternal embrace. That is
why G-d is found amongst the truly humble.
And now, the Last Word:
A person must be on fire - the fire of an altar
burning up the ego inside, bringing
the animal close to the divine.
A large ego burning makes a lot of noise.
A small ego burns quietly.
Wisdom of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is a nobler art of leaving things undone...
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination