|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.
On Today's Theme:
As we travel on our spiritual path, we often take action without a full
understanding of the action's spiritual meaning. Sometimes we may ex-
perience something new - see it, feel it or think it - and although we fail to
completely understand it either, we are uplifted and carried for awhile to
a more transcendent place in the heart. We may label it inspiration, or as
an "Aha!" moment; rising above the material world, or living in the present
moment. However you think of them, these moments are precious remind-
ers that we are not meant to live mired in the hard mud of the knowable.
If wisdom is a holy quality, which we explored on Friday's site, wonder
carries us on its holy wings to spiritual places, as long as we're
willing to lift anchor from the sea bottom of tangible knowledge.
- Lisa Bowman
It is liberating, this knack we have to discover what works
before understanding how.
Certainly, it is nice to know the "how." When you know and
understand, you can immerse your entire mind and
heart into the matter.
But when you experience that which you do not yet understand,
there is surprise and there is wonder. For that moment, you are
swept away and lifted out of your little world. You taste first-
hand that, yes, there is truly a reality that exists beyond
my own mind and heart.
This is the path of wonder the Torah takes to come into our
world. It is a path that takes an open mind, one ready for
truths beyond itself. As the people declared at Sinai,
"We will do, and then we will understand."
Note - The Torah comprises the first five book of Hebrew scripture:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson;
words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
"Assuredly I say to you, whoever does not
receive the kingdom of God as a little
child will by no means enter it."
The Holy Bible
New King James Version
With all your science can you tell how it is,
and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, naturalist, philosopher
That which we look at but cannot see is the invisible.
That which we listen to but cannot hear is the inaudible.
That which we reach for but cannot grasp is the intangible.
Beyond reason, these three merge, contradicting experience.
Their rising side isn't bright. Their setting side isn't dark.
Sense-less, unnamable, they return to the realms of nothingness.
Form without form, image without image,
indefinable, ineluctable, elusive.
Confronting them, you see no beginning, following them, you see no end.
Yet, riding the plowless plow can see the timeless Tao,
harvesting the secret transcendence of the Now.
Verse 14, Tao Te Ching
Lao-Tzu (6th century BC)
Ancient Chinese philosopher
Translation by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble, 2002
The Last Word:
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
English poet of the Victorian era
Random Bonus Quote:
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
The way of life is wonderful; it is by abandonment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American poet and philosopher