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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
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ON TODAY'S SITE:
The Rebbe, Tzvi Freeman, Book of Wisdom, Helen Luke, Wayne Teasdale
Wisdom is not an old man with a white beard in the rocking chair dispensing advice. Wisdom is "more
beautiful than the sun." Continually created on the breath of God, she flows throughout Creation like a
Powerful, commanding and steadfast, she is a Divine Attribute available for us to inhale;
at once practical and pure. Wisdom is lived, not attained. She is not a static coat one puts on, but a
calmly swirling force, cohesive and whole, friend of the prayerful soul.
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"A home," wrote Solomon the Wise, "is built with wisdom."
And not with a hammer.
Because wisdom is the glue of beauty.
Wisdom, meaning the ability to step back and see all of the picture,
the past and, most important, the future to which all this leads.
To see the truth inside each thing.
Without wisdom, there are only fragments.
With wisdom, there is a whole.
And there is peace between all the parts of that whole.
From the wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
For in her there is a spirit that is intelligent and holy,
unique, manifold, subtle,
mobile, clear, unpolluted,
distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen,
irresistible, beneficent, humane,
steadfast, sure, free from anxiety,
all-powerful, overseeing all,
and penetrating through all spirits
that are intelligent and pure and most subtle.
For wisdom is more mobile, most subtle,
because of her pureness she pervades any motion,
penetrates all things.
For she is a breath of the power of God,
and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
For she is a reflection of eternal light,
a spotless mirror of the working of God,
and an image of his goodness.
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do...
doing it with your whole heart and finding delight in
doing it. And the delight is the sense of the sacred.
- Helen Luke
Luke is a British Jungian who writes about the inner life, symbol
and story. She writes that wisdom is knowing what it required of us.
...Each of us will often know what we have to do, and it we do it with
understanding and a willing heart, we will embrace it with real delight
and joy. This joy is the presence of the sacred. Yet it takes great clarity
of mind and heart to know what to do next, to have this kind of practi-
cal wisdom. Wisdom of this sort is the fruit of an inner life...
Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
The Last Word:
For God loves nothing as much as
the man who lives with wisdom.
Book of Wisdom 7:28
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
The worst moment for an atheist is when
he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.
Dante Rossetti (1828-1882)
English Pre-Raphaelite painter