|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:
In the manner of Dr. Seuss, God is Who-ness. He is also Where-ness,
When-ness and All Why-ness. He is Macro and Micro. He-ness is also She-
ness. The list goes on, but don't forget, while He is the Many, He is Oneness.
By now you're either totally confused or have spun off into mystical ecstacy.
We propose all the Zen paradoxes, because when you and I refer to "trying to
find God," it's important to expand our concepts of the whereabouts of God.
We look both outside ourselves and inside ouselves to find Him. We run
towards Him, yet, in reality, it is He who seeks and finds us.
After a while, the contradictions are no longer
paradoxes, but rather, they comprise completeness.
- Lisa Bowman
The Blue Marble, NASA image
The force that holds electrons in their orbit and planets in theirs,
explodes incessantly within the stars above and is the darkness
that fills the empty space--that force is a single whole and it is G-d.
It is not all of G-d. It is an expressions of G-d. All of it could disappear
in a single instant, and for Him nothing would have changed.
Where is it that you can find all of G-d?
Wherever He wishes to be found.
Right now, He hides within some scattered branches
upon an autumn hut.
Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent Hasidic rabbi
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Into my heart's night
Along a narrow way
I groped; and lo! the light,
An infinite land of day.
Rubaiyat of Rumi (c. 1207-1273)
Persian poet and theologian
Light echoes from Red Supergiant star, Hubble telescope
The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are round about him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries round about.
His lightnings lighten the world; the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
and all the peoples his glory.
Psalm 97: 1-6
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version
I feel Him percolating through my heart, as through all hearts,
through the pores of the earth, through the sky, through all
created things. He is the eternal motion of joy. He is the
mirror of silence in which all creation is reflected.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Hindu yogi and guru
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light
which flashes across his mind from within.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1892)
American writer and naturalist
Center of Galaxy NGV3370, NASA image
The Spirit of God makes Himself known in our hearts
by awakening in us the recognition of God's love for
us in His Son Jesus Christ, and by showing us how to
keep His commandments. "By this hath the charity of
God appeared towards us, because God hath sent His
only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by
Him...By this is the Spirit of God known: Every spirit
which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh,
is of God...By this we know the spirit of truth and the
spirit of error...Everyone that loveth is born of God.
He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for
God is charity" (I John 4).
Excerpted from "No Man Is an Island"
by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk, poet, social activist
Harcourt, Inc., 1983
The Last Word:
Some unseen fingers, like idle breeze,
are playing upon my heart the music of the ripples.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Nobel laureate
Random Bonus Quote:
I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe
when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
American director and actor
Book of Psalms;