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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

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ON TODAY'S SITE:

Meister Eckhart, Juris Rubenis, Maris Subacs, Lao Tzu, Dalai Lama, Book of Romans
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Dear Readers,

God gives us all good things. It pleases him to do so, not unlike any parent. But we must ask ourselves what
we would wish to give to a child who was kissing our "you-know-what" just to cajole us out of say, $100.
It's not that we wouldn't want to make them happy, it's that we would know their love for us was false, and
that their disingenuousness indicates they wouldn't use the money for anything substantive anyway.

So why do so many televangelists and authors try to convince us that we should pray to God because he
wants us to have that BMW and the Rolex? Why on earth would our heavenly Father want to give us wealth
to buy things we crave which will only block our view of him - things that will make our happiness hollow?
It's a delusional viewpoint at best and destructive at worst.

It's when we love God because he is God the Father-Mother, the Almighty, our very Breath; when we lose
attachment to worldly things that God knows we are finally ready to receive every single good thing
without doing harm to ourselves. It's then that the flood gates begin to swing wide open.

- Lisa



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The just man loves God for nothing, neither for this
nor for that, and if God gave him wisdom or anything
else he had to give, except himself, the just man would
not look at it, nor would it be to his taste; for he wants
nothing, seeks nothing, and has no reason for doing anything.
As God, having no motives, acts without them, so the just
man acts without motives. As life lives on for its own
sake, needing no reason for being, so the just man
has no reason for doing what he does.



From "Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing,"
Boston & London, 2005


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The people who receive the most are those who
let God give them what God wants to give them.


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You cannot make a profit from God
because God is too costly.

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There are financial centers and spiritual centers.
In financial centers people buy spirituality.
In spiritual centers they give it away for free.


From "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs
Paraclete Press, 2007



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(St. Augustine says) ... "he is too greedy to whom God does not
suffice." And again, in another place, "How could a man be
satisfied by God's gifts in the creatures who is not satisfied
by God himself?" A good man should not find comfort but
pain in all that is alien and different from God
and not wholly God himself.

From "Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing,"
Boston & London, 2005




Photo by Stephen Bowman


Colors can make us blind!
Music can make us deaf!
Flavors can destroy our taste!

Possessions can close our options!
Racing can drive us mad
and its rewards obstruct our peace!

Thus, the wise
fill the inner gut
rather than the eyes,
always sacrificing the superficial
for the essential.



"Tao Te Ching,"
by Lao Tzu
Translation by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble, 2002

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The sense of contentment is a key factor
for attaining happiness. Bodily health,
material wealth and companions and
friends are three factors for happiness.

Contentment is the key that will determine
the outcome of your relations with all
three of these factors.


Excerpted from "The Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom"
Fall River Press, 2007


The Last Word:

Oh, the depth of the riches of the
wisdom and knowledge of God !

Romans 11:33
The Holy Bible
New International Version



 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Totally Random Bonus Quote:

When the way comes to an end, then change -
having changed, you pass through.


I Ching

 


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