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Published 10-31-11    The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Meister Eckhart, Tzvi Freeman, Swami Vivekananda, Book of Luke, Rumi, Book of Matthew


Dear Readers,

It is said that God is closer to us than our very breathing.
Even though He permeates our bodies and soul, still we
search for Him. The search is the process of realizing
who we are and of what we are made. This awareness is
a rebirth into our spiritual heritage; the treasure we
dig up when we discover the One Who Is, is within and
without, visible and invisible; is All and everywhere.

- Lisa

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You made me to find you; give me strength to seek you...
Where you have opened the door, let me enter in;
where it is shut, open to my knocking.

Let me ever increase in remembering you,
understanding you, loving you, until you
restore me to your perfect pattern.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Influential theologian and philosopher


That 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 expression 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 placed upon an autumn hut.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
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Where can we go to find God if we cannot see
Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
Key figure introducing Hindu philosophies to the Western world


If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature - even a caterpillar -
I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature.

Meister Eckhart (c. 1260- c. 1327)
German theologian and mystic

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Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God
was coming, (Jesus) answered them, "The kingdom of God
is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they
say, 'Lo, there it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom
of God is in the midst of you."

Luke 17:20-21
Revised Standard Version


From the beginning of my life
I have been looking for your face
but today I have seen it...

I am bewildered by the magnificence
of your beauty
and wish to see you
with a hundred eyes...

Your effulgence
has lit a fire in my heart
and you have made radiant
for me
the earth and sky

My arrow of love
has arrived at the target
I am in the house of mercy
and my heart
is a place of prayer

Excerpted from "The Love Poems of Rumi,"
Edited by Deepak Chopra
Harmony Books, 1998

The Last Word:

Ask and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Matthew 7:7
King James Version


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

If fifty million people say a foolish thing
it is still a foolish thing.

Anatole France (1844-1924)
French novelist



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