|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:
Music is a boat of sound that has the capability to carry our minds
and hearts across the tumultuous ocean of daily life toward
contentment and peace.
I encourage you to find the kind of
music that takes you there - into the "cave of the heart."
It can be music in any form: vocal, instrumental or even percussion.
It might be classical, world music or jazz. The only requirement
is that it be music of quality and beauty.
- Lisa Bowman
'Tis said, the pipe and lute that charm our ears
Derive their melody from rolling spheres;
But Faith, o'erpassing speculation's bound,
Can see what sweetens every jangled sound.
We, who are parts Adam, hear with him
The song of angels and of seraphim.
Our memory, though dull and sad, retains
Some echo still of those unearthly strains.
Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase:
We listen and are fed with joy and peace.
Rumi (ca. 1207 - 1273)
Persian poet and Sufi theologist
Translated by R. A. Nicholson (1868-1945)
From "Persian Poems, an Anthology of verse traslations
edited by A. J. Arberry
Everyman's Library, 1972
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
German; one of the most respected composers of all time
Then David and all the house of Israel played music
before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood,
on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines,
on sistrums, and on cymbals.
2 Samuel 6: 5
The Holy Bible
New King James version
Integrating music and art into contemplative practice,
or making them practices in themselves, is another way of
allowing spirituality to become more holistic - to affect
the whole person, each one of us in our expanded integrity.
Art and music have special qualities that permit us to soar
to heights far beyond the range of intellect intuitive and
supra-rational experience. In time, and with guidance,
they can become precious means of accessing
mystical dimensions previously little
known or experienced.
From "The Mystic Heart,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2001
And now, the Last Word:
The aim and final end of all music
should be none other than the glory of
God and the refreshment of the soul.
Johann Sebastion Bach (1685-1750)
German composer and organist,
...what an understatement!
Utopia is never produced through educational reform
at the institutional level. Utopia resides in subtle,
one-on-one relationships between individuals.
President Emeritus of Oberlin College