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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:
Light is one of the most powerful metaphors in language because
it vanquishes darkness, the metaphor for all our fears, injustice
and hatred that plagues this mortal world.
Light is powerful enough to overpower all shadows in its path,
and yet delicate enough to slip through the smallest crack and
gently brighten a gray corner. Lucky for us, we can take that
metaphor to the bank when it comes to Divine Light, which
slices easily through the darkness of evil's meanest forces,
and yet slides so gently through the cracks in the walls
of our hearts to brighten their dark little corners.
All that came into being...
...all the created world and all the ethereal entities that live in them,
even the worlds that are mere emanations without tangible substance,
even the worlds of thought and beyond to the realms of
infinite light that preceded Creation...
...all this came to be only as a result of the thought of you, the earthly
being, struggling in a world that only an infinitesimal glimmer of G-dliness
has reached in its purity, bringing light where light could not be.
And so it follows, that with one simple act of beauty, all those worlds and
angels and realms of light become liberated and elevated and
reciprocate with a burst of illumination into our lowly world.
That is why the entire creation can be transformed with one
simple, sincere deed.
Never underestimate the power of light.
The wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Schneerson (1902-1994)
Seventh and last Rebbe of the Chabad Lubavitch movement
Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman
Courtesy of Chabad.org
Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it
in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God's
goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you
ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me?
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
Alsatian physician, philosopher and theologian
Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali poet, Brahmo religionist
From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things,
and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American essayist, philosopher, poet
Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world,
who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for
men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the
dark paths of the world, himself a light.
Felix Adler (1851-1933)
Founder of Ethical Culture
The Last Word:
Love is not consolation. It is light.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity
to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of
pain, and hunger, and mosquitos and silly people.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)