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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:

The Tao Te Ching, Book of Proverbs, Paramahansa Yogananda, Book of Job, Book of Jeremiah, Thomas Merton


Dear Readers,

I was walking down the hallway with Fr. Harold, a Franciscan Capuchin priest, when he turned to me
and referred to his order with grand pseudo-boasting: "You know, we're very proud of our humility."
Such a wonderful sense of humor these men have; they who own nothing and devote their lives to
the service of others. He was right, though. Pride can easily hide under a cloak of humility. Ugly!

For me, it usually goes down like this: My chest swells with the pride in what I want to pretend is my own
accomplishment. The hot air rises to my head, which blows up like a balloon. And then I cringe, because
I know for a fact that within hours the Lord will pop that balloon with the pin of truth that I can do nothing
for or of myself. He simply graces us with the means to do his beautiful, healing work - his idea, his
 Will. Better to pinch off the balloon of pride, tie a string around the end and let it float away, for that's
how much good it is to us. I especially like the way former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier put it:
"Don't be humble; you're not that great."

- Lisa


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Standing on tiptoe will only make you tipsy,
Walking with long strides will not allow a long walk.
Shining the light on yourself will never enlighten you.
Being self-righteous precludes you from being right.
Boasting about yourself will never boost your eminence.
Parading yourself parodies leadership.

Tao consciousness avoid the cultivation of all these ego bloated voids.


Excerpted from "Tao Te Ching,"
Translation & Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2005



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Pride precedes destruction, and
arrogance comes before failure.

Better (to be) lowly of spirit
with the humble than (to be)
sharing spoils with the proud.



Proverbs 16:18-19)
The Stone Edition Tanach


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Pride is blinding, banishing the vision of vastness
possessed by greater souls. Humbleness is the open
gate through which the divine flood of Mercy and
Power loves to flow into receptive souls.



Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian guru and yogi
From Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons



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Humility comes from realizing that God is the Doer, not you. When you see
that, how can you be proud of any accomplishment? Think constantly that
whatever work you are performing is being done by the Lord through you.



Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
From "Self-Realization Magazine"



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...The mirth of the wicked is brief,
the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

Though his pride reaches to the heavens
and his head touches the clouds,
he will perish forever, like his own dung;
those who have seen him will say, "Where is he?"


Job 20: 5-7
The Holy Bible
New International Version



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Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,
let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,
but let who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these things I delight, declares the Lord."


Jeremiah 9:23-24
The Holy Bible
English Standard Version



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The rains of God's mercy cannot gather on mountaintops
of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
From "Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"

The Last Word:

Give me humility, in which alone is rest,
and deliver me from pride, which is
the heaviest of burdens.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and author


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Meditation is a way of being,
not just one more kind of doing.

Lama Surya Das (1950  -  )
Excerpted from "Words of Wisdom"
Koa Books, 2008

 


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