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God is Within   E-mail 

Life is structured so that the finest, most meaningful aspects are often hidden from outer exposure. The sweetness of an orange is hidden within a bitter skin. The seed of a tree, from which life will spring, is protected within a hard shell. And a man may walk the earth, not knowing that a vast depository of riches lies hidden deep within the ground beneath his feet.

From earliest childhood our senses respond to outward sensations. Without guidance and understanding, we could spend a lifestime appreciating the world only in an outward direction. But the true riches of life lie within. Through appreciation of the wisdom of the past, through prayer, and, most of all, through deep meditation, we can become one with the inner silence that is part of God.

When that silence is reached, it begins to radiate throughout all of one's activities. When a large number of individuals radiate this inner silence, heaven will begin to be seen on earth.

"Do not go to the garden of flowers! O friend! go not there; In your body is the garden of flowers. Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the infinite beauty."
- Bhagat Kabir Ji

Oneness

Every major religion of the world has similar ideas of love, the same goal of benefitting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings:

"What the undeveloped man seeks is outside; what the developed man seeks is within himself."
-Confusionism

"If you think the Law is outside yourself, you are embracing not the absolute Law but some inferior teaching."

-Buddhism

"Do not search in distant skies for God. In man's own heart is He found."

-Shintoism

"God abides hidden in the hearts of all."
-Hindusim

"...Behold, the kingdom of God is within you."

-Christianity

"This is a wonderful, unique discourse:
The living self is the image of the Supreme Being.
It is neither old nor a child;
Neither it suffers pain, nor in death?s snare is caught;
It is not shattered nor dies;
In all time it is pervasive.
It feels not heat nor cold;
Neither has it friend nor foe;
It feels not joy nor sorrow:
All is its own; to it belongs all might.
It has neither father nor mother;
Beyond the limits of matter has it ever existed.
Of sin and goodness it feels not the touch -
Within the heart of each being it is ever awake. "

-Sikhism
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, pg. 868
 
 


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