Religion, kingdom of God, Christianity

For the kingdom of God is within you: Where is this “withing”? It can’t be observed by a surgeon, just as heaven can’t be found by an astronaut.

Ramana Maharshi comments:

“The ultimate truth is so simple. It is nothing more that being in the pristine state. This is all that needs to be said.

All religions have come into existence because people want something elaborate and attractive and puzzling. Each religion is complex, and each sect in each religion has its adherents and antagonists. For example, an ordinary Christian won’t be satisfied unless he is told that God is somewhere in the far-off heavens, not to be reached by us unaided; Christ along knew Him and Christ along can guide us; worship Christ and be saved. If he is told the simple truth, that “the kingdom of heaven is withing you,” he is not satisfied, and will read complex and far-fetched meanings into it.

Only mature minds can grasp the simple truth in all its nakedness.

The Gospel According to Jesus – by Stephen Mitchell

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