In case you haven’t already noticed, this blog is not a fully integrated set of posts that are logically connected from day today. It is a work in progress just as I am a work in progress. On day one, I reminded you of the quote by Eckhart Tolle, “There is and always has been only one spiritual teaching.” As I move through the activity of life, there are signs that reinforce this message and I find them all around me. It is my intention to share these messages with you. Some call these signs synchronicity, a word that I love. I experienced some synchronicity this morning.
As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I am currently reading the Upanishads, an ancient spiritual Hindu text written in Sanskrit. I am reading an English translation by Juan Mascaro. Perhaps someday, I’ll understand Sanskrit, but for now I settle for what I can understand today. In reading an excerpt from the Chandogya Upanishad, I came across this passage:
OM. In the centre of the castle of Brahman, our own body, there is a small shrine in the form of a lotus-flower, and within can be found a small space. We should find who dwells there, and we should want to know him.
And if anyone asks, ‘Who is he who dwells in a small shrine in the form of a lotus-flower in the centre of the castle of Brahman? Whom should we want to find and to know?’ we can answer:
‘The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon, and the stars; fire and lightning and winds are there; and all that now is and all that is not; for the whole universe is in Him and He dwells within our heart.
This passage reminded me of a verse in the Holy Bible, Luke 17, 20-21:
Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. His answer was, “The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’; because the Kingdom of God is within you.”
The New Testament of the Holy Bible and the Upanishads are in agreement here. The castle of Brahman and the Kingdom of God are one; both/and together in beautiful harmonious oneness. OM, Amen.