The Kingdom Of God Is Within You …

God does not look at your outer forms, but at the love within your love.
— Rumi

Don’t go outside your house to see flowers.
My friend, don’t bother with that excursion.
Inside your body there are flowers.
One flower has a thousand petals.
That will do for a place to sit.
Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty
inside the body and out of it,
before gardens and after gardens.
— Kabir from “Kabir: Ecstatic Poems”, Versions by Robert Bly

Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine
rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding
around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but
vegetables.
When you really look for me, you will see me
instantly —
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.
— Kabir

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.
—  Luke 17:20-21

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