The Kingdom Is Within You
The ultimate Truth is so simple, it is nothing more than being in one’s own natural original state. However, it is a great wonder that to teach such a simple truth a number of religions should be necessary and that so many disputes should go on between them as to which is the God-ordained teaching. What a pity! Just be one’s Self, that’s all.
I remarked that people did not want simplicity. “Exactly,” replied Bhagavan, “they want something elaborate and mysterious, that is why so many religions have come into existence. For example the Christian will not be satisfied unless he is taught that God is somewhere hidden away in Heaven and cannot be reached without the help of the Church. Christ alone really knew Him and it is Christ alone who can guide us to Him. But if they are told the simple truth, ‘The Kingdom of God is within you,’ they are not satisfied and read some complicated and far-fetched meaning into it. It is only those who are mature that can understand the matter in its naked simplicity.”
~ Ramana Maharshi ~
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees,
when the kingdom of God should come,
he answered them and said,
“The kingdom of God cometh not with observation,
neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”
~ Jesus ~
Luke 17:20-21 (KJV)