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283Within the little house in the heart

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    May 26, 2004
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      Within the city of the body, there is the heart, and within the heart
      there is a little house. This house has the shape of a lotus, and
      within it dwells that which is to be sought after, inquired about, and
      realized.

      What then is that which, dwelling within this little house, this lotus
      of the heart, is to be sought after, inquired about, and realized?

      As large as the universe outside, even so large is the universe within
      the lotus of the heart. Within it are heaven and earth, the sun, the
      moon, the lightning, and all the stars. What is in the macrocosm is in
      this microcosm....

      The Self resides within the lotus of the heart. Knowing this, devoted
      to the Self, the sage enters daily that holy sanctuary.

      Chandogya Upanishad