The Universe Within —

Remember the fabulous lotus pond my friend introduced me to?

It wasn’t only the beauty of the lotus flowers that so touched me when I wrote that post. For decades (this is many years ago) I carried around a quotation from the Chandogya Upanishads, Hindu scriptures. I took pleasure in copying it out in my fairest hand into my current memo book, and would transfer it from memo book to memo book as each was filled. And then at some point the inner need which it addressed was evidently filled, because I moved on to another quotation, and then after a long time, to another. And another.

But I never quite lost track of the vision of the lotus, really. And now that I’ve come across an actual lotus pond, the wonder of the quotation has reappeared for me. So here it is. Perhaps it will touch a chord and sing for you as well:

In the center of the house of God, which is 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, we should seek 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 center of the house of God? Whom should we seek to find and to know?’ we can answer: ‘The little space within the heart is as great as the 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 hearts.’

Chandogya Upanishads 8:1


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32 Responses to The Universe Within —

  1. eof737 says:

    Stunning waterlily. 😉


  2. your picture of the lily pond is as beautiful as a painting. The quote you copied for so many years is as a painting on the heart – tender and filled with love and awe.


  3. Gemma says:

    Lovely lotus. Thank you.


  4. That photo is really stunning.


  5. Smallpeace says:

    Such a beautiful, hopeful place, “the little space within the heart.” I think I’ll call it Smallpeace. 🙂


  6. grand-player says:

    It certainly did “touch a chord and sing for you”. I hear and feel an entire symphony in this one.


  7. What a beautiful and powerful quote.


  8. pauline says:

    What a wonderful post, J! It reminded me of a quote I copied years ago from Julian of Norwich, a reclusive English nun, about a hazelnut – “Also in this He shewed me a little thing, the quantity of an hazel-nut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball. I looked thereupon with eye of my understanding, and thought: What may this be? And it was answered generally thus: It is all that is made.”

    The picture of the lotus is stunning and such a perfect accompaniment to the text.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Next year we’ll travel to the lotus pond together —
      I love Julian’s hazelnut-that-is-the-world. Another quote I copied out and carried around was also hers: All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
      It was a mantra between me and discouragement many, many times.


  9. Patti Kuche says:

    There is so much comfort in the simple beauty of your picture and words . . . .


  10. Madhu says:

    I can imagine why it touched a chord with you Judith. Connecting or trying to connect with that infinite space within us is the aim of yogic practice. After three years I am not even close! But the process itself is immensely uplifting.


  11. suitablefish says:

    good medicine. thank you.


  12. Beautiful lotus. Love the quote – “the little space within the heart” – amazing how vast that space is and how much it can hold in each of us.


  13. Rebekah says:

    Yes, those words really touched a chord within me…


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