God/Allah/Krishna/Buddha/Yahweh are all names given to an inexplicable force & mystery Mankind has always been in awe of. Whether one believes in God or not, one cannot look up into the cosmos and not wonder why he/she exists at all. Science explains much, but falls short of explaining most of what baffles us existentially. Our tendency is to look outwards for clues/answers, but mystics/poets from the various faith traditions point in another direction . Their collective wisdom reveal that the truth is within. In the Gospel According to Luke, for example, the Pharisees ask Jesus when the Kingdom of God is coming. He answers them , “The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.” In the Dhammapada (a collection of the oral teachings of the Buddha) the Buddha says, “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” This wisdom stretches far back to the ancient Egyptians who conceived that Man was the microcosm of the universe – the macrocosm. This is the reason for their saying, “know thyself”. Spiritually this meant that within Man is the divine essence of the Creator and the Heavens, & this finds expression in their teaching: “The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself shall find it”. The following are some of the teachings, proverbs and maxims translated from the hieroglyphs of the tombs of Luxor and Karnak in Egypt:
-The nut doesn’t reveal the tree it contains.
-Envious greed must govern to possess and ambition must possess to govern.
-Qualities of a moral order are measured by deeds
-Our senses serve to affirm, not to know.
-A house has the character of the man who lives in it.
-Routine and prejudice distort vision. Each man thinks his own horizon is the limit of the world.
-Growth in consciousness doesn’t depend on the will of the intellect or its possibilities but on the intensity of the inner urge.
-Always watch and follow nature.
-The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.
-Man must learn to increase his sense of responsibility and of the fact that everything he does will have its consequences.
-Seek peacefully, you will find.
-Knowledge is not necessarily wisdom.
-By knowing one reaches belief. By doing one gains conviction. When you know, dare.
-Altruism is the mark of a superior being.
-The seed cannot sprout upwards without simultaneously sending roots into the ground.
-Man, know thyself … and thou shalt know the gods.
-The body is the house of God. That is why it is said, “Man know thyself.”
-People bring about their own undoing through their tongues.
-Every man is rich in excuses to safeguard his prejudices, his instincts, and his opinions.
-For every joy there is a price to be paid.