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[1 of 12] Anonymous (3000 BC-current, World): primary subject "Heaven, kingdom of" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": detail "From Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection 2"
The Kingdom of Heaven is within you; and whoever knows himself shall find it, and having found it, you will know yourselves, that you are children and heirs of God Almighty and you will know that you are in God and God in you, for you are the very habitation of God.

[2 of 12] Blake, William (1757-1827, England): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "from Plate 71 of ‘Jerusalem; after 1804"
 What is above is within, for everything in eternity is translucent:
 The circumference is within, without is formed the selfish center,
 And the circumference still expands going forward to eternity,
 And the center has eternal states; these states we now explore. …
 For all are men in eternity, rivers, mountains, cities, villages,
 All are human, and when you enter into their bosoms you walk
 In heavens and earths, as in your own bosom you bear your heaven
 And earth and all you behold; though it appears without, it is within,
 In your imagination, of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.

[3 of 12] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Aurora": detail "Chapter 23, para.77"
You need not to ask where that heaven is. It is in your heart, do but open your heart, the key is here shown to you.

[4 of 12] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "‘3 Principles’ vii. 7"
If we speak about heaven and the birth of the elements, we are then not telling of things that are far away or foreign to us, but of that which is taking place within our own self, and there is nothing nearer to us than this birth, for we are therein as in our own mother. If we speak of heaven, we then speak of our home, of our own country, wherein the illumined soul can see, even if that country is hidden before the eyes of the body.

[5 of 12] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "‘Of the Super-Sensual Life’ para.36,37"
Then the scholar asked his Master further, saying, Whither go the souls, both of the saved and the damned, when they leave these mortal bodies?
 His Master answered, The soul needs no going forth; only the outward mortal life and the earthly body do at death separate themselves from the soul. The soul has heaven and hell in itself already. … There is no entering into heaven and hell; for heaven and hell are present everywhere, and it is but the turning of the will either into God’s love, or into his anger, that introduces one into them.

[6 of 12] Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926, Czech Republic): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)"
Nowhere can there be a world but within us.

[7 of 12] St. Isaac of Syria (Nineveh) (613 – c. 700, Syria): primary subject "Heart, work of, attention on" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "‘Homily’ 30 "
Strive to enter within your inner chamber [heart] and you will see the chamber of heaven. For the two are the same and one entrance leads to both.

[8 of 12] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Heaven, paradise" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.10": detail "Section 8931"
It is to be known that heaven is not in any certain and determinate place, thus not according to the common opinion, on high; but heaven is where the Divine is, thus with every one and in every one who is in charity and faith; for charity and faith are heaven, because they are from the Divine; there also do the angels dwell.

[9 of 12] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 54"
It can in no sense be said that heaven is outside of anyone; it is within him. For it is in accordance with the heaven that is within him that each angel receives the heaven that is outside of him. This makes clear how greatly misled is he who believes that to come into heaven is simply to be taken up among angels, without regard to what one's interior life may be, thus that heaven is granted to each one by mercy apart from means; when, in fact, unless heaven is within one, nothing of the heaven that is outside can flow in and be received. There are many spirits who have this idea. Because of this belief they have been taken up into heaven; but when they came there, because their interior life was contrary to the angelic life, their intellectual faculties began to be blinded until they became like fools; and they began to be tortured in their voluntary faculties until they became like madmen. In a word, if those that have lived wickedly come into heaven they gasp for breath and writhe about, like fishes out of water in the air, or like animals in ether in an air pump when the air has been exhausted. From this it can be seen that heaven is not outside of a man, but within him.

[10 of 12] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Hell, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Six Theosophic Points and Other Writings": detail "‘The Sixth Point’ Chapter 9.32,34"
External Reason supposes that hell is far from us. But it is near us. Every one carries it in himself, unless he kill the hellish poison with God’s power, and bud forth therefrom as a new twig, which the hellish quality cannot seize or touch. …
 Every man carries heaven and hell within him in this world. The property which he awakens, the same burns in him, and of that fire is the soul susceptible. And when the body dies, the soul needs to go nowhither, but it is committed to the hellish dominion of which it is the property.

[11 of 12] Law, William (1686-1761, England): primary subject "Hell, Hades" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "William Law: The Works, vol.3": detail "‘Way to Divine Knowledge’ dialogue 2"
There is no hell, but where the will of the creature is turned from God; nor any heaven, but where the will of the creature worketh with God.

[12 of 12] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Space" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": detail "From ‘The Soul and God’"
The soul is nameless because it is formless. It will neither go to heaven nor to hell any more than it will enter this glass. It takes the form of the vessel it fills. If it is not in space, either of two things is possible. Either the soul permeates space or space is in it. You are in space and must have a form. Space limits us, binds us, and makes a form of us. If you are not in space, space is in you. All the heavens and the world are in the person.
 So it must be with God. God is omnipresent.