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[1 of 7] Abu Sa-id (978-1061, Persia): primary subject "Way(s)" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)"
Take one step out of yourself, that you may arrive at God.

[2 of 7] Hallaj (858-922, Iran): primary subject "Way, stages, signs of progress" (search under Outer Life/Religions, Ways)"
What is the path to the Lord like? There are two steps and an arrival: Take one step from the world and one step from the afterworld and, behold, you have arrived at the Master.

[3 of 7] Russell, G.W. ('AE') (1867-1935, Ireland): primary subject "Heaven, paradise" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": detail "‘Song and its Fountains’ IX"
Our Eden is not left behind in time, but is all about us and within us, a paradise to be regained as we regain the innocence of wisdom.

[4 of 7] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Afterlife, space and time in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": detail "‘Sayings and Utterances’ 26"
It is child’s talk that a man dies and goes to heaven. We never come nor go. We are where we are. All the souls that have been, are, and will be, are on one geometrical point.

[5 of 7] Boehme, Jacob (1575-1624, Germany): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Aurora": detail "Chapter 19, para.24-26"
If you fix your thoughts concerning heaven, and would fain conceive in the mind what it is, and where it is, and how it is, you need not to swing or cast your thoughts many thousand miles off, for that place, or that heaven, is not your heaven.
 And though indeed that is united with your heaven as one body, and so together is but the one body of God, yet you are not in that very place which is become a creature, aloft, many hundred thousand miles off; but you are in the heaven of this world, which contains also in it a deep, such as is not of any human number (or is not circumscriptive).
 For the true heaven is everywhere, even in that very place where you stand and go, and so when your spirit apprehends the innermost birth or geniture of God, and presses in through the astral and fleshly geniture, then it is clearly in heaven.


[6 of 7] Law, William (1686-1761, England): primary subject "Heaven, is within one" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "William Law: The Works, vol.3": detail "‘Spirit of Prayer’ part 1"
Heaven is as near to our souls, as this world is to our bodies.

[7 of 7] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Reality, observations on" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": detail "‘Newspaper Reports’ Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9, 1899"
The pages of nature are turned before us like the pages of a book, and we think that we ourselves are turning, while in reality we remain ever the same.