The Temple of the Heart
Title 3, Chapter 11 THE TEMPLE OF THE HEART
1. Know your own heart and make examination thereof; for if you know not your own heart, there can be no true knowledge of anything. 2. But within the innermost temple of your heart you shall find the seas, the heavens and all the illimitable cosmos, 3. for the space within this temple is as vast as the manifest universe.
4. The ignorant eye shall not see this temple from without, 5. for it is smaller than the seed of an apple, and smaller than the seventh part of the seed of an apple, and the seventh part of a seventh part divided again until what part remains can be seen nor touched nor tasted. 6. The ignorant eye shall not see the temple from within, 7. for it is vast as all the manifest universe. 8. Beyond life, beyond death is the temple, for it is the temple of the Spirit.
9. About the temple and encompassing it around grows a garden overgrown with thorns, which are the thorns of kear. 10. Know well your own heart, and the thorns that grow therein; for without that knowledge you shall rarely pass through into the temple, 11. nor shall you cultivate the flowers of the Spirit which alone make life sweet with their fragrance.
12. For the Spirit is one, and I am the Spirit. 13. And you are the spirit also, in the innermost temple of your heart. 14. And She who is the Spirit My Mother holds out Her hands to you in happiness beyond all knowing and joy beyond expression of all words.
15. And truly, all sweetness is the far-blown scent of this sweetness, and all beauty is the pale and dimmed reflection of this beauty; and all music but the faint and distant echo of this music. 16. And when you think upon this sweetness, will not your heart grow heavy in the thought of the harsh thorns that hold you from it? 17. Will not your faults lay heavy on your soul that divide you from perfection? 18. And that you have frowned upon the laughter of My Mother, will that not cause you now to weep? 19. Let flow your tears, My children, for they are the beginning of joy. 20. For every tear of true repentance shall dissolve away a thorn, and it shall be as though it had not been. 21. But deep are the roots of the thorns, and beyond your power to destroy them, for they are the roots of death. 22. Therefore place your trust not in the power of your own hands, and be not raised up with the pride of self-possession, 23. but cast yourself down and give yourselves to Me in quiet humbleness. 24. To be raised up is to be cast down, but to be cast down is to be raised up. 25. For I was cast down into the very depths, and even as the tears of My Mother’s sorrow raised Me up from death, so shall the tears of My suffering deliver you.
26. Know then your heart and render it to Me; 27. and I shall lead you to the innermost temple of your heart, whose form is the form of a rose.