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Mad ravings

It took 30 years to write. Christian anarchists immediately claimed it as holy writ. Russia banned it. Its title sums it up: “The Kingdom of God is Within You.”

Is the light somewhere else? Unequivocally, no. As my favourite chain-smoker roared, “I am that.”

The unfolding revolution

It’s at the root of all dissatisfaction, this tendency to look outside of ourselves for that which can only be found within us. “The kingdom of heaven is within you,” said Jesus, with typically Zen-like compression. Leo Tolstoy used those seven words for the title of a book making the case for an anarchistic Christianity. (Imagine that.) Fearing an outbreak of unrestrained individualism, Russia banned it.