Sunday, December 28, 2008

Heaven and Hell

I remember going to church as a child.
All dressed up in my Sunday garb and my uncomfortable “good” shoes, looking forward to wasting another perfect Sunday morning, listening to long boring sermons about going to hell or heaven, you know, the stick and carrot drill.
I always wonder why people wanted to go to heaven. Heaven looked to me like a dreadful place. It was like being condemned to go to church every day for the rest of eternity, and in that context going to hell did not seem to me that frightening.
So my grandparents had to bribe me every week to get me into the church.

So what is heaven?
What is that you work so hard to go to?
Have you ever thought what would your life in heaven be like on a daily basis?
I think this should be a very important question on every mortal’s agenda.
You don’t want to get stuck for the rest of the eternity in the wrong place.
Do you?

I once saw this Twilight Zone episode about a mob hit man that dies in a shoot out with the police. He wakes up in this empty room with this white bearded gentleman next to him.
-Where I am? How come I am not dead and why I don’t have any bullets wounds?
-You are not alive anymore – said the old man – you are quite dead.
-And who are you – asked the gangster
-Well, I am the man that it will grant you every wish.
- Is this some kind of trick?
- No, it is not a trick. This is very real. Go ahead give it a try.

So the gangster asks for a great meal and poof! He gets the best meal imaginable.
Then he asks for money and he gets all the money he wants. Then he asks for a beautiful dame, for two, three. He wants to win at every casino game and have the greatest cars and everything he could imagine. And he gets it.
After getting everything he wants he gets bored. He says to the old man:
-I don’t like this game anymore. I know that every dame will fall for me and I know that I will win every poker hand. It is not exciting anymore. I want to loose this time.
-No problem. Said the old man.
And he losses every hand now, but the gangster is still not pleased.
-This is not working! I know that I’m going to loose and it takes away all the fun.
I thought heaven was supposed to be fun!
-Who said this was heaven? Replies the old man.

Truth is the eternal joy of heavens.
In truth the faithful shall wash his pain and suffering.
In truth he shall wash his tears and sorrows.
In truth the blessed one will find his justice and reward.
And truth will be food and fortune for the hungry and poor.
Truth is the name of God
And truth shall be his eternal reward.

Truth is the eternal flame of hell.
In his searing light the wicked shall become blind.
In his thundering roar his ears shall bleed.
In truth his fortunes and fame shall turn into ashes.
In truth his pleasures and joy shall turn into pain.

Truth is the name of God
And truth shall be his eternal justice.


Aggie said...

I think of earthly life in the flesh as being all about "maintenance." We have to eat, sleep, maintain, look after. We are preoccupied with survival here. I imagine heaven to be free of that ... imagine what would be achievable without all that wasted time on maintenance and survival.

Lydia said...

Clyde Rice wrote his first novel when he was an old man. It was a memoir of his richly-and-lustily-lived life. The title of the book is A HEAVEN IN THE EYE. I love the title because it reminds me that heaven is all around me and may not exist anywhere else. In case it does not exist anywhere else I must be mindful of my heaven in the eye.
btw, Back in the 1980s I sent that book to my alcoholic father who I only saw twice in my life. Some years later he was found dead in his apartment with his head resting on that book in the chair.

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Don't Feed The Pixies said...

I've just been re-watching "Angel" on DVD and got to the story where Angel, devoid of hope, sets off for "Head Office" of Wolfram & Hart to take on the evil once and for all - only to find that it's right here on Earth (though famously Belinda Carlisle had alternate thoughts on this)

I've often thought that endless prayers and Cliff Richard concerts would be purgatory - and it's true that if you always get what you want then you cease to appreciate it. Happy new year xx

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Lydia said...

I really really miss you and your posts, Buddha! I hope your vacation is going beautifully and that you return refreshed.

Buddha said...

@ Aggie – I never thought of that. It is a fascinating Idea.
@ Lydia – It sounds just like my alcoholic father who I saw just a couple times in my life.
@ Lea – Thank you! I sure will.
@ Jann – Thank you Jann!
@ Pixie – I had that thought too, that hell is right here on Earth.
@ Jane – Thank you for the award! I already checked it.

Allen said...

What if heaven is a state of consciousness and the exquisite experience of now? No need to go anywhere or do anything. You've already arrived.

C. Om said...

I like your Heaven and Hell. Check out the one I did a while back.

Great blog! Don't stop.