"There is a vast difference, however, in the meaning of the omnipresent heaven, which Jesus referred to as being "within" man and within all things, and the meaning of heaven which man holds as being a place up above and apart from the earth. For ages man has thought of heaven as a place above the earth where dead bodies and souls ascend. Literature and art are replete with symbolism which very vividly pictures that primitive concept. If we but enlarge our concept of the meaning of the word heaven to be that zero omnipresent vacuum which is everywhere within and without all things, as symbolized in Fig. 6, then the ages-long idea that we go to heaven when we die is literally true. The difficult thing for man to imagine, however, is the fact that he returns to "heaven" non-dimensionally, just as the dimensioned oak withdraws its huge dimensions into ultra-microscopic nothingness. That is man's difficulty. If he would but realize that his body is but the projected image of an Idea, and that Idea has no measure, it would help him." [Atomic Suicide, page 235]
"It would be well to simplify our thinking as to what Creation really is by putting it into simple words. Creation consists of the invisible universe of Mind, which Jesus called heaven and man calls space, and the visible universe of motion, which man calls matter and substance. There is a vast difference, however, in the meaning of the omnipresent heaven, which Jesus referred to as being "within" man and within all things, and the meaning of heaven which man holds as being a place up above and apart from the earth. For ages man has thought of heaven as a place above the earth where dead bodies and souls ascend. Literature and art are replete with symbolism which very vividly pictures that primitive concept. If we but enlarge our concept of the meaning of the word heaven to be that zero omnipresent vacuum which is everywhere within and without all things, as symbolized in Fig. 6, then the ages-long idea that we go to heaven when we die is literally true. The difficult thing for man to imagine, however, is the fact that he returns to "heaven" non-dimensionally, just as the dimensioned oak withdraws its huge dimensions into ultra-microscopic nothingness. That is man's difficulty. If he would but realize that his body is but the projected image of an Idea, and that Idea has no measure, it would help him.
"We must bear in Mind that the primitive pagan idea was that the earth was all of Creation. Man then thought of heaven as surrounding the earth. Heaven even had a limitation with holes punched in its boundaries for stars. Pagan man had no conception of limitless space and billions of suns and earths. He thought locally. Even his God was for this earth alone, and even for certain races alone. The Greek gods were man-formed and had human emotions and desires. That pagan, man-formed God still persists, a God made in the image of man, a God with arms and legs for which He has no use in a limitless zero expanse, a God who could be angry and wrathful with humans, who could not possibly be omnipresent because of his objective limits. The time must come when man stops praying to a God "up there in heaven" outside of himself, and talk to God within himself. The day of the brotherhood of man, with peace on earth and ecstasy in the heart of man, will never come until man awakens to an awareness of his own divinity, and finds God in the Light of Mind, which he, himself, is. May that day be soon for the many who are ready, and may they hasten the day for the still pagan-minded by awakening the Light within them." [Atomic Suicide, page 235-236]
"And as He has given, "In all thy getting, my Son, get understanding." This is putting proper emphasis in the proper places, and do not become sidetracked by things that would pertain to material or spiritual alone, or things of the body or things of the heavenly force. For you grow to heaven, you don't go to heaven. It is within thine own conscience that ye grow there. For there first must come peace and Harmony within thy purpose, thy ideal, thy hopes, thy desires. Thy wishes even must be in Harmony with thy ideal if you would make the experience in the earth of value to thee." Cayce (3409-1)
"For the individual entity GROWS to a haven of peace and harmony and understanding; or ye GROW to heaven, rather than going to heaven. Ye grow in grace, in knowledge, in understanding." [Cayce 1436-1]
(A) That of the subconscious consciousness, as known in the material plane, or the acts and deeds, and thoughts, done in the body, are ever present before that being. Then consider what a Hell digged by some, and what a haven and heaven builded by many." Cayce (5756-4)
"Now that we know that heaven is a cosmic cognizance or consciousness of that which matter is to that viewpoint - i.e. the essence or vital force of life, let us see what hell is like." Cayce (900-282)
“Jesus had to establish a kingdom as the priests had done: theirs was based on opinions, his on science, so everything that they believed was only an opinion which his science could tear to pieces. So he begins by saying, ‘Seek first the kingdom of Heaven’; that is, seek wisdom or science, then all their craft could be explained. Then he says, ‘The kingdom of Heaven has come unto you and ye will not receive it’; that is, the science is here but you will not try to understand it. In the Old Testament, David called this science wisdom and exhorted his son to seek it first of all. Jesus called it the Kingdom of Heaven and calls on all men to seek it. If this Wisdom and the Kingdom of Heaven were not the same, then Jesus and David had different ideas of wisdom. Does the priest call on the people to get understanding? No. That is what they fear. The priests want them to have religion; that is, to believe in the creeds which cramp the intellect and bind burdens upon them so that they can lead them. They fear investigation, for it is death to their craft.” [Phineas Parkhurst Quimby]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
9. The inherent characteristic of the Loving Intelligent Creative Power was LAW & ORDER.
The undeviating order and reliability apparent in creation, even governing the tiny entities ('cells') within the body, were astonishing and far transcended any human endeavor. Therefore, the entire universe was operating under a system of perfect LAW & ORDER.
I realized on ever higher and higher levels of spiritual exaltation that the 'creative power' exhibited intelligent purposefulness and loving concern for all living things. I realized that life was not something nebulous or amorphous but an intelligent loving creative power which I could actually feel within myself as a tremendously heightened state of being, perception, radiance, ecstasy, joy, love. I knew myself to be one with it - filled with it - and I was one with everything around me and one with the sky and stars.
And - most wonderful and glorious of all - the very 'Nature' and 'Function' of this 'Father - Creative Power' was to work in order to create joy, beauty, and comfort to ensure mankind's well-being, to work within mankind to provide interior joy, health and comfort, and to work through mankind, inspiring him with new realization and understanding.
Wonderful vistas of glorious creativity came to mind. Once we became truly 'at one', purified channels and instruments of the 'Intelligent Creative Power', we could gradually ascend in consciousness until we truly expressed through our minds and hearts the very 'NATURE' of the 'Universal Creative Power'.
Then 'life on earth' would indeed become a 'state of heaven' at all times and we would enter into a state of eternal life! [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 1, page 15]
Heaven and Hell
I AM REMINDED of one English philosopher, EDMUND BURKE. He was very friendly with the archbishop of England. Whenever Edmund Burke used to deliver a talk in the university, the archbishop used to come and listen to him. It was worth listening - EACH OF HIS STATEMENTS WAS COMING WITH HIS WHOLENESS, with great authority.
But he never went to listen to the archbishop on Sunday in the church. The archbishop said, "At least you should come one time. I always come to listen to you."
Edmund Burke said, "You come to listen to me because WHATEVER YOU KNOW IS NOT YOUR KNOWLEDGE - it is all borrowed, and you are not certain of it. Whatever I say is my experience, and I give every evidence and proof and argument for it. I can stake my life for my statements. You are just a parrot. But because you have asked, I will come next Sunday."
SO THE ARCHBISHOP PREPARED A REALLY BEAUTIFUL SERMON, thinking that Edmund Burke will be present, so the sermon has to be as great as he can make it. But he was surprised. Edmund Burke was sitting in the first row but there was no emotion on his face. The archbishop could not judge whether Edmund Burke liked it, disliked it, agreed with it, or disagreed with it; he was very much puzzled.
And as the sermon ended, Edmund Burke stood up and he said, "I HAVE A QUESTION TO ASK, A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION. Because your whole sermon was, in a condensed form, that the people who live a virtuous life according to your Christian ideology, and believe in Jesus Christ, will go to heaven after this life. Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ and live the life of a sinner, will fall into eternal hell after this life.
"My question is," said Edmund Burke, "THAT IF A PERSON IS VIRTUOUS BUT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, WHAT WILL HAPPEN? He is good; his life is a life to be praised, but he does not believe in Jesus Christ - where is he going to be? Or, a man who believes in Jesus Christ but is a great sinner - where is he going to be? You missed mentioning two very important points; your sermon was half. And I was waiting to see whether you were aware of these two possibilities or not."
The archbishop thought for a moment - THE QUESTION WAS REALLY DANGEROUS. If he says the good people are going to heaven whether they believe in Jesus Christ or not, then Jesus Christ and the belief in him become superfluous, non-essential. And if he says those who believe in Jesus Christ - even if they are sinners - will go to heaven, then sin is being approved by the church itself.
He was in a very muddled situation. He said, "Your question needs some time for me to think it over. Just give me seven days. Next Sunday, I will answer it."
For seven days, he tried all the scriptures, tried this way and that way, but... the question was simple... and he was caught in a dilemma. He could not sleep those seven days, because how he is going to face Edmund Burke and his congregation? And whatever he says seems to be wrong: either it goes against Jesus Christ or it goes against a virtuous life. He repented that he ever invited that fellow to come to the church!
He went early in the morning to the church, before the congregation came. He still did not have any answer. He thought, "In the early morning, when there is nobody in the church, I will pray to Christ himself to just show me the light, give me the answer. Because not only my prestige is at stake, his prestige is also at stake."
Seven days, continuously worrying, not sleeping... he was bowing down before the statue of Jesus Christ. HE FELL ASLEEP, AND HE SAW A DREAM. Naturally, because for seven days only one thing had been in his mind, the dream was also connected with it.
He saw himself sitting in a train, and he asked, "Where we are going?" Somebody said, "THIS TRAIN IS GOING TO HEAVEN." He had a great relaxation, and he said, "That's perfectly good. Perhaps this is Jesus Christ's doing, so that you can see for yourself who goes to paradise and who does not go."
As he reached the station of paradise, he could not believe - IT LOOKED SO ROTTEN. He entered inside the paradise. The people he met were almost corpses, walking. He recognized few saints and he asked them that, "I want to ask one question: where is Gautam Buddha? because he never believed in Jesus Christ or in God, but he was one of the most moral men you can conceive."
The saint said, "He is not here."
"Socrates? He was also not a believer in any god, but was a man of great virtue."
"He is also not here."
And he said, "WHY DOES THIS WHOLE PARADISE LOOK LIKE A RUIN? And saints look like the dead; there seems to be no joy. I used to think that angels go on singing with their harps. I don't see any angels, any harps, any song, any dance - just few dull and dead saints are sitting under the trees."
And whoever he asked, said: "Don't bother us; we are tired."
Just an idea came into his mind at that moment that PERHAPS THERE IS A TRAIN GOING TO HELL, also. So he rushed back to the station, and the train was standing at the platform, ready to leave for hell. He entered the train. And as the train started coming closer to its destination, he was even more puzzled. The wind was fragrant with flowers. There was so much greenery, lush green. THE STATION WAS SO BEAUTIFUL - he had never thought that a station could be so beautiful. And people looked so happy, so joyous. He said, "My God, is there something wrong or what?"
He enquired, "IS THIS REALLY HELL?"
And they said, "Do you see in the garden, he is watering the roses."
"And where is Socrates?"
And they said, "Socrates is working in the field."
"Where is Epicurus?"
They said, "He just passed by you. The man who was dancing and playing on the guitar was Epicurus."
At that very moment, the shock was too much - he woke up. He said, "MY GOD! WHAT A DREAM!"
And people had started arriving - particularly, Edmund Burke who was sitting in the front seat already, waiting for the answer.
He described the dream. Edmund Burke said, "Now you conclude also! THE CONCLUSION IS CLEAR: that wherever good people are, there is paradise. It is not that good people go to paradise - WHEREVER GOOD PEOPLE ARE, IT BECOMES PARADISE. And wherever stupid people and idiots are - they may be great believers in God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible, it does not matter - even paradise becomes a ruin. It becomes a hell."
I have loved this incident very much - because this is my approach, too. IF YOU ARE SIMPLE, LOVING, OPEN, INTIMATE, YOU CREATE A PARADISE AROUND YOU. If you are closed, constantly on the defensive, always worried that somebody may come to know your thoughts, your dreams, your perversions - you are living in hell.
Ramaprem, CLEANSE YOURSELF. And meditation is nothing but a cleaning of all the rubbish that has gathered in your mind. And when the mind is silent and the heart is singing... just listen to these birds.
You will be ready, without any fear; but with great joy, to be intimate. And without intimacy, you are alone here amongst strangers. With intimacy, you are surrounded by friends, by people who love you. INTIMACY IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE, ONE SHOULD NOT MISS IT.
But before you can become unafraid of intimacy, YOU HAVE TO BE TOTALLY CLEAN OF ALL GARBAGE THAT RELIGIONS HAVE BEEN POURING INTO YOU, all the crap that for centuries has been handed over to you. Be finished with it all, and live a life of peace, silence, joy, song and dance. And you will transform... wherever you are, the place will become paradise.
The Hidden Splendor
Ch #4: Who is preventing you? join the dance!
am in Chuang Tzu Auditorium
(part 7 of 7)