H for Heaven..Choosing to be there now

“What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.”Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

Yes Heaven is not a place for me. Not an aspiration to reach when I die. Heaven is state of mind, a state of peaceful tranquillity. If and when we achieve it, including here and now, we are already in the Heaven!

Reminds me of tale ..

A man who went to see a sage at the top of a mountain.After a tortuous climb, he saw the sage sitting in meditation, in a blissful state of serenity. He  eagerly approached the sage and asked: “What is hell?” 

The sage looked at the podgy man, still huffing and puffing from the climb, and said, “Why would I reveal such secrets to someone as fat, ugly, and immature as you?”

The man grew red in anger, and blasted some nasty words to the sage. The sage took a deep breath and said to the man, “Feel the heat rising from inside you. That heat, that anger, that resentment — that is hell.”

The man understood what the sage had done. He sat down next to the sage, and took in a deep breath. He focussed on the breath and grew centred. His complexion changed. His heart’s beating slowed down to a tranquil state. The sage put his hand on the man’s arm, looked at him with the glance of compassion, and said, “This feeling of tranquility, this calm, this peace, my friend, this is heaven.”

Thus quoting Shams of Tabriz from one of my favourite books, Rule 24 from 40 Rules of Love. (Elif Shafak’s  must read profound novel self-discovery, examining life and love through Sufi mysticism).

Hell is in the here and now. So is heaven. Quit worrying about hell or dreaming about heaven, as they are both present inside this very moment. Every time we fall in love, we ascend to heaven. Every time we hate, envy or fight someone we tumble straight into the fires of hell.






  1. This is exactly how I feel about Heaven and Hell. Like I mentioned on another blogger’s post, it mirrors the principle given in Dr.Faustus, one of my favourite books of all time. Social media, by the way, can do its best to turn us into cynics meant for Hell but mindfulness will bring us back to Heaven. Really enjoyed this piece, Archana 🙂


  2. I have a slightly different take. There are elements of heaven on earth, and there are elements of hell on earth-are now, and always have been. This life is temporary. We are caught in time, but it doesn’t last long. Heaven is a state or a place without evil: no suffering, no sorrow. Hell is a place or a state without good, no joy, no peace. We have glimpses of those states or places here on Earth, but we won’t experience either, (which one is a choice we have to make), until we die.


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