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kingdom of heaven
Eretz Israel - "the
"Before Newton, the heavenly realm and the earthly
realm remained separate. The heavenly realm was the realm of perfection, where
heavenly bodies moved in perfect circles (well, actually ellipses) and along
predictable paths. The earthly realm was chaotic; what order there was (tides,
day and night, seasons, and so forth) seemed to originate in the heavens.
Naturally, then, people associated the heavenly realm of order and mathematical
perfection with God. Heavenly bodies were not
subject to earthly laws - the moon does
not fall out of the sky the way Galileo's weights fell from the leaning tower
of Pisa." - Charles
A soldier named Nobushige came to Hakuin, and
"Is there really a paradise and a hell?"
"Who are you?"
"I am a samurai," the warrior replied.
soldier!" exclaimed Hakuin.
"What kind of ruler would have you as his
Your face looks like that of a beggar."
so angry that he began to draw his sword, but
"So you have a sword! Your weapon is probably much
too dull to cut off my head."
As Nobushige drew his sword Hakuin
"Here open the gates of hell!"
At these words the
samurai, perceiving the master's discipline, sheathed his sword and bowed.
"Here open the gates of paradise," said Hakuin.
"Behold, to the
Lord thy God belong the heavens and the heavens of the heavens."
Lakish said, they are seven, viz.: Vilon, Rakia, Shchakim, Zbul, Maon, Makhon,
Vilon serves no purpose whatever save this,
that it enters
in the morning, and goes forth in the evening,
and renews every day the
work of creation.
Rakia is that in which are set sun and moon, stars
Shchakim is that in which the millstones stand and
grind manna for the righteous.
Zbul is that in which is the heavenly
Jerusalem and the Temple,
altar is built there,
and Michael the great prince stands and offers
upon it an offering.
Maon is that in which are companies of ministering
who utter His song in the night and are silent in the day for the
sake of the glory of Israel.
Makhon is that in which are the treasures
and the high dwelling-place of harmful dews and the high
dwelling-place of the round drops,
and the chamber of
the whirlwind and of the storm,
and the retreat of noisome vapor;
and their doors are made of fire.
Araboth is that in which are righteousness and judgement and grace,
the treasures of life and the treasures of peace and the treasures of
and the souls of the righteous and the spirits and souls which
are about to be created,
and the dew with which the Holy One, blessed be
He, is about to quicken mortals."
Babylonian Talmud, Tract Hagiga,
Michael Levi Rodkinson
"God, who is all these kinds of heavens in one, has
fallen on our heads like thunder, and God's
infinity is ours." - Henri
Parable of the People with a Higher Aim
Imam el-Ghazali relates to tradition from the life
of Isa, ibn Maryam: Jesus, Son of Mary. [Eight
hundred years before Pavlov the Sufi
el-Ghazali pointed out the problem of conditioning. In spite of Pavlov the
ordinary student of the mind is many times unaware of the power of
indoctrination. Indoctrination, in totalitarian societies, is seen as desirable
as it provides conforming belief. Many times the presence of indoctrination and
conditioning is scarcely even suspected. This is what makes almost anyone
vulnerable to indoctrination.
Isa one day saw some people
sitting miserably on a wall, by the roadside.
Isa asked: "What is your
They said: "We have become like this through our fear of
Isa went on his way, and saw a number of people disconsolately
arranged by the wayside.
Isa said: "What is your affiiction?"
They said: "Desire for Paradise has made us like this."
went on his way, until he came to a third group of people.
like people who had endured much, but their faces shone with joy.
asked them: "What has made you like this?"
They answered: "The Spirit
of Truth. We have seen Reality, and this has made us oblivious of lesser
Isa stated: "These are the people who attain. These are they who
dwell in the Presence of God."
At the time of el-Ghazali's writing
informed opinion was split between whether any type of indoctrination was
desirable or inescapable. El-Ghazali pointed out that what people call a belief
system is in reality many times an
emotional state of obsession. El-Ghazali, in accordance with Sufi
principles, stated that indoctrination and conditioning is unnecessary and that
it is essential for people to be able
to identify indoctrination and conditioning tactics.
regarded the distinction between opinion and knowledge as something which can
easily be lost. When opinion and knowledge becomes confused El-Ghazali taught
that it is incumbent upon those who know the difference to make such
indoctrination and conditioning as visible as possible.
El-Ghazali arrived at his understanding of
true knowledge through his
upbringing in Sufism, among Sufis, and through direct perception of the truth.
El-Ghazali stressed the role of the inculcation of belief, and invited his
readers to observe the mechanism involved. El-Ghazali insisted upon pointing
out that those who are learned may be, and often are, stupid as well, and can
be bigoted, obsessed. El-Ghazali affirms that, in addition to having
information and being able to reproduce it, there is such a thing as
true knowledge, a higher form
of human understanding.
His works were so highly acclaimed by his
contemporaries that al-Ghazali was awarded the honorific title "Proof of
Islam". Al-Ghazali contributed significantly to the development of a systematic
view of Sufism and to its integration and acceptance in mainstream Islam. As a
scholar of orthodox Islam, he belonged to the Shafi'i school of Islamic
jurisprudence and to the Asharite school of theology. Al-Ghazali wrote more
than 70 books on the sciences, Islamic philosophy and Sufism. Al-Ghazali is
recognized as Mujaddid (Renewer of the Faith).
Al-Ghazali has been
referred to by some historians as the single most influential Muslim after the
Muhammad. Al-Ghazali so successfully criticized early Islamic Neoplatonism
infecting Islam built on an alien foundation of Hellenistic philosophy that
Orthodox Islam became tolerant of Sufism. Most of El-Ghazali
books were burned in an attempt
to destroy the knowledge he imparted on indoctrination and
"In the utterances of
the divine Luminaries the term "heaven" hath been applied to many
diverse things; such as the "heaven of Command," the "heaven of Will," the
"heaven of the divine Purpose," the "heaven of divine Knowledge," the "heaven
of Certitude," the "heaven of Utterance," the "heaven of Revelation," the "heaven of
Concealment," and the like. In every instance, He hath given the term "heaven" a special meaning, the
significance of which is revealed to none save those that have been initiated
into the divine mysteries, and have drunk
from the chalice of immortal life." - Bahá'u'lláh
is defined as:The dwelling place of the gods;
the abode of bliss; the abode of the blessed after
The abode of God, the angels
and the souls of those who have gained
conceived of as the domains of divine beings in any of the various
The condition of supreme happiness or great comfort, delight, or pleasure;
perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as in - a
heaven of delight.
of space surrounding the earth; especially, that which appears to be over the
Earth like a great arch or dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the
sun, moon, and stars appear.
usual Hebrew word for "heavens" is _shamayim_, a plural
form meaning "heights,"
"elevations" (Gen. 1:1; 2:1). The Hebrew word _marom_ is also used (Ps. 68:18;
93:4; 102:19, etc.) as equivalent to _shamayim_, "high places," "heights." Heb.
galgal, literally a "wheel," is rendered "heaven" in Ps. 77:18 (R.V., "whirlwind"). Heb. shahak, rendered "sky" (Deut. 33:26; Job 37:18; Ps. 18:11), plural
"clouds" (Job 35:5; 36:28; Ps. 68:34, marg. "heavens"), means probably the
"To Jews as well as to Judaism
- the two are often not in agreement - the thought that Dr. Jonas Salk, who
saved millions from polio, would go to hell for not believing in Jesus while
some Nazi murderer could be saved, thanks to his belief in Jesus, is
theologically and morally unacceptable." - Dennis Prager
"A person that reads Ruhnama becomes smart .
. . and after reading it, he will go straight to
heaven." - Turkmenistan's autocratic
leader, president Saparmurad A. Niyazov. The Ruhnama is a
book that dispenses moral and spiritual
guidelines for Turkmenistan's citizens written by Saparmurad A.
The word "paradise", used as a synonym for the
Garden of Eden is a Persian
word, which describes a walled orchard garden or an enclosed hunting park.
"The last century, encompassing two world wars,
genocide after genocide, and the accelerating deterioration of the
living planet, has finally rendered utterly transparent the illusion that
control over Nature - and its apotheosis in the Machine - could ever fulfill
its Utopian promise." -
The island of
Utopia is in the middle 200
miles broad, and holds almost at the same breadth over a great part of it; but
it grows narrower toward both ends.
As the cities of
Utopia are composed of
families, so their families are made up of those that are nearly related to one
another. Utopian women, when
they grow up, are married out; but all the males, both children and grandchildren,
live still in the same house, in
great obedience to their
common parent, unless age has weakened his
understanding: and in that case, he that is next to him in age comes in his
On Utopia lest
any city should become either too great, or by any accident be dispeopled,
provision is made that none of their cities may contain above 6,000
families, besides those of the country round it. No
family may have less than ten and more than sixteen persons in it; but there
can be no determined number for the children under
This rule is easily observed, by removing some of the
children of a more fruitful couple to any other
family that does not abound so much in them.
The oldest man of every
family on Utopia, as has been
already said, is its governor.
their husbands, and children their parents, and always the younger serves
Every city on Utopia is divided into four equal
parts, and in the middle of each there is a marketplace: what is brought
thither, and manufactured by the several families, is carried from thence to
houses appointed for that purpose, in which all things
of a sort are laid by themselves; and thither every father goes and takes whatsoever he or his family stand
in need of, without either paying for it or leaving anything in
There is no
reason for giving a denial to any person, since there is such plenty of
everything among them; and there is no danger of a man's asking for more than
he needs; they have no inducements to do this, since they are sure that they
shall always be supplied.
It is the fear
of want that makes any of the whole race of animals either
greedy or ravenous; but besides
fear, there is in man a
pride that makes him fancy it a particular glory to excel others in pomp and
By the laws of the Utopians, there is no room for
On the religions of the
several sorts of religions on Utopia, not only in different
parts of the island, but even in every
village; some worshiping the
sun, others the
moon or one of the
planets: some worship such
men as have been eminent in former times for
virtue or glory, not only as ordinary deities, but as the supreme God: yet the
greater and wiser sort of them worship none of
these, but adore one eternal,
invisible, infinite, and incomprehensible Deity; as a being that is far
above our apperception, that is
spread over the whole universe, not by His bulk, but by His power and
virtue; Him they call the Father of All, and
acknowledge that the beginnings, the
increase, the progress, the vicissitudes, and the end of all things come only
from Him; nor do they offer divine honors to any but to His alone.
indeed, though Utopians differ
concerning other things, yet all agree in this, that they
think there is one Supreme
Being that made and governs the Earth, whom they call in the language of
their country Mithras.
differ in this - that one thinks the
god whom he worships is this
Supreme Being, and another thinks that his idol is that God; but they all agree in one
principle, that whoever is this
Supreme Being, He is also that great
Essence to whose glory and majesty all honors are
ascribed by the consent of all nations." - Thomas More
Utopia was described in his 1515 novel
as an atheistic and communist
republic on a
fictional island. Since then the word has denoted any vision of a perfect society.
When an individual attains an
awakened state of enlightened
consciousness that individual understands that
the essence of heaven rests in the exquisite beauty
of existent reality.
of God, Jesus' Kingdom or the Kingdom of HeavenReligion invariably becomes corrupt over
When Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God he was not talking about
some ether realm existing outside of reality.
Jesus was talking
about a state of mind.
How can a state of mind be heaven?
Is not the definition of heaven that place were we are perfectly happy
and no longer troubled by the exasperation of living ?
The Kingdom of God or the
Heaven is within you.
You just need to seek it out.
in the joy of the eternal moment is living within the Kingdom of God.
To enjoy that eternal moment of
heaven in union with God all we need to do is strip away our desires and
enjoy the life that the Creator and Sustainer has so graciously granted us.
After all God granted us everything we need to survive when the Creator and
Sustainer gave us the planet Earth - the
Garden of Eden. We just need to
remember to be grateful. (Muslims pray 5 times a day so they will remember to
be grateful to Allah.)
Spiritually corrupt individuals are not satisfied
with reality or life in general. That is why they find it necessary to modify
the Earth. They falsely believe that they can do a better job of creating a
perfect reality - better than the reality that God provided us. Their spiritual
corruption manifests showing them to be ungrateful children with huge egos who
have been trapped in the transcendental temptation.
brahmin "Go beyond the stream, Brahma, go with all your soul: leave
When you have crossed the stream of Samsara, you will
reach the land of NIRVANA.
beyond meditation and
contemplation a Brahma
has reached the other shore,
then he attains the Supreme Vision and all his
fetters are broken.
By day the sun shines, and by night shines the
The warrior shines in his armour, and the Brahma priest in his
Buddha shines by day and by
in the brightness of his glory shines the man who is
He who is free from the
bondage of men and also from the bondage of the gods:
who is free from all
things in creation - him I call a Brahma.
He who knows the river of his
past lives and is free from life that ends in death,
who knows the joys of
heaven and the sorrows of hell, for he is a seer whose vision is pure,
in perfection is one with the Supreme Perfection - him I call a Brahma." -
"In this prophecy, people would wear feathers and
beads and communicate with flowers. The flowers would guide them and support
them as they walked their life paths. A time when all the esoteric teachings of
the world's traditions will be revealed, so there will be no secrets, no reason
to fear each other, or to be in conflict. This is certainly what is happening
now. Not everyone has the strength or disposition to be a warrior. Many are
Rainbow Walkers. They are walking across the Rainbow bridge to a new time." --
Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, Medicine Woman, Tineh (Apache) , Mohawk and Scottish
of Eternal Life morphed into the
concept of Life after Death
when you are unconscious and unaware you lose
your fear of death!
truth is simple:
you are either alive and feeling - or
you are unconscious (same as dead)
the idea of heaven is to ease the
fear of a child at the sight of death
the concept of Eternal Life
descended down the Rainbow
becoming warped by those that wanted to control the actions of
mystic religious social engineeners,
then picked up
then by mom and dad
morphed into "if you are not good you
will not go to heaven"
replaced in mechanistic
materialistic global consumer culture with
"if you are not good
Santa will not bring you toys during
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