Sri Chinmoy Answers

June 18, 2017 | By More

Question: Are Heaven and hell real places, or are they just states of consciousness?

Sri Chinmoy: When we live in the gross physical consciousness, in the body consciousness, hell is really a place. But on the highest spiritual level, we have to know that hell, as well as Heaven, is a plane of consciousness. Both Heaven and hell begin in the mind.

At every moment we are creating Heaven or hell within us. The moment we think something good, the moment we pray and meditate and try to offer the inner light that we have gained from our meditation and prayers, we begin to live in Heaven. When we cherish a divine thought, an expanding thought, a fulfilling thought, we create Heaven in us. But the moment we think evil of someone, criticise someone and cherish wrong thoughts about someone, then we enter into hell. Heaven we create; hell we create. With our divine thoughts we create Heaven. With our wrong, negative, undivine thoughts we create our own inner hell. So Heaven and hell are both states of consciousness.

Science has contributed much to the feeling that the Kingdom of Heaven is a place outside of ourselves. But the Kingdom of Heaven is within us; it is a matter of one’s own inner achievement. The Kingdom of Heaven is a plane full of peace and delight; it is a plane of divine consciousness. We feel it when we reside deep inside our hearts and when we transcend our egocentric individual consciousness.

Heaven and God are not high above us, somewhere far away; they are within us, inside our hearts. The very conception of Heaven is of something bright, luminous, delightful and, at the same time, immortal; but we do not have to go to a particular state, country or kingdom called Heaven. No, Heaven, which is the infinite Life inside of us, is a state or plane of consciousness, which an aspiring seeker is bound to attain on the strength of his unconditional self-giving. You are not the body. You are not the senses. You are not the mind. These are all limited. You are the soul, which is unlimited.

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