Is There a Heaven, or Just Heaven on Earth?

Is there life after death? Of course. As Paramahansa Yogananda explained during a 1938 talk in Encinitas, California:

You are beholding only the middle of life; you do not see the beginning or the end. It isn’t even reasonable to assume that death is the end—that we who are so intelligent and full of life cease to exist as soon as we fall asleep in death. The whole human being is a cluster of the creative thoughts and consciousness of God, which physical death cannot destroy. If death were the end, then there is no God, and there are no realized masters—it is all a pack of lies. The great ones wouldn’t urge you to become better, for what would be the use if, good or bad, we are all junked at the end of life? What would be the value of the scriptures? Why should good men try to be even better? There would be no justice whatsoever if this present existence is all there is to each individual life. What of those souls who lived only a few years, or lived in blind or crippled bodies?

Even if you are virtually certain that the only thing waiting for you at the end of your life is, well, the end of your life, it is tremendously worthwhile to pursue enlightenment through whatever spiritual path feels like home to you. After all, wouldn’t you prefer to live a life of peace, love, and joy rather than a random, pinball-like existence devoid of ultimate purpose and meaning? When you choose to fill your days with kindness, compassion, and a positive, loving attitude, there is no downside, and the upside is experiencing heaven on earth.

While there is a chance of the world getting through its troubles, I hold that a reasonable man has to behave as though he were sure of it. If at the end your cheerfulness is not justified, at any rate you will have been cheerful.
H. G. Wells

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4 Responses to “Is There a Heaven, or Just Heaven on Earth?”

  1. kelli Says:

    loved this. thank you!

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re very welcome, Kelli!

  3. Floss A (@manameis) Says:

    If death is the end..then this whole life is a dream that has gone on for too long and a web of intricate lies and pretty much not worth living.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Sure, if death was the end, Floss. Thankfully, it’s not. My book, God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled Word, explains the ancient spiritual wisdom that provides a comprehensive framework for living a rich, fulfilling spiritual life.

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