quotes on Heaven and Hell
quotes on Heaven and Hell
- Heaven and hell are not geographical. If you go in
search of them you will never find them anywhere. They are within you,
they are psychological. The mind is heaven, the mind is hell, and the mind
has the capacity to become either. But people go on thinking everything is
somewhere outside. We always go on looking for everything outside because
to be inwards is very difficult. We are outgoing. If somebody says there
is a god, we look at the sky. Somewhere, sitting there, will be the divine
- In reality, everything is within; the outer is just a
projection. Fear is within you; it is projected as a hell. Hell is just a
projected image on the screen — of the fear that is within you, of the
anger, of the jealousy, of all that is poisonous in you, of all that is
evil in you. Heaven is, again, a projected image on the screen — of all
that is good and beautiful, of all that is blissful within you.
- Hell and heaven are within you, both gates are within
you. When you are behaving unconsciously there is the gate of hell; when
you become alert and conscious, there is the gate of heaven.
- Heaven and hell are not geographical; they are not
something outside you, they are something that belongs to your
interiority. If you are awake, then you are in a totally different
universe; it is as if in your awakening the whole existence becomes
awakened. It takes a new color, a new flavor, a new fragrance. When you
are asleep, the whole existence sleeps with you. It all depends on you.
- The people who stop desiring worldly things start
desiring heaven and heavenly pleasures. But what are they? — magnified
forms of the same old desires, in fact more dangerous than the worldly
desires, because with the worldly desires one thing is absolutely certain:
you are bound to get frustrated sooner or later. You will get out of them;
you Cannot remain in them forever. The very nature of them is such that
they promise you, but they never fulfill their promises — the goods are
never delivered. How long can you remain deceived by them? Even the most
stupid person has glimpses, once in a while, that he is chasing illusions
which cannot be fulfilled by the very nature of existence. The intelligent
one comes to the realization sooner.
- Heaven and hell are not geographical, they are
psychological, they are your psychology.
- Heaven and hell are not very distant, they are
neighbors; only a small fence divides them. You can jump that fence, even
without a gate. You go on jumping from this to that. In the morning you
may be in heaven; by evening you are in hell. This moment heaven, that
moment hell. It is just an attitude, just a state of your mind, just how
you are feeling. Many times, in a single life, you may visit hell, and
many times you may visit heaven. In a single day also…
- There is no greater enjoyment than that of sharing
something. Have you given something to somebody? That`s why people enjoy
giving gifts so much. It is a sheer delight. When you give something to
somebody — maybe valueless, may not be of much value — but just the way,
just the gesture that you give, satisfies tremendously. Just think of a
person whose whole life is a gift! whose every moment is a sharing — he
lives in heaven. There is no other heaven than that.
- Hell and heaven are within you. The doors are very
close: with the right hand you can open one, with the left hand you can
open another. With just a change of your mind, your being is transformed
— from heaven to hell and from hell to heaven. This goes on continuously.
What is the secret? The secret is whenever you are unconscious, whenever
you act unconsciously, without awareness, you are in hell; whenever you
are conscious, whenever you act with full awareness, you are in heaven. If
this awareness becomes so integrated, so consolidated, that you never lose
it, there is no hell for you; if unconsciousness becomes so consolidated,
so integrated, that you never lose it, there is no heaven.Fortunately
unconsciousness can never become so consolidated; a part always remains
- Ordinarily, even when people become religious, they go
on thinking in terms of having — possessing heaven or possessing the
pleasures of heaven — but still they go on thinking in terms of having.
Their heaven is nothing but their projected desire of having everything.
All that they have missed here they would like to have in the after-life.
But it is the same desire.