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HEAVEN & HELL

Our topic for todayís presentation is Heaven & Hell. As I said earlier I am addressing these metaphysical topics in order to help us to put metaphysical speculations at rest and concentrate on our lives. I agree with Confucius that we should concern ourselves more with the earth instead of worrying about heaven and the Gods. However heaven and hell are visible parts of many religions including Buddhism, Islam, Christianity and Hinduism.

Islam
 In Islam all righteous people who believe and do good works go to heaven while those who do not believe go to hell. However the individual has no choice in the matter, meaning that no one knows who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The decision is in the hands of Allah.

Christianity
Let us recall the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus in the New Testament. If you read this parable literally you might easily conclude that poor people go to heaven and rich people go to hell but this is not the case. To go to heaven in Christianity you need to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. In other words you need to accept Jesus as your personal savior.

Hinduism
In Hinduism heaven is not a desirable place so we could infer that most people go to heaven or to hell and is no big deal because heaven and hell are both subject to Samsara, the cycle of birth and rebirth. What is important in the Hindu mind is to break the cycle of Samsara not heaven or hell. This cycle can only be broken through self-realization or Moksha.

Buddhism
In Buddhism like Hinduism heaven is also not a desirable place because all the heavenly planes are subject to Samasara. The desirable goal in Buddhism is enlightenment, also attained through self realization. However the story of Amitabha introduces another aspect of Buddhism that is worthy of note. According to Buddhist teachings Amitābha was once a great king who renounced his throne and became a monk named Dharmakāra. After witnessing the suffering of sentient beings or after realizing that humans needed help in other to attain salvation he took a vow to create a pure land when he becomes a Buddha for people to attain enlightenment with ease. According to his vow anyone who calls upon his name especially at the moment of death would be reborn in the Pure Land. Dharmakāra eventually became a Buddha and fulfilled his vows. Thus the God Amitabha grants salvation to anyone who calls upon his name at the moment of death.

What I learned from this story is the freedom that is available to all of us here and more especially in the next life. Heaven is an enticing component of most if not all the religions as I said earlier but with this story who in his right mind, would want to be admitted into another personís heaven?

True we are not Buddhas, Saviors or Gods but what stops us from creating our own heavens for the benefit of our families and friends? Why should you spend a lifetime preparing to be admitted into a heaven that you donít even know if it exists or not. Why wait to be admitted into a heaven that you donít even know if you are qualified or not? Why hope to be admitted into someoneís heaven when you could also create your own heaven? You owe it to yourself to begin to build your castles in heaven before your time is up on earth. Create your own heaven before it is too late!

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