Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Heaven on earth

If someone was to ask you to describe earth in one word, what would that be?

Some say that the earth is akin to heaven with beautiful natural spots, many man made wonders, luxuries to spoil us, comforts and conveniences, fantastic gourmet food, lovely people, so many sports and games to amuse us, music and fine arts to entertain us etc. Truly, we can enjoy life to its fullest whilst still in this earth. It is difficult to imagine how much more heavenly can it get. One can spend a lifetime of bliss right here (if only we can afford it).

On the other hand, people who have experienced the murkier side of life would say that the earth is a veritable hell with mindless violence aimed at maiming and hurting people, cheating aimed at depriving others of what is rightfully theirs, lying and deceit to fulfil selfish desires, filth and pollution created by modern day urban living, wanton destruction of natural wealth etc. People whom we believe to be decent or honest sometimes surprise us by behaving otherwise. Don’t we see this all around us? We do not need to go anywhere else to suffer for our sins. We create hell in earth with our sins.

So, in this very earth, we can discover our heaven or find our hells. It all depends on what we choose to do. There are some like Mother Teresa who create heaven wherever they go. They spread joy. They take very little but give a lot. They are selfless. They have no desire but to see happiness and smiles filling up everyone’s lives. They touch everyone positively and leave pleasant memories for people to bask in. Such people are rare indeed. The vast majority of people are living in their own small worlds, tied up in their own little desires & problems and eking out a miserable existence.

What stops us from reaching those heights? What prevents us from transforming ourselves from the ordinary to the extra-ordinary? What does it take for us to convert the entire earth into a heaven of peace, harmony and joy? All it takes is to become less self-centered and care more for others around us. Let’s lead lives that are less complicated and demanding. Let us embrace simple living. Let us care for our fellow beings and revel in seeing happiness in others.

Then, my friends we can say that there is heaven in earth.


KParthasarathi said...

Very well said.Let us brighten up things around us a bit by bringing some cheer to others.Earth would then become a paradise to live in.

Anonymous said...

A very nice post..I totally agree that we must embrace simple living,care for others and spread happiness around us then earth would be a better place to live in...
'The mind is its own place,and in itself can make heaven of hell & hell of heaven'


Avin said...

Glad to be one of the early commenter. Thanks for bring up Mother Teresa in your post :)
A worthy message in a well laid out page fixing the pictures at the right place :)

Cyrus Rumi said...

Heaven and Hell truly exist in this earthly kindom of ours...it all depends upon us...what we make of it...

Great post, brother!:)



Sneha said...

Thought provoking post as usual.:)

V Rakesh said...

Brilliant post Sir! Completely agree! I've been away from your blog for a long time now and truly missed it. Hope you are doing good. Wishing you and folks a merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

Anya said...

Very well written :-)

Have a very happy New Year
and a wonderful and happy 2010 :-)