I enter the silence like entering into an empty room; I know not where it is only that it surrounds me and even though I have a perception that I am within there is no apparent boundary or membrane which contains the state of being which I am experiencing. It is expansive in all directions beyond the concepts of space and distance. It is stillness and can also be dynamic if I choose. Silence precedes the word and ‘sound’. Aum.
In this state of stillness I can be with the ‘self’ and be with ‘all that is’, I can be with ‘you’, with ‘I’, with ‘all’. In this state of stillness there is no ‘place’, no ‘time’, no past nor future there is only a state of ‘eternal now’. This state is called ‘heaven’. It is a lower heaven, where substance and energy co-exist; above this heaven there is a middle heaven where the angels and beings of light exist; below this state of ours, in the lower realms, the animals, the hungry ghosts and hells struggle to get our attention and lead us down into their shared and perceived darkness. Heaven and hell is within. What we live within we project without.
Seek the light and the fear and doubt and darkness which lives in you will be illuminated with faith and trust and love; and the ignorance of Hell will be removed and replaced with the wisdom of heaven and peaceful bliss.
This state of being is not free nor is it cheap. It requires commitment to ‘self’, to desire for freedom from the chains and bondage of the physical form. It requires relinquishing the attachments and cravings of the flesh. It requires a desire which is free of craving yet it is a strongest yearning for that which is pure and eternal and nourishing. On earth in our physical form the closest appearances which approximate heaven are :the smile, the laughter, the sunrise and sunset, the flock of birds flying in unison, the release which accompanies the birth of a living being; the release which accompanies the passing of a loved one; a complete surrender of attachment; a symphony and choirs of angelic beings filling our souls with sounds of Aum in all its colours and glory.