Paradise is in our mind


Value- Truth

Sub Value- Awareness

Once a samurai came to Dzen Master Hakuin and asked:

Where is  paradise? Where is  hell? And where are the gates of heaven and hell?

Samurai knew only two things: life and death. He did not have any philosophy, he just wanted to know where the gate to escape hell and go to heaven. And Hakuin answered so that the warrior could understand.

Who are you? – Hakuin asked.

I’m the leader of samurai – the warrior replied – and the Emperor pays a tribute to me.

Hakuin laughed and said:

Are you really the leader of samurais? You look like some poor raga-muffin!

Samurai’s pride was hurt . He forgot why he had come for, whipped out his sword and was going to kill Hakuin . And Hakuin laughed again and said:

This is the gate of hell. With a sword, being in anger, with your ego you will open it.

Samurai realized that idea, calmed dawn and sheathed his sword. And Hakuin continued:

And here you open the gate of heaven.


Heaven and hell are within us. This is the truth. And the gates are also in us. If we are not conscious, this is the gate of hell. If we are vigilant and conscious, this is the gate of heaven. But people continue to think that heaven and hell are somewhere outside. Heaven and hell are not after life, they are here and now. And the gates are always open. At any moment we make your choice between heaven and hell. This will come through constant awareness.



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