Monday, April 24, 2006

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell
A man spoke with the Lord about Heaven and Hell. "I will show you Hell," said the Lord. And they went into a room which had a large pot of stew in the middle. The smell was delicious and around the pot sat people who were famished and desperate. All were holding spoons with very long handles which reached to the pot, but because the handles of the spoons were longer than their arms, it was impossible to get the stew into their mouths. Their suffering was terrible.
"Now I will show you Heaven," said the Lord, and they went into an identical room. There was a similar pot of stew and the people had the same identical spoons, but they were well nourished, talking and happy.
At first the man did not understand.
"It is simple," said the Lord. "You see, they have learned to feed each other."
Unknown Author
Reflection: Selfishness, self-centredness, ego-gratification, a lack of care, love and concern for others will lead to suffering of the mind. True happiness, peace and joy can only be experienced when one is able to let go more and more of the self and reach out to others more and more.

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