“Bringing Heaven on Earth”, was a phrase most recently popularized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation.
What does it even mean? Heaven is usually portrayed as the abode of the Divine, with angels floating about on soft puffy white clouds, through endless sunshine – someone’s sattvic dream of God Consciousness.
Maharishi however was introducing a quality unique to Brahman, the global and Cosmic realization of the Divine Radiant Being shining within each of us, realizing Heaven on Earth for the individual first. Just as we begin our spiritual life within as a candle that does not flicker in a windless place, our light grows and grows, illuminating first all of our Being, which then takes action here on earth. The science is proven that by alternating effortless meditation with vigorous, fully engaged daily activity, life improves, life gains a foundation of Being.
In the same way, by the profound relationships established in Brahman (both worldly and Divine), the foundation of Being is elevated to Heaven on Earth. Both Being and Brahman begin locally with the vehicle of expression, the individual. What Heaven on Earth means is a perfection of desires locally, then more and more widely. Responsibility and reward both begin at Home.
For those of you who have read the popular spiritual tome, “Autobiography of a Yogi”, by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda, there is the story told of a simple man who gained some measure of enlightenment and through the fulfillment of one of his desires was granted a palace, the instant ownership of which fulfilled him.
If this tale can be translated into the daily householder life of Brahman, it is analogous. Any desires, one time or ongoing, for love, acceptance, connection, wealth, knowledge, relationships, truth, health, freedom, and so on are perfectly fulfilled, no longer a drag on life. An overflow of abundance in every domain of life. The cup lost in the global ocean. Simply the reverse of what we are used to, or have settled for.
Just as life in general needs the fullness of Being in order to reliably improve, so does Heaven on Earth need to be lived personally first to also realize the global process of bringing Heaven on Earth.
As Brahman is often seen in terms of paradox, even in the face of the entire Being saturated with ongoing fulfillment, there is no attachment or grasping or worry or greed associated with any of it – simply a deep surrender and desire for everyone to enjoy such abundance.
That desire remains until fruition, that desire for Heaven on Earth IS Brahman – Divinity’s hidden agenda, Mother Divine’s desire for her children to enjoy. 🙂
When Maharishi often spoke of Heaven on Earth, it was in terms of His profound global consciousness. So He proposed some very grand schemes to begin to shake up boundaries and institutions. Once He communicated this to His organization, I believe it created a false impression of Heaven on Earth descending in some overarching unnatural fashion, perhaps with some celestial events or something.
In any case the transformation continues in the same way as our individual spiritual transformation does – gradually, powerfully, harmoniously, and for the most part invisibly. Kindly enjoy the ride!