Creating success always carries with it an element of risk, of uncertainty. It is the realization of something greater than what we had before, engaging a greater universal space, whether inside, outside or both. This is true independent of context, whether we are focused on more Being, acceptance, prosperity, or vitality as possible goals of our success.
So it behooves us to understand and take into account ALL of the world as we live through it. Seems obvious…
But what does “the world” mean? If we take the ancient wisdom of the yogis and rishis at face value, they understood the profound implications of Oneness, that everything sensed on the outside has a direct correlation within. These sages further understood that such a unified perception is not always obvious, and that certain techniques enhance and purify our ability to know about the entire world within, and external to us.
It is critical to understand that this complete Reality, this Oneness, does not become fully integrated without the long-term dedication and time put into the process – always measured in decades. This process also establishes a very resilient foundation of Being that allows for coherent investigation and integration of whatever is discovered, with little reaction or distortion over time.
With the incorporation of a larger world than most even know exist, we begin to dance on the edge of immortality, and to quote Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, “Doubt is the enemy of immortality”. So we need to rigorously purify ourselves, mentally, emotionally, bodily and spiritually in order to eliminate any element of imprecision or confusion that may arise, as we investigate and integrate these three worlds.
So onto some nuts and bolts: The three worlds are Heaven, ours, and Hell. Each world can be described in terms of energy, though each can be seen too. Heaven is the pure representation of Light and Creation, and Hell is the pure abode of wrong action. Both need to exist to give us our world with its many perspectives of dark and light, and the ability to evolve rapidly.
Of course the attention of a householder spends most of its time in our world, though it is helpful to know that these other worlds co-exist with ours, in order to understand how to facilitate both of them for our spiritual and worldly progress.
The need for a relationship with Heaven seems almost self-explanatory, and the relationship with this world is unavoidable. So this leaves the interesting question, how does Hell become at all useful?
To one living Brahman, Hell is a profound source of humility, a constant reminder of our basest human choices and actions, the darkest places humanity can inhabit, and the greatest injustices and pain we can inflict upon one another. That is what the knowledge of Hell gives us, this is what the sight and sense of Hell brings us. Hell brings humility to Brahman, ever reminding us of the distance to go.
Having said that about Hell, it is more a vital place on the map vs. a frequent destination. Thankfully when living Totality, Heaven is equally accessible and a far more practical place to build relationships that are useful in this world. I have written on this blog about relationships with Divinity and other practical benefits that living Brahman brings to life, so I won’t repeat them here.
However there is also an interesting relationship between the three worlds, Heaven, ours, and Hell, and the three gunas, the motive forces for all of Creation, sattva (purity), rajas (activity), and tamas (inertia). As explained in His commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Chapters 1-6, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi notes how the gunas have two combinations that are never found in nature. These are the combinations of sattva primary, with tamas secondary, and tamas primary, with sattva secondary.
Like oil and water, sattva and tamas can never compliment or merge with each other, unless through the intermediary of rajas, or activity, even the activity of the mind. By the same token, Heaven is never found in Hell or vice versa, though both elements are indeed found here in this world, and both can be appreciated when living Brahman. In turn, this awareness enhances our daily success, our steadfast goal of bringing Heaven on Earth.