Heaven / Hell

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Definitions: paradise/parrdiss/• noun 1 (in some religions) heaven as the place where the good live after death. 2 the Garden of Eden. 3 an ideal or idyllic place or state. ORIGIN Old French paradis, from Greek paradeisos ‘royal park’.

heaven noun 1 a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God or the gods and of the good after death, often depicted as being above the sky. Heaven a: the dwelling place of the Deity and the blessed dead b: a spiritual state of everlasting communion with God.

Heaven defined: The dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death.

Hell: Related words: purgatory; hades, netherworld,
The place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of
evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish.

1 a (1): a nether world in which the dead continue to exist : hades
(2): the nether realm of the devil and the demons in which the damned suffer everlasting punishment
2 a: a place or state of misery, torment, or wickedness


These three, besides, being destructive to one’s own self, are the gates of
hell, viz., lust, anger, and covetousness. Therefore, every one should
renounce them. (Mahabharata-Udyoga Parva, sections XXXIII to XLI- Vidur niti; Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli)

In paradise there is [no such thing as] fear;
Thou art not there, nor shrinks one from old age.
Hunger and thirst, these two transcending,
Sorrow, surpassing, a man makes merry in paradise.- Katha Upanishad


[1] Janna (Paradise, Heaven) is called by eight names in the Qur’an:
Jannatu al-Khuld, Darul as-Salam, Darul al-Qarar, Jannatu al-`Adn, Jannatu al-Ma`wa, Jannatu an-Na`im, `Illiyin, and Jannatu al-Firdaus. Janna is the Arabic word for ”garden.” 1 They have been translated into English as: paradise, a garden on high, a home that will last, garden of eternity, garden of everlasting bliss, gardens of delight, home of peace, home of the righteous, etc. 

[2] 18:107: As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their entertainment, the Gardens of Paradise.

[3] 47:15: Here is) a Parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water incorruptible; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear. In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Grace from their Lord. Source: Religious Tolerance

[4] The most miserable man in the world of those meant for Paradise will be dipped once in Paradise.  Then he will be asked, “Son of Adam, did you ever face any misery?  Did you ever experience any hardship?”  So he will say, “No, by God, O Lord!  I never faced any misery, and I never experienced any hardship. Source: Islam Guide

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