Heaven or Hell

A Shinto Temple somewhere in Japan

japan-549104_640A troubled samurai warrior stumbled out of the forest one day and walked up the steps of the temple to fall to his knees before the wise sage. ‘I humbly seek your help. I have warred and stepped a bloody path in the service of my masters and now see no difference between heaven and hell.’

The mage looked him up and down rather rudely. ‘Who are you to come to this holy place looking like you’ve been sleeping with dogs?’

‘I am the Captain of the Red Guard. How dare you talk to me so disrespectfully.’ And he came to his feet, drawing his sword above his head to cleave this impudent holy man who caught his eye just in time.

‘That is hell.’

The sword dropped to clatter on the steps as the supplicant fell to his knees again and placed his forehead on the ground. ‘Master, how could I have doubted your intention? Forgive me.’

‘And that is heaven.’

About garth

I'm an indie author ardently writing fiction and you’ll notice a leaning towards Egypt. The book in the cooker right now is called The River Through. Hatsepsut features strong as an ancient enigma bringing her people back to pure after a sullying occupation by the Hyksos. I like these desert ancestors who dragged great chunks of stone for miles to build runways for god. Religion was a major preoccupation always. Magic was mixed in, sometimes called miracles. Christian and Hebrew testaments carried it over. Egyptians weren’t bothered with a history list based on sequential record keeping so there are numerous and bewildering gaps. A definite plus for the fiction writer. (Colouring in the spaces.) Bio: I am very tall and many people call me a freak (and laugh) so a slight chip on the shoulder but thick skinned - not impervious. Lots of short people out there who aren’t pleased to be little too. Given the choice, I’d keep length. Upbringing I am thankful because, during my life I have found many people who weren't so blessed so thanks mum and dad for pulling me out of the lucky dip. Two sisters and a brother, all of them cleverer than me or so they think. A wife who loves me - thanks Gill xxxx Two daughters, a yoga teacher and a nurse who don't quite hate me but we are moving in that direction as I tread heavier with advice. Lovely grandchildren who will develop into super beings if they maintain the current progress. A cat called Squeezely who has finally learned to evacuate his bowels outside. Buster the darling dog with a sensitive way and an over-exuberance for affection but we all let him take us down for licking. He's big. Occupation: Education first: Good military school that chased out the bad in me I can tell you. No-one put a polish on a boot better but it was enjoyable in retrospect. Not at the time though. Art college next and enlightenment - the world was a better place afterwards. Self employed antique furniture and restoration - very enjoyable and fulfilling but not overflowing financially. We did okay and we prospered.
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37 Responses to Heaven or Hell

  1. Heaven is humility and forgiveness. Love it!

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  2. garth says:

    I’m exactly the same but Ana got away with it and I think it’s because her blog was about the trials of self publishing in diary form which brought a lot of like minded people in to watch her progress. Her blog is about 3 years old though so those big number followers have been a gradual process.

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  3. Vibrant says:

    Hello Garth,

    This is an interesting story and I read it a long time ago in a book by mystic Osho.

    Since then I have been reading it–so simple but profound.

    I have a suggestion for you: Your tags like blogging101alumni or blogging101 are not appropriate in my humble opinion.

    I wish you a lovely weekend.

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

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    • garth says:

      Aren’t they? I am sorry to hear that and I shall not use them again. I do it to get on the reader – how can I do that? I hate the idea of wrong etiquette and wouldn’t dream of straying from correct. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        The tags like Blogging101, Writing101, Blogging201 help you get to the reader for all those pursuing the course only until there is course–up and running. Now all those three are the things of past I guess.

        All those people who follow your blog can see your posts in Reader if they have added your blog in their Reader list. Unfortunately in the current system we are supposed to add self-hosted blogs in separate lists as they don’t appear in the Reader usually!

        I hope it helps. Let me know 🙂

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      • garth says:

        How do you get your in Anand?

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    • garth says:

      The story was told to me round a fire one night at a social gathering. I hope it doesn’t seem as though I am plagiarizing Osho 🙂 I visited his ashram in Pune 6 weeks before he died. Have you been there?

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      • Vibrant says:

        Yes Garth, I lived in Pune for about 2 months in 2009 and visited his ashram twice. It was a wonderful experience. So you have been to India in 1990s? Interesting! I am sure Osho won’t mind though that story is a Zen story originally I read in his book of letters to his mother. 🙂

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      • garth says:

        January 1990 I was there and met someone like you who helped me out with a train journey to visit Ganeshpuri where I met Guru Mayi – do you know of her?

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      • Vibrant says:

        Oh interesting. No, I just googled out. I know a bit about Muktananda though. Did you take initiation from her?

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      • garth says:

        I stayed in the ashram for about one week and had a glorious memorable time with good people. She was away in USA until my final day when I listened to her before leaving. She brought out the question of ‘where does inspiration come from.’ A powerful feeling of shakti vibrated the voices singing mantras with me in the choir 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        Oh ok. What took you to India? I would like to see your horoscope if you don’t mind. I feel your 12th house must be loaded as that is for meditation/mystery. Did you go for site-seeing or was it only a spiritual quest? Do you meditate?

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      • garth says:

        Sag in twelfth house no planets. Neptune in ninth. Sun in Gemini. Moon in Cancer. I met two people where I live who were sanyasins but there is an ashram of Gurumayi’s in England that I visited after joining a group close to where I live. A long spiritual quest with profound consequences on my life 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        Oh, you can share your birth details via mail if you trust me. I have researched in Vedic Astrology. Some bloggers have also shared. Maybe what you are telling is as per Sidereal system. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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      • garth says:

        Yes my details are sidereal. Midnight
        24 May 1944 – long time ago in a war just before allied forces landed in Normandie in France to push back the Nazis 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        Ok. I am making note, though I also need birth place( a district) Exactly midnight? My late grandfather was of your age Garth 🙂 🙂

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      • garth says:

        I left you an email poem – did you get it? Here is time 00.02 – lat 52.95 – long 1.16 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        Oh. Do you have a district name? Thanks for providing the details. Yes I received the poem. 🙂 🙂

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      • garth says:

        Greetings from the virtual realms. District (city) = Nottingham, UK 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        So, 24 May 1944, 12:02 AM, Nottingham, UK right? Thanks 🙂

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      • garth says:

        I will be very interested in your interpretation – I am leaning towards selling our house after living here for 30 years. Then moving to we know not where

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      • Vibrant says:

        Oh alright. I will see your chart and let you know via mail. I hope you get a good place. 🙂 🙂

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      • garth says:

        We might stay homeless for a taste of insecurity to drive those creative juices. Maybe tour the world. A boat would be good but my darling one doesn’t agree 🙂

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  5. Vibrant says:

    But your kids will need a home right? You two might travel like Debbie but you need a place to stay and rest too 🙂 I am starting to delve into your horoscope and hope your flu is gone. 🙂

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    • garth says:

      I am ill but still alive! My kids are in their mid forties now and the grandchildren are twenty and fifteen so we are free for the final adventure 🙂 Your horoscope interpretation will see Sagittarius on the ascendant? We can’t decide because it’s a big change and old people generally like to stay put. You may have some illuminating thoughts for me Anand?

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      • Vibrant says:

        I feel you should follow your heart so you have no regrets. I had a brief look at your chart yesterday and it seems your ascendant is Scorpio. You might have been born in a well-to-do family. You might have been argumentative and lucky. 🙂 I hope you get better soon 🙂

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      • garth says:

        Your system shows a different alignment to mine. Did you account for British summer time? They put the clocks forward in UK (in 1944) in April and then back again in September.) A little detail that might make a difference 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        I think you might be talking about Tropical system and I might be talking about a Vedic Horoscope. So for example–right now Moon is in the sign Cancer as per the Tropical system and in the Leo as per the Sidereal. 🙂

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      • garth says:

        Looking forwards to your reading very much 🙂

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      • Vibrant says:

        Did you agree with the first few observations? I would tell rest in a mail.

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