When We Have Peace Within Heaven is Everywhere
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, Hsihu, Formosa, June 6, 1995 (Originally in English) Videotape #478
What is the Kingdom of God? It's not a palace shining with gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and all kinds of precious stones. It's purity, loving kindness, compassion, peace of mind. That's the Kingdom of God. If we carry this Kingdom of God within us, then wherever we go we always feel that we're in Heaven. So there's no need to yearn for the life beyond and to shun the opportunities to serve our brothers and sisters here on earth while we're still living. If we've already attained Heaven within, whether we live or die, it's ours and no one can take it away. But if we don't attain it, then even if we go to Heaven the outer environment of Heaven may not even penetrate inside our darkened souls, and we'll still carry with us hatred, jealousy and bad, negative thinking within our hearts. Then Heaven is just another place in the universe for us, the same as everywhere else, because we haven't changed ourselves.
So if we change, the situation changes. If we have Heaven within us, peace within us, then everywhere is Heaven, everywhere is peace. That's the purpose of being good, of trying to do good, of trying to be good because that's the only choice.