There is something within our insignificant bodies that is of ultimate significance, and it drives us to find the ultimate, to which it belongs. We call the ultimate by many names: Paradise, Utopia, Heaven, Nirvana, Tao, Loka. We think that we can get there by our own efforts, by the beneficence of a divine being, or simply by living and dying. Most of us feel in a very apt sense that we are alienated from Paradise, that it is another world separate from this one, a lost locale where perfection reigns. But we are wrong. It isn’t Paradise that’s lost. It’s us.
We exist in the ultimate when we live in peace and serenity, when we live in a way that is loving to all, when we take joy in the experience of living that we are so fortunate to have. Paradise is not on an alien world. It ain’t hiding in another dimension. It can be found within us, and it’s something we choose to unite ourselves with. Once we find it there inside of us, Paradise is found, and so are we.