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Paradise

Paradise takes its symbolism from the more generic Fields and meadows symbolism.

Whereas fields and meadows may be seen in spiritual experience when you are alive, Paradise is specifically seen after you have died.  Some New Age thinkers call it ‘The Park’ although it has none of the organised tended features of a municipal park.

It is not, and I repeat not, a place only for the religious – in fact given the turmoil and torment  that many religious people create for themselves [and others] they are more likely to have to spend a great deal of time in the Fire level and in a field!

From Wikipedia

The word "paradise" entered English from the French paradis, inherited from the Latin paradisus, from Greek parádeisos (παράδεισος), and ultimately from an Old Iranian root, attested in Avestan as pairi.daêza-.

The literal meaning of this Eastern Old Iranian language word is "walled (enclosure)", from pairi- "around" + -diz "to create, make". By the 6th/5th century BCE, the Old Iranian word had been adopted as Akkadian pardesu and Elamite partetas "domain". It subsequently came to indicate walled estates, especially the carefully tended royal parks and menageries…..Hebrew pardes appears thrice in the Tanakh; in the Song of Solomon 4:13, Ecclesiastes 2:5 and Nehemiah 2:8. In those contexts it could be interpreted as a park, a garden or an orchard.

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