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Does Heaven Exist?

6 religious experts give their opinion on the afterlife

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Woman stands at a window covered in rain, a coffee mug in her hand. — Vetta/Getty Images

Taj Inayat, spiritual guide and Vice President of the Sufi Order International

The poet Omar Khayyam writes, "Heaven is a vision of fulfilled desire, hell the shadow of a soul on fire."

There is a saying, "Die before death," which means that we do not have to wait until the breath is gone to experience heaven. It can be realized on earth when we discover a mode of being that is expressive of love, harmony and beauty.

The incessant demands of life, the overload of information and the bombardment of our senses call us continually outward to the surface of existence, toward the visible and away from the interiority of life. It is in this "within" space that heaven can be found.

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