Straight Angle™: Paradise....
Wednesday, May 11, 2005


What comes to your mind, when you think of Paradise???..Is it a large garden with all sorts of fragrant flowers, neatly laid pathways, well maintained fruit orchards of all kinds, a pond with exotic flowers floating by??...It would be amazing to know that, in almost all religions, Paradise had been described the same way...Thinking at a very lateral angle, Paradise is supposed to be an unattainable place for the Humans, while alive. If the Paradise is such a place as to be unattainable during a man's life, how come it is described as an exact replica across all religions, Old & New, Western & Orient?...And why should it be only a garden, which if need be, easily created in land, within the man's life and the pleasures enjoyed??...
The word "Paradise" comes from the ancient Persian word, Pairi (Meaning Around) and Daeza (meaning a Wall)...The word was brought to West by Xenophon (the same guy, after whom the fear of Foreigners- Xenophobia is named). He introduced it into Greek, while describing the gardens of Emperor Cyrus of Sardis.. The Greek "Paradeisoi" then came to Latin as "Paradisum", and into English as "Paradis"..So, the meaning of teh word Paradise is "Enclosed Garden"..How come an enclosed garden became a symbol of Bliss????and that too unattainable in Men's Life??


Blogger satosphere said...

Paradise - is not actually a garden for me.
It conjures up images of a beautiful beach, with surreally turquoise blue calm unruffled waters!!!

Or a misty forest with tall trees and crystalline dew drops!

Or a warm spring meadow with a sparkling lake and snow capped mountains in the background.
Never a garden.

5/11/2005 11:38 AM  
Blogger Nithya said...

paradise.....u get to see it..or feel it...only when u have attained moksha...which is the 'unattainable'...heaven is paradise for most believers....and is imagined to be a beautiful garden....and to go there u need to have done good deeds on earth....i personally dont believe in this concept of paradise...i feel it is purely a state of mind.....the ultimate pleasure a person feels....that is paradise to me....and most of the time that is also unattainable...

5/12/2005 2:34 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

@Sat: Well that is an amazingly striking stuff U got there...I too conjure up some images like those...but as the religious description of the Paradise goes, I think Garden has been a recurring image..BTW, I too would love the paradise to be the pristine sands of Andaman...may be the turquoise blue waters and the sky would giveme the peace of mind I so long for...
@Nithya:I agree it is a state of Mind too...I wouls surely feel it, when I sleep in my mother's lap...

5/12/2005 2:47 AM  

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