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Q: Christians always talk about going to heaven or hell, what does Sikhism say about it?

A: Many Christian denominations believe that God lives in heaven and they always talk about going to heaven. According to Sikhism, salvation is not reached just by entering heaven. Salvation is reached by merging in the Holy Spirit, meaning becoming One with God. Salvation is not reached by just talking and doing good deeds, it is reached by meditating on God, and living the life by renouncing lust, greed, anger, emotional attachment and egotistical pride. "As long as the mind is filled with the desire for heaven, one cannot meet God" (Guru Granth Sahib Ji, 325). The desire should be to meet God, not to go to heaven. Heaven and Hell are not created to live but to reward and punish. Your good deeds will be paid off in heaven, your bad deeds in hell; you will then take birth again until you break the cycle of birth and death and become One with God.

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