Heaven, the Heavens or Seven Heavens, is a common religious, cosmological, mythological, or metaphysical term for the physical or transcendent place from which heavenly beings (such as a God, angels, the jinn, and sky deities like King or Queen of Heaven, Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother, Son of Heaven, heavenly saints or venerated ancestors) originate, are enthroned or inhabit. It is commonly believed that heavenly beings can descend to earth or incarnate and that earthly beings can ascend to Heaven in the afterlife or, in exceptional cases, enter Heaven alive.

Heaven is often described as a "higher place", the holiest place, a Paradise, in contrast to Hell or the Underworld or the "low places", and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith, or other virtues or right beliefs or simply the Will of God. Some believe in the possibility of a Heaven on Earth in a World to Come.

Another belief is in an Axis mundi or World tree which connects the heavens, the world, and the underworld. In Indian religions, Heaven is considered as Svarga loka, and soul is again subjected to rebirth in different living forms according to its karma. This cycle can be broken after a soul achieves Moksha or Nirvana.

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Famous quotes containing the word heaven:

    The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life.
    Richard Steele (1672–1729)

    When heaven doth weep, doth not the earth o’erflow?
    If the winds rage, doth not the sea wax mad,
    Threatening the welkin with his big-swollen face?
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    O thou that in the heavens does dwell!
    Wha, as it pleases best thysel’,
    Sends ane to heaven and ten to hell,
    A’ for thy glory!
    And no for ony gude or ill
    They’ve done before thee.—
    Robert Burns (1759–1796)