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Man has not been born on the earth to eat and drink and sleep,
as all the lower creatures do,
but he has been born on earth to learn how to use this fertile earth to its best advantage,
how to appreciate the treasures this earth holds, and how to use them rightly.
And it is thus that man becomes connected with the earth.
The soul comes from heaven and its connection with the earth
has in it a secret which leads towards the purpose of life.
(The Inner Life, Vol. I, The Purpose of Life, p. 218)
It does not mean that it disappears from heaven,
but it means that not only heaven remains as a kingdom,
but even earth becomes a kingdom of heaven.
The purpose behind the whole of this creation is
that heaven may be realized on earth;
for if one does not realize it on earth, one cannot realize it in heaven.
(The Unity of Religious Ideals, Vol. IX, Part IV, Jesus, p. 192)