One day Swami asked Shiva:
"Lord, tell me what heaven and hell look like?"
- You wanna know? Come with me. I will show you, Shiva replied and led him to where Swami stood in front of the two doors.
He opened the first. In the center of the room was a round table with a large dish of food on it. The food smelled so aromatic that Swami felt an indescribable hunger.
People were sitting around the table. Skinny, sad and gray. Each of them was holding a spoon that had a very long handle fitted to their hand. Anyone could reach the dish with a spoon, but could not get enough of food, because the handle of the spoon was longer than the hand.
Swami gave him a shiver at the sight of this suffering and unhappiness.
"You just saw hell," said Shiva.
Then Shiva opened the second door. The room looked exactly the same, there was exactly the same table in the middle of the room and the exact same dish full of delicious food on it. People sat around with the same long spoons attached to their hands. Everyone, however, was cheerful, in great shape, and had a lively discussion. The room radiated joy and prosperity.
I don't understand, Swami said.
"It's simple," Shiva replied.
These happy people have learned to feed each other, while the greedy ones can only think of themselves.