HELEN Keller, deaf, blind and mute from an early age, inspired millions with her writings about recognising the divine on earth.
“I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God,” she wrote.
In March, 1887, Helen Keller was first introduced to her teacher and life mentor Anne Sullivan. With the help of Sullivan, Keller, went on to become the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ” she said.
Dostoevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov, wrote of one of his dispirited characters waking from a dream, transformed by a glimpse of heaven.
Something buried in his heart burst forth and he walked out into the night to see the stars.
The silence of the Earth, wrote Dostoevsky, “seemed to merge with the silence of the heavens, the mystery of the Earth touched by the mystery of the stars.
‘IT was as if threads from all those innumerable worlds of God all came together in his soul, and it was trembling all over, touching other worlds.”
There is a story told about ancient monks who searched earth looking for the door to heaven. Finally, they found it, the place where heaven meets earth. When they opened the door, they were back at their monastery, where they lived their daily lives.