Beulah Land is a fictional land flowing with milk and honey where everything is perfect, finally, at last, forever-- commensurate with Nirvana, Heaven, The Farther Shore, The Happy Hunting Ground, Elysian Fields, and every religion's idea of where we are going when we die. Where we are going when we die is fading back into the Tao, the Infinite, Eternal and Everlasting, Mind where we came from. Which we could begin to participate in here and now if we were to be so inclined. Buddha talked about Buddha-Mind being available to every enlightened one, and Jesus said, "The kingdom is spread throughout the earth, and no one sees it." Enlightenment simply means seeing what's what and what needs to be done in response, and doing it with the gifts of our original nature, moment-by-moment when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done for the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it all our life long. Sounds boring to us, and we hate being bored. So we comfort ourselves with hymns about Sweet Beulah Land, and wrap ourselves in our delusions until we die.
We want, we want, we want... We live to get and to have what we want. All we want is to have our way And what else we want. All the time. Especially RIGHT NOW!!! When did wanting take over the earth? Has it always been the modus operandi of the species? We cannot imagine life without it. Trees seem to get by on what they have. And clouds. But human beings have been making weapons from the start. A weapon is just a way of getting what we want. Or keeping someone else from taking what we want. Wanting is the heart of the matter. Wanting what we need needs to be as far as wanting goes, but needing what we want is where wanting takes us. If we want it, we need it. And have to have it. So give it to me NOW! Being able to separate wants from needs and live in the service of legitimate needs only is the untended task of life. And the foundation of being alive to what has need of us in the moment every moment. No matter what we might want. Living with fealty to what needs to be done here and now-- to what needs us to do it-- regardless of what we want is the goal of life in each situation as it arises. This is what Jesus was saying when he said, "If you are coming with me, you have to pick up your cross daily and do what needs to be done!"