I confess to being dissapointed, I was much impressed by your posting about Ek Onkar, and the lack of heaven and hell in sikhism, however although this is your view, others seem not to share it. I have spent some time reading the post regarding heaven and hell, and although I have the hugest respect for all who contributed, I could not help but shake off the feeling that , in sikhism, everything is geared towards conquering the five thieves, which will then enable eternity merged with the almighty, well that sounds a bit like heaven to me.
Heaven and hell are states of mind. When you are in tune to the truth then life is much easier to deal with. It gives you the strength to deal with the disappointments and difficulties rather than challenging them. We learn to accept the world as it is. By tackling the 5 thieves, your seva is more likely to be completely selfless and done with the receiver in mind rather than doing what is best for yourself, even when it is tough to do the right thing.