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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, marriage love in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.4": detail "Section 4719"
Marriage love with the spiritual begins from outward things, thus from a kind of lasciviousness. They love nudity, and it is arousing. Eventually, of course, outer things fade away, but then marriage love in effect usually ceases. It is otherwise with the heavenly. With them marriage love begins from inward things, thus from a joining of souls. They don't care about nudity, just as is the case in the tropical zones, where they see each other naked but still do not love any other than their own married partner.
 The heavenly in the other life as well appear naked, and the spiritual clothed. The latter are lascivious from their nature in the world, but the former are not. I have been shown by them that this is the case. And besides this, there is the reason that with the heavenly the will is not as corrupt as it is with the spiritual. They love from this will, which is the inmost part of a person. The spiritual, however, love from their intellectual part which is comparatively outward. Consequently, in the beginning it is lascivious. From this it is also clear that the state of the heavenly is the reverse of that of the spiritual.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Afterlife, marriage love in" (search under Afterlife/Afterlife, Heaven, Hell)": source "Conjugial Love": detail "Section 54"
All those married partners who are merely natural, are separated after death; because with them the love of marriage grows cold, and the love of adultery grows warm: nevertheless after separation, they sometimes associate as married partners with others; but after a short time they withdraw from each other: and this in many cases is done repeatedly; till at length the man is made over to some harlot and the woman to some adulterer; which is effected in an infernal prison, where promiscuous whoredom is forbidden each party under certain pains and penalties. Married partners, of whom one is spiritual and the other natural, are also separated after death; and to the spiritual is given a suitable married partner: whereas the natural one is sent to the resorts of the lascivious among his like. But those, who in the world have lived a single life, and have altogether alienated their minds from marriage, in case they be spiritual, remain single; but if natural, they become whoremongers. It is otherwise with those, who in their single state have desired marriage, and especially if they have solicited it without success; for such, if they are spiritual, blessed marriages are provided, but not until they come into heaven.
 Those who in the world have been shut up in monasteries, both men and women, at the conclusion of the monastic life, which continues some time after death, are let loose and discharged, and enjoy the free indulgence of their desires, whether they are disposed to live in a married state or not: if they are disposed to live in a married state, this is granted them; but if otherwise, they are conveyed to those who live in celibacy on the side of heaven; such, however, as have indulged the fires of prohibited lust, are cast down. The reason why those who live in celibacy are on the side of heaven, is because the sphere of perpetual celibacy infests the sphere of conjugial love, which is the very essential sphere of heaven; and the reason why the sphere of conjugial love is the very essential sphere of heaven, is because it descends from the heavenly marriage of the Lord and the church.