All posts tagged Retribution

The Ten Realms of Existence in Buddhism (1): The First Six Lower Realms

Published Nobyembre 8, 2016 by jptan2012

When I wrote the post entitled – IS THERE A FENG SHUI RELEVANCE TO ALL SOULS DAY – I know that this is really the time for me to write about the topic that I have always wanted to write but has withheld from writing it because I’m not sure whether my readers are ready for it and also if it is the right time.

However, in hindsight this is something that I should have written before I even wrote and posted about the article about the Feng Shui relevance of All Souls Day. But having said that, I still believe that everything works and happened on its right time. And maybe it is really meant for me to write this now.

For Christians, when you die you either go to hell or heaven, maybe purgatory. And there you stay forever, that’s the only rebirth you experience. But in Buddhism, it is said that one goes thru reincarnation or rebirth, and there are different realms that you go to, the first six realms which are considered as the lower realm you go through that several times.

What are these SIX LOWER REALMS?

  1. HELL. To put it plainly this is a realm very similar to what Christians believe in. This is where you undergo punishment for your sins. If I’m not mistaken, in the Bible, hell is described as a lake of fire. In Buddhism, the lake of fire is just one part of hell. There are many different stages and parts of a hell. But needless to say in all those parts you go through retribution by a lot of suffering from your offenses in your other lives.
  2. HUNGRY GHOST. This is somewhat akin to hell, only the difference is that some Hungry Ghost still has the capacity to live amongst humans. You undergo suffering and retribution in this realm by feeling that you have a physical body but are unable to touch physical things. One of these things is food. Technically speaking, Hungry Ghosts may be nice or temperamental. They retain characteristics of human in terms of temperament and personality.
  3. ANIMAL. Simply put you are born as an animal, which is seen as a lesser being because of several attachments and inability to fully discern right and wrong. And most animals have a short life span and also are less fortunate than humans.
  4. HUMAN. This is us. If you are human, it is considered that you have enough good karma for you to be born as one. Because humans have the power to right things and learn new things and learn about the dharma (Buddha’s Teachings). But take note that we are still in the lower realm, and we are not in the highest in the lower realm.
  5. ASURA. Asura’ are unseen being that are better off than humans, they still need to learn things and they have their own realm of existence. They can see us, but we cannot see us. It is said that you are born as an Asura if as a human you are very generous but tends to have foul mouth and a bad temper. I guess one example of this is to take the story of Robinhood. Somebody like will be born as an Asura because he did a lot of good things but at the same time he stole things.
  6. HEAVENLY BEINGS. There are so many stages in Heavenly Beings that I will discuss in the future. But as a heavenly being one has some kind of supernatural power, but one has no physical body. A Heavenly Being lives in a place much like what the Bible described. However, as a heavenly being they still need to learn more about the Dharma. Some of the gods and deities of Taoism are considered as Heavenly Beings in Buddhism. In the lowest realm of Heavenly Beings are the Demons, who guard the lower realms like hell. And heavenly beings can be reborn as an Asura or Human or Animal, but their life span is much longer than that of human. Heavenly beings can help protect those in the lower realms like humans. In fact, in the Sutras a lot of the Lord and Yakshas and ‘Demons’ have committed to protect the people who read and carry or own the Medicine Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra, and the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

Everybody in the lower realm undergoes rebirth. One can go up to Heavenly Beings or go down to Hell depending on one’s karma. As long as we don’t achieve Samadhi we will continue to be born in one of these realms.

We only stop samsara (cycle of rebirth) once we have attained Samadhi. And we enter the 4 higher realms. I will discuss that on my next post.

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Did the Vajrapani Ruel Triggered a Past Life Recall?

Published Hunyo 10, 2015 by jptan2012

Reincarnation-WSOne of the very first few people who got the Vajrapani Ruel is the son of my former tutor. Although PB was brought up as a Christian, he slowly turned Buddhist and believer of Feng Shui when he encountered a big problem in his life. But somehow Buddhism and Feng Shui have helped him to overcome his problem. However, he is not yet really ready to become fully Buddhist and turned his back from his religion. Note that in Buddhism, it is totally acceptable for a person to have two religions. In fact, one of the most basic teachings of Buddhism is that as a Buddhist one should not assume that your religion knows everything. Buddha himself espouses respect of all other religions.

Anyway, PB requested to have the Vajrapani Ruel(2) because he simply wanted to have one. However, since I ran out of an amulet holder, PB decided to temporarily keep his Vajrapani Ruel(3) in his safety deposit box. Until he forgot about it.

PB doesn’t get along with his mom, my tutor, although I believe that they are both really nice people. Because they have never requested for it, I have never attempted to look at their charts and find out as to why they don’t get along well.

Recently, PB and his mom are having some terrible arguments, more terrible than usual. To the point that they have not been talking to each other, but PB sincerely wants to get along with his mom especially since her mom is no longer young. Because of this he was reminded of the Vajrapani Ruel(4), he took it out of his safety deposit box and decided to chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM while holding the ruel. His purpose is to have the ruel magically worked on his relationship with his mom. However, Vajrapani through the Vajrapani Ruel(5) has another thing in store for PB.

After chanting the mantra 108x, PB had a vision. He saw himself in his past life and his mom in her past life. At that time mother and son are both male friends in what appeared to somewhere in Middle East. PB believes it could be Persia. I won’t be able to go into details because PB himself is unable to share the whole vision with me because he finds some of it quite personal. But to make the long story short, his mom who was his friend then betrayed PB, which led to his death. So in this life, they come back to be together and have the mom take care of PB as a retribution for his past act. This also explains why PB despite of the fact that his mom is really nice to him, he seem to carry a certain grudge towards her. When PB saw this vision he started to understand the nature. PB said it has made him more patient with his mom. Whether this is enough for them to mend their relationship remains to be seen.

It should be noted though that according to my Guru Lama, he has never heard of any story about past life recall in connection with the Vajrapani Ruel(6). But he sincerely believes that it is not impossible.

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