I’ve something to lend you but will take it back anytime I wish. Do you want it?
It depends on what you offer.
An opportunity to build your store of merit and to grow. To become a God.
And what is the price?
No price. It’s your entitlement. But if you mess up, there will be pain.
Yes, but don’t worry. You can tweak it so it’ll only be pain you can endure.
I get to decide the level of pain? You promise?
Yes, I promise, you decide the level of pain. Short and sharp, or dull and long. The final weight of gold will be the same.
I need to build my store of merit and progress to higher realms. Very well then.
Here, take it – take Life for use on the Third. Go to hell. When you return, you’ll be closer to becoming a god.
*** Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2019 ***
As I’m travelling, I might be late in responding to your comments. Thank you.
I think that we create our own hells as a by product of our own actions.
Very true, Jane
There are no worse hells than those residing in the hearts and minds of the lazy and ignorant.
Every good Hindu would choose the path upward and seek to earn merit preparing for every reincarnation Eric. Hell seems to be a diversion backward though I thought that would be expressed in being incarnated as a cockroach or something down the pathway rather than an upward progression to Brahma. The concept of hell as I recall seems to be Buddhist. There was a Chinese theme park in Singapore with the Buddhist hell exhibit during my stay there. Is that still there?
You’re right, every good Hindu would choose an upward progression.
There are some Hindus who believe if they did evil they will reborn as a lower life-form. Probably this is where you picked up the notion of regression – from people who meant well but were ill-informed. The Gita, the Vedas and the Puranas do not mention such “regressive” consequences.
The theme park you speak of in Singapore is the Haw Par Gardens. The 18 hells depicted there are Taoist not Buddhist. Hell as we both know is also an Abrahamic concept.
As an adherent and practitioner of Buddhism I can state categorically that Buddhists do not believe in hell. They believe in rebirth to learn lessons unlearned so that they might progress to higher realms. A human is never reborn as anything other than a humanoid. But like other beliefs there is plenty of misconceptions in Buddhism too—and by Buddhists themselves. For example, contrary to popular acceptance, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a way of life and some of us refer to it as “the middle path”.
There are dozens of good websites on the internet regarding Buddhism that might be worth accessing. I know such subjects interest you. Because like me, you are a seeker.
All good wishes,
Thank you for the thoughtful reply. Now I remember Haw Par Gardens. I enjoyed that place and they had a good stage performance as I recall. Singapore has many interesting tourist spots. I do need reminders at this age. 🙂
Becoming god can be lonely and most of the time whether people are delighted, swearing or venting their anger, they call god’s name. And now they acronym god to OMG. Also it’s more difficult when you get higher up the runk. I have all the excuses to remain status quo. LOL.
Now that’s a thought – a lonely god 🙂
Perhaps you can become a Hindu god. They appear on earth as avatars and do good/mischief/whatever 🙂
Status quo…hmmmm. If it works for you.
Luv and hugz,
I will go for short and sharp if it makes me a god sooner
And safe travels
Thank you 🙂
Hello Onyango, my friend,
According to some Buddhist sects, one has to complete 72,000 life cycles before graduating to a higher realm. But then again, some people believe time can be compressed 🙂
72K cycles! I will take the shortcut
Safe travelling Eric, “may the road rise with you”
Thank you, Chris.
I know for a fact that you read my post 🙂
At all times of that you can be assured,