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The Tibetan Buddhist Hell Realms, All Too Familiar

The Tibetan Buddhist Hell Realms, All Too Familiar


Hell realms – the Tibetan version of hell has many more tortures and they’re all strangely evocative of everyday life.  We all suffer routine brutality which we are taught to ignore because 'feelings, sensitivity is for wimps.'   In fact feelings, sensitivity, are there for our better selves, the humanity which recognises divinity is our birthright.   The consideration and love we want is the consideration and love we are all capable of, when we are not hell bent on mad, vacuous materialism.   This consideration and love is what we were made for, the essential ingrediants for heaven on earth, as opposed to hell.

Hell is a concept met everywhere, in all cultures around the world and seems to describe and dramatise the various horrors we suffer everyday in this world.   They may be highlighted in lurid colours to get the message across but then we may be dulled by familiarity and acceptance to fail to recognise the pitiful misery of our situations, as one would be, knowing nothing better.   After a few years even "Prison's not too bad ..."

When we glimpse the vision of the heaven on earth we could enjoy, we will reject forever the hell of sentimental inhumanity.   Mutual cruelty because we are unhappy, unsatisfied, we have not found the love we are looking for.



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