Religions have been created for as long as we remember, far back into the very depth of human evolution. Each religion always has its deities or great men that are to be worshipped and valued greatly. For example, Christianity has Christ, Buddhism has Buddha and Islam has Allah, etc. In the recorded religious documents of these great religions, there have been numerous mentions on Heaven and Hell. Is there such thing as another realm for the souls of those who pass away?
Most devoted Christians actually believe in this “other realms” thing. It is said that people who have sins will be sent to hell to suffer for eternity and those good doers and believers will be saved and brought up to heaven to leave peacefully with the Almighty, in another word, God. This will all be decided when the Day of Judgement comes although there hasn’t been any evidence to pinpoint the exact date. Islam also has similar opinions about the realms of heaven of hell. What about Buddhism?
From what people usually know the Buddhists also believe in Heaven and Hell. The bad goes to hell, and the good deserves a golden life in heaven. This will be decided depending on their deeds in the present life. However, what I’ve discovered recently is very interesting. According to the Teacher’s Magazine Vol. 26 Page 11, the Buddha also agrees that there really isn’t any Heaven or Hell. In fact, they are just metaphors that refer to what actually exists in this visible world we’re living nowadays. According to the text, the ones we refer as Gods are compared to the decent people of high ranks in the society who live in happiness and prosperity, which in turn refers to Heaven. On the contrary, people who commit immoral activities daily and who always live in fiery and instable state of mind are referred to those who live in Hell, where no peace can be found.
In my opinion, I think the Buddhism has more facts to support the theory that Heaven and Hell are nowhere to be found other than this land we stand, sit, sleep and walk on every day.
Still, a theory is still a theory. There’s only one way to prove it; I’ll have to die to confirm whether or not this theory is true to its words.Coming up: the Truth behind Buddhism