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I didn't know they had hells, but I knew of being reincarnated as gods, although the article doesn't talk about how they try achieving nirvana, which is to escape the cycle altogether.
The Six Realms of Existence
In the heavens (there are many) beings are is rewarded for past good deeds. Life in heaven is a continual round or pleasure and enjoyment, with no suffering, anxiety, or unfulfilled desires until the moment one is about to be reborn in another realm. And this is one of the problems—life in heaven is extremely long (e.g., 30,000 years), but is ultimately impermanent, and one must inevitably leave to take birth in another realm.
The Heaven Realms
Those realms whose denizens are more subtle, longer-lived and enjoy greater pleasure than us humans are collectively referred to as Heaven. Rebirth in heaven is the result of performing meritorious actions, as for instance acts of generosity or kindness, while on Earth. There are numerous levels and stations within levels in these realms.
Broadly speaking, the Realms of Heaven may be divided into three levels. There are the Sensual Heavens, the Fine-Material Heavens and the Immaterial Heavens.
The Sensual Heavens are part of the kama-loka, the Plane of Sensuality which includes the human realm and the lower realms as well. The gods of the sensual heavens, known as devas, enjoy refined versions of the sense pleasures known to humans; food, sex, music, dancing and so forth. These gods live very long life spans, but they are not immortal. Also included in the sense-desire sphere are lesser deities that dwell bound to this earth, in big trees and other wild places.
The God Realm
The Deva realm is the realm of bliss. The disadvantage of this realm is that things are so very comfortable there, that these beings completely neglect to work towards enlightenment. Instead they gradually use up the good karma they had previously accumulated, and so they subsequently fall to a lower rebirth.
The Deva realm is sometimes also referred to as the gods' realm, because its inhabitants are so powerful within their own realm, that compared to humans, they resemble the gods of Greek or Roman mythology. However, while the Devas may be referred to as gods, they are not immortal, omniscient, nor omnipotent, and they do not act as creators or judges at death, so they are notably very distinct from the monotheistic Western concept of a god.
originally posted by: demus
a reply to: babloyi
there is nothing to be agreed on; the truth is that like I said:
#6 - Jesus Christ never claimed to be God and never asked to be worshiped - had worshiped "Our Father"; there is no trinity in the Bible
I am not talking about interpretations and religious traditions; those may differ.