The ten spiritual realms
are part of the belief of some forms of Buddhism
that there are ten conditions of life which sentient beings are subject to, and which they experience from moment to moment.
The ten spiritual realms are part of Buddhist cosmology
and consist of four higher realms and six lower realms
. Some schools of Buddhism see them as being external, ten different planes of existence beings can be born into, whilst others, see them as states of mind that can be shifted between due to external and internal influences. The following is a description of the ten realms as mental states.
Six realms of desire
The six lower realms
are Hell, Hunger, Animality, Arrogance, Humanity and Rapture. These six lower worlds arise automatically from within people’s lives in response to external surroundings. Three of the four remaining worlds are: Learning, Realization and Bodhisattva. These worlds are developed through seeking, discovering and aspiring. The tenth world, Buddhahood, is a condition of pure, indestructible happiness.
Hell is a condition of total claustrophobic aggression, in which one perceives no freedom of action and has very little life-force (physical or mental energy). One feels totally trapped by one's circumstances, the being is dominated by anger, hatred and... Read More