Heaven and Hell

 

 

From the Dhammapada:  

15  He suffers in this world, and he suffers in the next world: the man who does evil suffers in both worlds.  He suffers, he suffers and mourns when he sees the wrong he has done.

16  He is happy in this world and he is happy in the next world: the man who does good is happy in both worlds.  He is glad, he feels great gladness when he sees the good he has done.  

17  He sorrows in this world, and he sorrows in the next world: the man who does evil sorrows in both worlds.  ‘I have done evil’, thus he laments, and more he laments on the path of sorrow.  

18  He rejoices in this world, and he rejoices in the next world: the man who does good rejoices in both worlds.  ‘I have done good’, thus he rejoices, and more he rejoices on the path of joy.  

 

 

 

Heaven or hell in this lifetime  

Is your personal experience, and nobody else's.  

Perhaps this is the result of:  

 

1.  your past circumstances  

2.  your past actions  

3.  your present circumstances

4.  your present actions

5.  your body, senses, consciousness – that which experiences  

 

Be the best that you can be, better than yesterday.    

 

Consequences – opportunities or threats?  

We cannot control the consequences of our actions.  All we can do is to do our best.  If things have gone wrong, and we did not do our best – this is going to bite.  If we did our best, then we could not have done any more.  

Just as everything has multiple causes, every action has multiple consequences, and as the author of your actions, many of the consequences will inevitably attach to you, in ways you might not even know about.  

Some consequences are against your interests, so these are a threat.  

Some consequences promote your interests and well being, so these consequences represent an opportunity.  

See also: The Healing Principle, Emotions