Author: ByTeow Aun Chew
Have we lived before? Will we live again? Despite endless debates based around the validity of reincarnation as it is expounded in various religions, there is one crucial point that must be remembered. Reincarnation is not a religious concept. It is not the property of any one group to either own or disown. Reincarnation is par excellence a natural Law. When we grasp this, many doors open for deeper understanding. "The Meadow" addresses this concept subtly as it describes the challenges of the main characters from life to life. Logically, if you study the nature of the world in which we live, learn and grow, almost everything has a cycle - why would man be different from the environment in which he was meant to evolve? -- Elfreda Pretorius and Mike O'Hare.
White Sun (The Paths of Reincarnation)
ByTeow Aun Chew
The setting sun here is the rising sun elsewhere. The world is round, and if we think we are ahead of others, we are actually behind many others. We are constantly creating new causes from the effects until we become helpless and confused in this universal turbulence of cause and effect. The vicious cycle is also called karma as suffering begets confusion; confusion begets karma; karma begets suffering and never ending story.
There are four holy ways and six conditions of the existence of sentient beings. The four holy ways are Buddha, Bodhisattvas, Pratyeka Buddha and Sravakas. The six conditions of rebirth are deva, human, asura demon, animals, hungry ghosts and ghosts in hell. These six rebirths dwell in three realms: Realm of Desire, Realm of Form and Realm of Formless.
1] The Realm of Desire is divided into a) Three Upper Ways and b) Three Lower Ways.
a] Three Upper Ways - Those who performed good deeds but without improving his or her shortcomings such as hatred or ignorance will be reincarnated as Asura Demon. This is the inferior class of goodness which has good karma but without virtue. The second is the middle class of goodness where it will be a return to human life. The upper class of goodness is rewarded with the deva life (deity), who will dwell in the six heavens of the realm of desire.
b] Three Lower Ways - These are hells, animals and hungry ghosts. There are central hells, adjacent hells and isolated hells. Central hells have eight hot hells and eight cold hells. The terms used for these hells are Arbuda, Nirarbuda, Atata, Apapa and Huhuva with different degree of suffering and punishment. The adjacent hells have sixteen inferior cells next to each hot hell. Isolated hells are beyond words to describe the suffering and have no chance of reincarnation until the end of time. Full description can be found in my website under the link "Journey to the Underworld."
The Animals - Our eyes can see this world and is classified into four different types. They are viviparous, oviparous, insect and creature of water.
The Hungry Ghosts - This is a very pitiful ghost who has a very narrow throat and big belly with a ghostly figure. Any food that they come across and want to eat will turn into burning charcoal where they cannot eat and is always hungry looking for food.
2] The Realm of Form - There are eighteen levels of heavens.
3] The Realm of Formless - There are four levels of heavens.
These heavens are not true eternal heaven and are sometimes called lower heaven or middle heaven. It is also called The Spiritual World.
In these heavens, even though there is enjoyment of the reward, they still belong to part of the cycle of reincarnation and do not belong to eternal heaven. Cultivators of different paths may easily reach these heavens but it is very difficult to reach eternal heaven which has no more reincarnation and the end of all sufferings.
The Buddhist scripture says: "There is no peace in the three realms. Just like a burning house, filled with suffering and fear, there are also endless flame of birth, growing old, illness and death."
Buddha said: "We inherited our karma. If we want to know about our past lives, we can simply learn about them from what situations we encounter in this life. If we want to know about the conditions of our future lives, we can learn about them from what we have done in this life."
All changes of cause and effect come from the activities in our present daily life. Our fate is of our creation and it centered in our heart and depends upon our inner intentions, attitude and external deeds.
In the teaching of Tao, it is said: "Our intentions from our heart formed our attitudes. Our attitudes formed our behavior, our behavior formed our habits, our habits formed our character, and our character formed our fate."
Author: T.A Chew
T.A Chew, a Tao practitioner, was advised that the first step to end the cycle of reincarnation is to be initiated with Tao. He did so in 1995 and since then he has been shown the way to eternal heaven. Realizing that there are heavens above heavens, what he wanted is eternal heaven. Website: http://www.white-sun.com
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THE MEADOW -- A SPIRITUAL ROMANCE
"The Meadow" is an epic love story unlike anything told before. The storyline threads an earthly path through four life times, from ancient Mexica to contemporary Pakistan, and affords the reader glimpses of a place known as "The Meadow" - an inter-life waterhole where souls rest between lives.
This is a story about life and all its complexities. It is about the eternal love of two characters that seem destined to be together but who repeatedly fail to bond due to a nemesis that tracks them from life to life, tearing them apart.
The stage of "The Meadow" includes hate and retribution, international espionage and political deceit, interspersed with the brilliance of an autistic savant, offspring of the female protagonist, who tries to solve the secret and mystery of the eagle in order to save his mother.
The frustrated lovers thus have only one option - to unite in the Meadow - a place they forget all about each time they incarnate into a new life.
This site is dedicated to "The Meadow", a book of more than 600 pages and has yet to be published, but it is also devoted to sharing information about life beyond the trapdoor of death, inviting the reader to question everything, from dogmatic beliefs to the establishment.
There are many related articles here and we hope that there will be something for everyone. We hope to encourage communication and discussion between likeminded individuals willing to share their experiences to further our common goals of advancement into the future whilst learning from each other.