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The Five Re—Birth Destinations 1

Homage to the Blessed One, the Worthy One, the Highest Self—Enlightened One!

What The Blessed Buddha actually Said!

Published: 2014-09-05 — Updated: 2018-05-24

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The Five Re—Birth Destinations 1

The Lord Buddha’s explanation of the five re—birth destinations.

The Blessed Buddha once explained: Sariputta, there are these five destinations. What are the five? Hell, the animal realm, the realm of ghosts, human beings, and gods... I fully understand hell, the animal, ghost, human, and the divine realm, and the various paths and ways leading to these realms of existence... I also understand, know and directly see how any one who has entered a path to hell, on the breakup of the body, right at death, will reappear in a state of deprivation, in a painful destination, in purgatory, in hell... Similarly do I understand, know and see directly how any one, who has entered such path on the breakup of the body, right after death, will reappear as an animal, a ghost, a human or a divine being... I understand Nibbana, the path and very way leading to this Nibbana... And I also understand & see directly how one who has entered this path realising it himself by direct experience, will right there and then enter and dwell in that release of mind & that release by understanding, which is fermentation—free after the elimination of the mental fermentations [Nibbana]!

— Source: Edited extract: The Middle Length Sayings of the Buddha. Majjhima Nikaya. MN 12. i 73—4:The great lions roar.

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