Those who become temporarily involved when they meet with desire but who do not dwell upon it when it is finished, and who, while in the human realm, are less active and more quiet, will, when their lives come to an end, abide in emptiness, emanating a lucid light. Beyond reach of the sun and moon's illumination, these beings will have their own light and will be born in the Suyama Heaven.
This is the third heaven of the Six Desire Heavens, the Suyama Heaven. There are some people in this world who, when it comes to the fond regard and emotional love that exists between married couples,
become temporarily involved when they meet with desire. Although they may indulge in marital relations, they
do not dwell upon it when it is finished. When it is over they do not think about the sexual involvement.
While in the human realm, they
are less active and more quiet. That means they spend more time cultivating chan samadhi.
When their lives come to an end, they
abide in emptiness, emanating a lucid light. They dwell in space
beyond the reach of the sun and moon's illumination. The sun radiates light and the moon reflects light, but that light does not reach this place. When
these beings, who have few desires and know contentment, come to this place, they
will have their own light. Their physical bodies emit light. At that place, the light does not come from the sun and moon; it is a natural part of these beings' own bodies. In that place there is no day and night; the Suyama Heaven is filled with light all the time. How do they distinguish day and night? They rely on the lotus blossoms. When the lotuses open, it is daytime; when the lotuses close, it is nighttime. No darkness exists there. Day and night are bathed in light. Each being's body emits light.
People like that will be born in the Suyama Heaven. That is the name of the place where they abide. The average height of beings born there is two hundred twenty-five feet. The average lifespan is two thousand years, twice as long as that of beings in the Trayastrimsha Heaven. As the heavens get higher, the lifespans get longer. Those in the lower heavens have shorter lifespans.
Those who are quiet all the time, but who are not yet able to resist when stimulated by contact, ascend at the end of their lives to a subtle and ethereal place; they will not be drawn into the lower realms. The destruction of the realms of humans and gods and the three disasters at the end of a kalpa will not reach them, for they are born in the Tushita Heaven.
This heaven has an inner and an outer court. The average gods live in the outer court; sages dwell in the inner court. Currently, Maitreya Bodhisattva is in the inner court of the Tushita Heaven explaining the Samadhi of Mind-consciousness Only.
Those who are quiet all the time. People who remain unmoving at all times and in all places,
but who are not yet able to resist when stimulated by contact. When a sexual situation arises, they may not refrain from responding even though they would rather not. On very rare occasions, they have marital relations.
At the end of their lives, these people with few desires who know contentment will ascend
to a subtle and ethereal place. Their souls will ascend to rarified regions.
They will not be drawn into the lower realms. The destruction of the realms of humans and gods and the three disasters at the end of the kalpa will not reach them. The three disasters are water, fire, and wind. Fire burns through the first dhyana. Water inundates the second dhyana. Wind rips through the third dhyana. But the three disasters do not reach the Tushita Heaven. Beings such as these will be
born in the Tushita Heaven. Tushita is a Sanskrit word which translates as "Contentment." Beings there have few desires and are satisfied. They are not the least bit greedy. They don't have thoughts of sexual desire. They have few desires and know contentment.
If you want to be born as a god in the future, then you should have few desires and be content now. If you have heavy emotions and are always engaging in sexual fantasies so that you are unable to be without that kind of thing even for a moment, then you are in grave danger. Just that, in fact, is the most dangerous indulgence; it marks the beginning of a fall. If you don't fear falling, then you can indulge in such fantasies even more. If you fear falling, then you should swiftly put a halt to your emotions. If you don't put a halt to them, then there's no way to know for sure where you will end up.
The previous Suyama Heaven is known for its "nice time divisions," because day and night are full of light. This heaven, the Tushita, is known for its "few desires and contentment."
Those who are devoid of desire, but who will engage in it for the sake of their partner, even though to them the experience is as flavorless as chewing wax, are born at the end of their lives in a transcendental place of transformations. They are born in the Heaven of Bliss by Transformation.
Those who are devoid of desire. I don't have thoughts of sexual desire,
but will engage in it for the sake of my
partner. "If you insist; if you pursue the matter, then I'll comply." This refers to marital relations. One partner who has sexual desire pursues the other one who doesn't. This could be any Tom, Dick, or Harry.
To them the experience is as flavorless as chewing wax. The experience need not be described in detail here; everyone should get the idea. Have you ever chewed wax? You may keep chewing and chewing, but it remains totally flavorless. That's the analogy used to describe this experience— flavorless. People like this are devoid of sexual desire.
After hearing the explanation of this principle, each of you should definitely get control of yourself. Don't be self-indulgent any more. Don't keep racing down the road to death. With total disregard for your very life, you speed headlong toward death. These people
are born at the end of their lives in a transcendental place of transformations.
After their lives end, such people go beyond everything into a realm of transformations.
They are born in the Heaven of Bliss by Transformation. What does bliss by transformation mean? At the place where they are, everything comes about by transformation. It is an extremely blissful place, unspeakably blissful. However this is not the bliss experienced in sexual relations. It is a natural bliss that everyone who goes there experiences. Nonetheless, that place is not an ultimate one; it is merely one of the Six Desire Heavens.
The average height of the gods in this heaven is three hundred seventy-five feet. Eight hundred years in the human realm is equivalent to a day and a night in this heaven. The average lifespan of beings there is eight thousand years.
To be continued