The purpose of this meditation is to contemplate the endless cycle of suffering that is samsara.
I began by making the appropriate preparations for meditation and then contemplated the six realms of samsara as depicted in the diagram of the wheel of life. The six realms of samsara are divided into three ‘fortunate’ realms and three ‘unfortunate’ realms. The three fortunate realms are the God Realm, the Demi-God Realm and the Human Realm. Humans have fairly good conditions and also much suffering. Demi-Gods have better conditions than Humans but are tormented by jealousy of the Gods. They continually wage war against the Gods, but because the Gods are superior, they always win. Gods themselves enjoy the best conditions in samsara, without any suffering or sadness. They live for aeons. During this time, they burn up all their positive karma, and when they die they descend once more into the lower realms.
The Lower Realms comprise the Animal Realm, the Realm of Hungry Spirits and the Hell Realm. The animals suffer from great confusion and stupidity. They are taken advantage of by humans who use them for food, labour and entertainment. They have no freedom or peace, constantly prey for other animals and humans. Hungry Ghosts inhabit a desolate place where there is hardly any food or drink. Hell Beings are constantly tortured and tormented with a thousand dreadful experiences.
Even humans with the best possible conditions, such as the baby boy born into the British Royal Family a few minutes ago, will have to experience the sufferings of birth, sickness, ageing and death. Each realm of samsara has its sufferings, and even the Gods must fall in the end. There is no rest or comfort in samsara.
I contemplated these points and felt once more a wish to be liberated from this constant cycle of suffering. It is SO unsatisfactory. It is so meaningless and so full of suffering. I want to be free. I focused on this wish for the rest of the meditation.
May all living beings become free from samsara quickly and without delay.
Practice in the Meditation Break
I will try to maintain by renunciation for samsara constantly.