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Asura realm

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It is a peculiar path in the Six paths.

In terms of material enjoyment and psychic power,

it is similar to Deva.

However, in some aspects, it is even worse than Human Path.

The male Asura is extremely ugly, while the female is as beautiful as an angel.

The male Asura always fights with each other as they are cruel and furious.

They are proud of themselves, and reluctant to learn and practise the Buddhist teachings.

Asuras is a collective term for Yaksas, Raksasas and other demons.

This realm is formless.

Generally speaking, asuras have cultivated goodness and performed good deeds.

But they are very combative and they get angry very easily.

They love to compete and fight.

Because they have not rid themselves of anger,

they are not qualified for entering heaven and, hence, they fall into the Realm of Asuras.

These ghosts and spirits, though they have benevolent thoughts,

do not have peaceful days because they are so competitive.

So, in order to avoid falling into the Realm of Nature Spirits,

one must retain a heart that is compassionate, righteous, in compliance with propriety, honest and benevolent.

Source

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