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Trailokya

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Trailokya (Skt., त्रैलोक्य trailokya; Pali, tiloka; Standard Tibetan: khams-gsum (Wylie)) has been translated as "three worlds," "three spheres," "three planes of existence," "three realms" and "three regions." These three worlds are identified in Hindu and early Buddhist texts, have counterparts in Brahmanical sources and are elaborated upon by more recent Theosophical theory.

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Buddhist cosmology

In Buddhism, the three worlds refer the following karmic rebirth destinations:

Brahmanical system

Bhuvanatraya is the brahmanical fourfold division of worlds. These systems can be juxtaposed in the following manner:

Brahmanical Worlds Buddhist Worlds
1. Bhur, earth. 1. World of desire, Kamadhatu or Kamaloka.
2. Bhuvah, heaven, firmament. 2. World of form, Rupadhatu.
3. Swar, atmosphere, the sky.}3. The formless world, Arupadhatu.
4. Mahar, eternal luminous essence.

Each of the brahmanical worlds represents a post-mortem state.

Theosophical views

According to Blavatsky's posthumously published Theosophical Glossary (1892):

Anthroposophical views

According to Rudolf Steiner's Theosophy book, the three worlds are the Physical World, the Soul World, and the Spiritland.

Source

Wikipedia:Trailokya