I understood that there are a total of 31 planes of existence, which can be grouped into 5 destinations: Heavens, human, animal, spirits, Hells.
Of course, all of us will die one day sooner or later, inevitably. Consider that we are not advanced in meditation, not keeping best virtues (just Pancasila also not really perfect sometimes), not full time monastics… I think Nibbāna in this life is pretty impossible for me, but definitely the final goal is Nibbāna. I hope to just attain Sotapatti Magga Phala in this present life before death…
I read saṅkhārupapattisutta in Majjhima Nikaya, where the Buddha taught us how properly to make aspiration to be reborn in realms according to our wish and other virtues, which I think it is very beneficial for us that couldn’t attain Nibbāna in this very life. And I think it is crucial for us laymen to practice according to this sutta too, by making such aspiration and practice accordingly to the Sutta, is just like shooting an arrow and just a matter of time to hit the target (of course there will be obstacles but if really faithful to the teachings, it is not far from the goal).
For me, I couldn’t establish any Jhanas on Four Divine Abidings, so Brahma worlds definitely out of the question.
To other realms like Yama, Nimmanarati, Paranimmitavasavatti, I basically know nothing about these realms and little info about these realms in the Suttas too.
I can work hard, trying develop Saddha, Sila, Suta, Caga, and Paññā.
Left three options:
Tusita, Catumaharajikā, or Tavatimsa.
Now I like the Tusita heaven but when I tried to settle my mind on it, it is quite difficult to recollect it. For both Tavatimsa and Catumaharajikā realms, it is very easy to make relations and recollections, very easy to establish the mind on these realms especially during my Devatanussati meditation session. Yet, the realms there are not really peaceful, having political struggles, too much pleasure, coarse faculties’ experience much like us human. It is quite difficult to progress as I have worries at such things. But it is quite encouraging too as I read that there are many Sotapannas in those two realms, such as Sakka Devaraja, Vessavana Maharaja, Javanasabha, Suciloma, etc. (which most probably they are still living there and remember what Buddha taught too).
Anyone here read Saṅkhārupapattisutta?