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The Wheel of Life by ahermin The Wheel of Life by ahermin
Among Buddhists, all living beings are born into one of the six states of existence:
1. Beings in Hell The lowest and worst realm, wracked by torture and characterized by aggression.

2. Hungry Ghost The realm of hungry spirits; characterized by great craving and eternal starvation;

3. Animals The realm of animals and livestock, characterized by stupidity and servitude.

4. Asura The realm of anger, jealousy, and constant war; the Asura (Ashura) are demigods, semi-blessed beings; they are powerful, fierce and quarrelsome; like humans, they are partly good and partly evil. See Hachi Bushu (8 Legions) for details.

5. Humans The human realm; beings who are both good and evil; enlightenment is within their grasp, yet most are blinded and consumed by their desires.

6. Deva The realm of heavenly beings filled with pleasure; the deva hold godlike powers; some reign over celestial kingdoms; most live in delightful happiness and splendor; they live for countless ages, but even the Deva belong to the world of suffering (samsara) -- for their powers blind them to the world of suffering and fill them with pride -- and thus even the Deva grow old and die; some say that because their pleasure is greatest, so too is their misery.

All are trapped in this wheel of life, as the Tibetans call it. All beings within the six realms are doomed to death and rebirth in a recurring cycle over countless ages -- unless they can break free from desire and attain enlightenment. Further, upon death, all beings are reborn into a lower or a higher realm depending on their actions while still alive.
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redbirdmma98 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Perfect title. amazing creativity.
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franhp12 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Is gorgeous!
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kinkeedee67 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
love this 
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juleswhyman333 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017
Dear Hermin
I am a postgrad student looking to host a conference for 50 people on the theme of time and timelessness. Your image would be perfect for the conference booklet. Would you allow me to use it? Best wishes Jules 
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mystery-kitty-cat Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your illusion art is neat :)
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Beebessie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
I love it!
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Niftyfreelancer Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
beautiful :)
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josevazcosta Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Profound description/stunning image!
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Ladde1000 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Cool idea, awesomely executed.
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Krendavs Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
waaaoooow
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Schroe03 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Featured in [link] - LIFE
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BlueApplz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderfull!
I really love the atmosphere and the feeling it creates! :+fav:
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csibpip Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Wonderful pic!
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nikkiurs Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
cool
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Dolguldur Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Very poetic picture !
There is one child which is going to raise, one is getting down, and the third will stay still.
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MaVieDeBoulet Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Hello ! I love this photo :) I would use it on my blog with your name and a link (htt://maviedeboulet.wordpress.com) Is it possible ?
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pinkybrain007 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
amazing. briliant ideea :x:x
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Shiniisex Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
What else can i say other then AMAZING
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iistee Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Writer
This beautiful photo is a good analogy to samsara, very nice!
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Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Sorry for posting the old message! :)

Our compliments!
We would like to publish this work on the next issue of our italian art-zine named CAA -Chiamata alle Arti, num. 38 themed Bike.
thanks
The team

You can see all past editions here:
[link]
The deadline for this issue is the 15th of March, 2010.
send to: caa@psdrevolution.it
Your personal data:
- Name and/or nickname - Email and/or URL of your site
- your permission to use the images both for the use on the CAA and to advertize the CAA projects themselves.
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JPG, GIF and PNG or TIF, TGA, EPS, BMP, WMF, EMF compressed with ZIP or RAR (max 6 Mb).

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ahermin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Thank you for the renewed offer. From the reasons I stated in my previous answer, I am afraid I'll have to forfeit your proposal.

Wish you luck with the art-zine,

Hermin
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Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Our compliments!
We would like to publish this work on the next issue of our italian art-zine named CAA -Chiamata alle Arti, n. 37 themed Moonlight .
thanks
The team

You can see all past editions here:
[link]
The deadline for this issue is the 15th of January, 2010.
send to: caa@psdrevolution.it
Your personal data:
- Name and/or nickname - Email and/or URL of your site
- your permission to use the images both for the use on the CAA and to advertize the CAA projects themselves.
File types (no animation) at least 1800 pixels on longer side:
JPG, GIF and PNG or TIF, TGA, EPS, BMP, WMF, EMF compressed with ZIP or RAR (max 6 Mb).

more info: [link]
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ahermin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Dear "The team",
Please save for me some of the stuff that you are smoking. As I double-checked, today is February 3rd, 2010. I do not have (yet) the means to travel through time, so I will have to refuse your generous offer as it's deadline is January 15th.

Wish you luck in your endeavor at speeds faster than light,
Hermin

p.s. The masterpiece that you ask permission to use is however not related in any way to your theme, "moonlight". It is an obvious sunset light. Well, obvious for somebody that had not smoked pot, has basic photography knowledge and is over the age of 16. As I doubt you pass these three criteria, well I have to say "no" to your interesting proposal.
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Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Sorry, we made a mistake. Our next issue will be "Bike" and the deadline for this issue is the 15th of March 2010.
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pisces-art Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
great soot !! :)
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HikaruxChronus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
its fantastic!
I think its my favorite of all the photos I've seen in a long time :)
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave:
Your work has been featured in my journal! :heart:
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SMerle Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Photographer
love it!
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JullyFlint Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
aum shanti! :D
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seekingmysoul Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Beautiful and illuminating. Always enjoy your commentary.
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narare Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Fantastic work... ^^
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komate Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Like a spider net.
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Leoatcine Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   Photographer
AHERMIN IS BACK!!!!!!
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
This is soooo wonderful! great shot!!!! wow.
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Modernmilk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
great reading. the picture is just fucking incredible. you are quite brilliant :D
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paxdraconis Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
enjoyed the photo and the comments below, i learned something new.
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d4d0 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   Photographer
great foto
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Aartappel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Really Great :)
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MithriLady Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love the composition and the backlight contrast :love:
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Very beautiful! :+fav:
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Thaasophobia Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Beautiful!
I especially love the rays of light that can be seen coming out of the clouds.
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