“Also, Shariputra, in Amideva’s Land of Ultimate Bliss, there is always heavenly music playing. Moreover, the ground is made of gold, and flower petals float down from the skies six times every day. Early every morning, the inhabitants gather the petals into their flower baskets and travel to ten trillion Pure Lands to offer them in worship to the Buddhas. Having become mealtime during this activity, they return in an instant to Ultimate Bliss, take their meal and then practice mindfulness by walking. Shariputra, the Land of Ultimate Bliss is an ideal environment to follow the Buddha path and awaken to enlightenment.
“Furthermore, Shariputra, in the Land of Ultimate Bliss there are various birds of brilliant coloring, such as white egrets, peacocks, parrots, sharikas, kalavinkas, and jivamjivakas. The birds sing six times a day in exquisite voices. Their very singing expresses Amideva’s teachings, such as the Five Roots of Goodness, the Five Powers, the Seven Factors of Enlightenment, and the Noble Eightfold Path. When the people of the Land of Ultimate Bliss hear the bird’s voices, all of their thoughts are dedicated to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
“Shariputra, do not assume that these were born as birds as a result of misdeeds in former lives. This is because in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, the three unfortunate realms of hell, hungry ghosts, and animals do not exist. Shariputra, you will not even hear the names of these three realms in the Land of Ultimate Bliss. How could it be said that one could fall into one of these unfortunate realms, when they do not in fact exist? Amideva manifested these birds so that they would transmit these teachings with their songs.
“Shariputra, in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, a pleasant breeze wafts, swaying the rows of trees colored with various jewels and waving the gauze curtains with little bells, stirring an exquisite melody. This is just as though hundreds of thousands of musical instruments were being played in unison. For all who hear this melody, their devotion to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha is spontaneously deepened. Shariputra, in this way the Land of Ultimate Bliss is an ideal environment so that whatever one hears will bring about awakening.
[from the Skt. (Smaller) Sukhavativyuha sutra, Ch. Amituo jing, Jp. Amida-kyo, based on the translation of Kumarajiva]