The principal characteristic of this level of the heaven-world may be described as devotion expressing itself in active work.
It is especially the plane for the working out of great schemes and designs unrealised on earth, of great organisations inspired by religion and usually having for their object some philanthropic purpose.
It must, however, be noted that as we rise higher, greater complexities and varieties are introduced.
A few examples will clearly explain the nature and life on the third heaven or the fifth sub-plane.
A typical case was that of a deeply religious man who was found carrying out a grand scheme devised by himself for the upliftment of the poor.
The scheme comprised amalgamation of businesses in order to affect economies, high wages, the provision of cottages and profit sharing. He hoped that this demonstration of the practical side of Christianity would win over many to his own faith out of gratitude for the material benefits they had received.
A curious case of personal religious work was that of a nun. In her heaven, she was constantly occupied in feeding the hungry, healing the sick and helping the poor.
The peculiarity of each case being that each person treated by her changed into Christ, whom she then worshipped with fervent adoration. On this plane are found the higher type of sincere and devoted missionaries, engaged in the congenial occupation of converting multitudes of people to the particular religion which they advocated.
Also on this plane are found devotees of art, who follow it for its own sake or regard it as an offering to their deity.
Artists, who pursued art for the sake of fame and self-gratification, would of course not find their way to this plane at all.
On the other hand, those who regarded their faculty as a great power entrusted to them for the spiritual elevation of others would reach a heaven even higher than the present one.
One will perceive that the three lower heavens i.e., the first, second and third heavens are concerned with the working out of devotion to personalities, either to one’s family and friends, or a personal deity rather than the wider devotion to humanity for its own sake,
This as we shall see, finds its expression on the next sub-plane.
The article is taken from the book Life Beyond Death By Anil Sharma