Question: Are there times when hell doesn't exist at all? What tortures are there in hell exactly? Why doesn't someone stop them from happening? like we have laws here that stop people from hurting each other. If God or enlightened beings can do anything, why don't they establish everyone in a state of bliss?
Answer: Hell is an interesting topic. Hell Heaven and Everything is all a matter of dosage.
A person being force fed water or being waterboarded is in watery hell. A person getting a drink of water when thirsty is in heaven. A person dying of thirst is again hell. So hell is the extreme lack of or extreme overdose of anything. It could be matter or emotion. Hell is the degeneration of our two extreme natures: left and right. Heaven is in center. Those who are in one realm and not bothered by those in other realms. Eg, a person in the center is not invisible, however, he is never noticed by those who suffer and are agents of suffering on the extreme right or left channels.
Hell is maintained for the improvement and evolution of those who cannot hold on to the center, I think. So that those souls may appreciate the value of being centered. Those who yearn extremes of anything: intellect, religion, ritual, knowledge, wealth, power end up away from heaven, away from center. And by extreme - it could be both extremes. Those who extremely want anything in excess or want to totally rid of something. e.g. Both, those who do excessive spiritual studies and those who totally eliminate spiritual studies, both are extremes and away from the center. Both never find heavenly satisfaction.
I am too hoping to hang on to the center and stabilize there. Self-realization is finding the center. The hard part is staying there.
Three people could be standing in the same room, but their attention may be like pendulum, swinging from the hells of extremes and occasionally finding the center. Only silent meditation - no mantras, devices, guidance, prayer or ritual can help to stay in the center.
Hope this helps.