BORN IN HEAVENS
Sometimes I'm confusing about relationship in heavens whenever I post a story that Sakka had many wives..and when 2 devas disputed about the beautiful devi-Rohini who was reborn in Tavatimsa World..the 2 devas wanted to have devi-Rohini for himself...had to ask Sakka to decide who should has devi-Rohini...Finally Sakka said that devi-Rohini should be his(Sakka's)...very funny.. but that what was in the story!!I asked the Dhammapada expert, Dr.Han Tun(1 of my very best kalayanamittas)....and this is what he posted for me:
*************** In six deva realms there are males and females and there are husband and wife relationship. The Four Planes of Existence in Theravada Buddhism
[By Dr. Sunthorn Na-Rangsi,The Wheel Publication No. 462]http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh462.pdf Some Excerpts:
It is explained that all gods and goddesses in this heaven are always in their youthful stage of life.
No old age, sickness and disfigured parts of the body appear among them. Their foods are so subtle
that no excretions are produced from their bodies. Their birth in heaven is one of spontaneous
uprising (opapaatika), i.e., the being born in heaven spontaneously appears as a young man or woman. It should be mentioned here that not every god of this heaven has a palace or vimaana of his own.
Many gods were born here as personal attendants of other gods. It is said in the Paramatthajotikaa that if a new god or goddess is born on the lap of the owner of a palace, he or she will be regarded as the son or daughter of that god; if a goddess is born in his bed, she will be his wife; if a new god or goddess is born in the precinct of his palace, he or she will become his personal attendant. In some cases, if a new god or goddess is born in between the boundaries of two palaces, the owners of those palaces will try to possess that newcomer. If they cannot settle the dispute among themselves, they will approach King Sakka for necessary judgment. King Sakka will give his judgment according to the rules of heaven. According to the rules, if, at the beginning, a new god or goddess casts his or her eyes on any palace, he or she will be given to the owner of that palace, or otherwise he or she will be given to the owner of the palace which his or her birthplace is near. In some cases, the distance from the birthplace of the newcomer to both the palaces is equal and he or she does not particularly look at any palace. In a case such as this, King Sakka, in order to prevent a dispute among his citizens, will take for himself possession of the newcomer. His judgment is always deemed final in all cases. Here there is nothing to be said about the god who is born with his own vimaana, as he acquires an independent status from the beginning of his existence in the realm.
Dr.Han: Maybe, that is why many men want to be reborn as Sakka!
Yawares: Oh, I read that the great Upasika Visakha was reborn in Nimanarati Deva World as wife of Lord Sunimmanarati of the Fifth Heaven. And Upasika Sirima(attained Sotapatti Fruition) was reborn in Nimanarati World with her own bling-bling vimana !
----------- Dr.Han: But the life in Ruupa Brahma planes is different.
Life in the Brahma planes is subtler and happier than that of the sensual-plane heavens where sensual pleasures dominate. The differences between the beings in the sensual-plane and those in the Brahma planes are that the beings in the sensual-plane consist of two different sexes—male and female—while no differences in sex appear among the beings in the Brahma planes of form.
Happiness in the Brahma planes is without, and superior to, sexual delight. The reason for this is that the ruupaavacara beings' feeling of sensual pleasures in which sexual enjoyment plays the dominant role has been absolutely eliminated when they were human beings. This eventually leads to the disappearance of the sex organs since they haven't any function for the beings in these planes. It is said, however, that although the beings of the ruupaavacara heaven possess no sex, their physical appearance is of human male predominance.
I wish to have my own beautiful celestial vimana/beautiful celestial garden/celestial swimming pool