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requesting help from devas

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:00 am

how is this done? i see people talk about not relying on devas etc, but never have i been taught, outside of a christian perspective, how to actually ask a deva for help or whatever it is that is done. is there a sutta that talks about this? or was this just some common indian practice? is it just a matter of plopping some food in front of a statue and making a wish?
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: requesting help from devas

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Re: requesting help from devas

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:07 am

Greetings,

But would they still be devas 2500ish years on?

They could have been George W Bush by now... :thinking:

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Re: requesting help from devas

Postby Ben » Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:52 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: requesting help from devas

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Re: requesting help from devas

Postby Nadi » Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:56 pm

Thank you Bhante, that is an interesting sutta.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I have heard that we can offer the merits of our practice (keeping the precepts, meditation etc.) to the devas, and they will help us when we are facing danger.

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Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Mar 22, 2009 4:27 am

thanks a lot
very interesting stuff
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat

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Re: requesting help from devas

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:57 pm

Here is an interesting perspective from Ven. Dhammika, which happens to coincide with the timing of this thread and subject:

http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/ March 22, 2009 blog post
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