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Life as a deva

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Life as a deva

Postby Lazy_eye » Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:47 am

All,

Could someone point me to some sutta (or commentarial) passages where the bliss of heavenly existence is described in detail? (the more sumptuous the better).

Also, I remember it being said that devas start to waver and flicker as they approach the end of their lifespans. Does anyone happen to know where this is said?

Thanks :)

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby hanzze_ » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:03 am

No, you might find it as a adequate aim for this live again and do to strive for higher. :tongue: Not less devas end up in hell again. Can't you remember?

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby cooran » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:37 am

Maybe these are a beginning:

Pages 36 to 39 Kama Loka here: The Thirty One Planes of Existence by Ven. Suvanna Mahathera
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/allexistence.pdf

AN 8.43 Visakhuposatha Sutta: The Discourse to Visakha on the Uposatha with the Eight Practices translated from the Pali by Bhikkhu Khantipalo (Scroll down to after the eighth practice)
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .khan.html

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby manas » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:55 am

Hi Lazy_Eye,

ATI have a great chart with links etc here:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

And here is a sutta that describes the difference between an 'educated disciple of the noble ones' and an 'uneducated run-of-the-mill person' regarding what happens to them when their stay in a Brahma realm ends. Kind of has the effect of increasing one's sense of spiritual urgency to reach stream-entry in this very lifetime, methinks: :thinking:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html

:anjali:
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby Lazy_eye » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:20 am

Thanks for the links and info.

I should clarify, perhaps, that I'm asking this for scholarly purposes rather than because I aspire to heavenly luxuries...I'm interested in knowing where in the literature we can find detailed descriptions of the particular kinds of blissful experiences which the devas enjoy.

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby Hanzze » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:30 am

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby rowboat » Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:44 am

Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
Ud 5.5

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby Son » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:05 pm

A seed sleeps in soil.
It's cold and alone, hopeless.
Until it blooms above.

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Re: Life as a deva

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:00 am

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_


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