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In some realms there are some beings who are not aware of their own existence (Some place in Brahma realm). How do their aggregates work when they themselves aren't aware of their existence? Unconscious beings (asannasatta) has consciousness suppressed temporarily until their life span ends. Due to this they cannot be aware of anything including themselves. ...


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I always use "angel" to refer to devas, and "god" to refer to brahmas; though the terms have a different connotation in Judeo-Christian tradition, the relationship the terms have with each other is similar, since devas are really just angelic, whereas brahmas are in a sense godlike.


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It's safest to leave them in the Pali or Sanskrit. Angels sounds very Christian. It creates a "don't think about polar bears" situation to hear these Christian words. If you try not to think about polar bears, all you can think about is polar bears. If you hear the word Angel and try not think about guys with wings that do Gods bidding and sometimes rebel ...


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When other lower realms collapse the inhabitants are push to the existing realms of which Ābhassara World is one last standing, hence nearly every one in a collapsing universe ends up in this plane in the universe with an exception of a few who might be thrown into parallel universes 10,000 world system away. But also if you cling on to false view then ...


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Everything is impermanent. What the Brahma enjoys is the Pala or fruit. The fruit of any Karma including that arising from developing the Jhanas also passes after sometime. If you develop the Jhanas they also have a finite duration which you can have them before you loose them. The duration can vary based on past pratice, but as always finite. As in many ...


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"[...] This also means that this person loses his personhood (although this personhood is impermanent and is part of dukkha)." I wouldn't say "loses". It may be worth reminding that Nirvana should not be considered annihilation. Complementing: Bhikkhus, it is impossible that a bhikkhu who considers nibbāna to be suffering will possess a conviction in ...


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In Buddhism, "Brahmā" is a type of deva. (In Hinduism, Brahmā is the creator god, see also Brahman.) Some online references to descriptions of the Buddhist "Brahmā" include: Brahmā (Buddhism) (Wikipedia) The Glossary of Pali terms on the 'Buddha Vacana' web site: Brahmā: is the supreme divinity of ancient brahmanism, considered as the ...


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The Sutta Nipata source is Sn-A 3.10: Roman Pali: http://tipitaka.org/romn/cscd/s0505a.att2.xml Sinhalese Pali: http://tipitaka.org/sinh/cscd/s0505a.att2.xml The relevant passage is: Atha kho brahmā sahampatīti ko ayaṃ brahmā, kasmā ca bhagavantaṃ upasaṅkamitvā etadavocāti? Ayaṃ kassapassa bhagavato sāsane sahako nāma bhikkhu anāgāmī hutvā suddhāvāsesu ...


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Your own thorough practice of Metta is your best protection. Being reborn in a God realm is not the goal in Dharma Practice. Leaving Samsara is the initial goal, and Buddhahood is the Ultimate Goal. Gods and Devas also are within the rounds of Samsara. As beings who take rebirth in the God realm also eventually have to leave that realm when their karma for ...


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"Of course, this is still impermanent and part of dukkha, but one could keep trying over and over to be reborn again and again in the Brahma realms." - Well, but it's not completely under your control - it may well happen that when one falls from a Brahma Realm and is reborn in a lower - one forgets about one's past life and one's bad karma having matured - ...


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Brahma in the rupa-loka have physical appearances. Brahma Sahampati resides in this in a rupa-loka. In arupa-loka you have no physical form and only one sense faculty which is the mind hence you might not know who else is around you in which case you may not need a name. But also it might be possible for you know though psychic abilities in which can you ...


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You linked to an answer in which you quoted the Buddha describing himself as "a Brahman" (not "the Brahma"): This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "I am a brahman, responsive to requests, etc. Wikipedia says they're different words with different meanings: Comparison of Brahma, Brahman, Brahmin and Brahmanas The version ...


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Two suttas come to mind. Assu Sutta (SN 15.3) At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. What do you think, monks: Which is greater, the tears you have shed while ...


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"he definitly gets his rebirth at a Brahma world" I would not speculate such in a linear manner. It's not sure when fruits are actually ripen. As Upasaka Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena mentioned, it would need to be your passing awarness. In regard of why does one not stay at a level of merits: You could see it like having earned a lot of money. Once you ...


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31 planes of existence coming together is one universe. In each universe there is a Maha Brahma in each Brahma plane. ... a thousand brahmā worlds. ... According to the Abhidhamma there are infinite world systems. See: Abhidharmartha Pradipika By Amaradasa Rathnapala. Also see: The Buddhist Concept of World by Bhikkhu T. Seelananda and also this answer.


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The opposite is also true, selflessness, compassion, non-attachment, non-self are path to higher rebirth but also nibbanna. There're different gradations to the 31 planes of existence due to cultivation of various levels of Sila/Samadhi/Panna. It's not so much the difference between the path to Nibbana vs. higher planes but rather the level of intensity and ...


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Practicing Samatha meditations you reach higher realms. Practicing Vipassana meditation you reach Nibbana. Samath practice attenuates attachment aversion and ignorance. Vipassana practice fully eradicates the attachment aversion and ignorance.


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This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "I am a brahman, responsive to requests, open-handed, bearing my last body, an unsurpassed doctor & surgeon. You are my children, my sons, born from my mouth, born of the Dhamma, created by the Dhamma, heirs to the Dhamma, not heirs in material things. I believe the Buddha described ...


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The Buddha in Iti 100 (quoted below) calls himself a brahman or brahmin (caste), and not a Brahma (god). The bhikkhus are like his sons, born from his mouth, born of the Dhamma and are heirs of the Dhamma. The Buddha here means that he is their teacher and they have become bhikkhus because of him and the Dhamma. The bhikkhus must also carry on learning and ...


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According to the Dona Sutta (quoted below), the Buddha does not play any role like a creator or sustainer or even as a creature in the universe. He is simply awake. "When asked, 'Are you a deva?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a deva.' When asked, 'Are you a gandhabba?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a gandhabba.' When asked, 'Are you a ...


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The Buddha is one who discovers the 4 Noble Truths with one's own efforts unguided by a teacher or previous teachings. The Buddha does not create any creatures or the universe. Creatures and the universe is created by cause and effect. This is a self-sustaining law this does not need a lawgiver or mediator.


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Many years ago I heard a dhamma talk about the contracting universe and recall the person saying that beings are either born in the formless worlds or born with consciousness bound to the heat element (an infinitesimal painful experience). Can't recall the source.


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@Theravada… as per the Dhamma chakka pawaththana Suttta, there are altogether 22 levels of Heavens. The first seven levels are for Davas who are not freed from attachment to sensual worlds (kamaloka). Bhummattha devas.. Cātummahārājika devas.... Tāvatiṃsa,.... Yāma,.... Tusita,.. Nimmānaratī, .... Paranimmitavasavattī.... are those seven. The next 15 ...


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