Brhatphala Worlds: 1 definition


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The mental state of the devas of the Brhatphala worlds corresponds to the fourth dhyana, and is characterized by equanimity (upeksa). The Brhatphala worlds form the upper limit to the destruction of the universe by wind at the end of a mahakalpa (see Temporal cosmology below), that is, they are spared such destruction.

  • Asannasatta (Sanskrit: Asamjnasattva) (Vibhajyavada tradition only) and – "Unconscious beings", devas who have attained a high dhyana (similar to that of the Formless Realm), and, wishing to avoid the perils of perception, have achieved a state of non perception in which they endure for a time. After a while, however, perception arises again and they fall into a lower state.
  • Brhatphala or Vehapphala (Tib: bras.bu che) and – Devas "having great fruit". Their lifespan is 500 mahakalpas. (Vibhajyavada tradition). Some Anagamins are reborn here. The height of this world is 5,242,880 yojanas above the Earth.
  • Punyaprasava (Sarvastivada tradition only; Tib: bsod.nams skyes) and – The world of the devas who are the "offspring of merit". The height of this world is 2,621,440 yojanas above the Earth.
  • Anabhraka (Sarvastivada tradition only; Tib: and – The world of the "cloudless" devas. The height of this world is 1,310,720 yojanas above the Earth.

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