Paranimmita Vasavatti, Paranimmita-vasavattī: 1 definition


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In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

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Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

A class of devas, inhabitants of the highest stage of the sensuous universe (kama loka).

They are described (E.g., A.i.210, etc.; S.v.410, 423; D.ii.91; iii.218) as beings who desire the creation of others, in order to get them into their power.

The Commentary (DA.iii.1001; ItvA. 243 f.; see also MNidA.109; PSA.441; VibhA.519) explains that the objects of their desires are created by other devas who know their weakness, just as a cook, knowing the kings favourite dishes, will prepare them for him. It adds that, according to some authorities, their desires are fulfilled by a mere look, a smile, an embrace, but this statement is rejected by the ancient Commentary.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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