Types Of Devas: 1 definition


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The devas fall into three classes depending upon which of the three dhatus, or "realms" of the universe they are born in.

1. The devas of the Arupyadhatu have no physical form or location, and they dwell in meditation on formless subjects. They achieve this by attaining advanced meditational levels in another life. They do not interact with the rest of the universe.

2. The devas of the Rupadhatu have physical forms, but are sexless and passionless. They live in a large number of "heavens" or deva worlds that rise, layer on layer, above the earth. These can be divided into five main groups:

  • The Suddhavasa
  • The Brhatphala
  • The Subhakrtsna
  • The Abhasvara
  • The Brahma

3. The devas of the Kamadhatu have physical forms similar to, but larger than, those of humans. They lead the same sort of lives that humans do, though they are longer lived and generally more content; indeed sometimes they are immersed in pleasures. This is the realm that Mara has greatest influence over.

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