Planes of Existence and the Corresponding Meditative States

Planes of Existence and the Corresponding Meditative States

Arupa-Loka (Formless Realms)

The immaterial or formless sphere (arupa loka) contains 4 planes into which beings are born on account of attaining the Four Formless Jhana. The inhabitants of those realms are possessed totally of thoughts. Having no bodily type or location, they’re unable to listen to Dhamma teachings. They obtain this by attaining the formless jhana ranges in a earlier life, and now enjoys the fruits of the good karma of that accomplishment for a time frame earlier than rebirth in a lower plane once more. They don’t work together with the remainder of the universe.

Sphere of Neither Perception Nor Non Perception (nevasannanasannayatanupaga deva) –   The beings on this plane solely have thoughts and no bodily body. They are unable to listen to Dhamma . In this sphere the formless beings don’t interact in “perception”.

Sphere of Nothingness (akincannayatanupaga deva) – Rebirth on this plane is a results of attaining the third formless jhana in a earlier life.  This is taken into account a type of notion, although a really refined one.

The Sphere of Infinite Consciousness (vinnanancayatanupaga deva) – Rebirth on this plane is a results of attaining the second formless jhana.

Sphere of Infinite Space (akasanancayatanupaga deva) – Rebirth on this plane is a results of attaining the primary formless jhana.

Rupa-Loka (Fine-Material World)

The fantastic materials sphere (rupa-loka) consists of sixteen planes. Beings take rebirth into these planes on account of attaining the shape jhanas. They have our bodies made from fantastic matter. The sixteen planes correspond to the attainment of the 4 jhanas.   The our bodies of Form realm beings should not have sexual distinctions. Like the beings of the Arupa-loka, the dwellers within the Rupa-loka have minds similar to the Jhanas.  In their case it’s the first 4 jhanas .

Related Sutta : Jhana Sutta

Pure Abodes (Suddhavasa)

The Pure Abodes, are distinct from the opposite worlds of the Rupa-loka in that they don’t home beings who’ve been born there by means of strange advantage or meditative attainments. Birth in these 5 realms are a results of attaining the fruit of non-returning or, the third stage of enlightenment. These Pure Abodes are accessible solely to those that have destroyed the decrease 5 fetters include self-view, doubt, clinging to rites and ceremonies, sense wishes, and ill-will. They will destroy their remaining fetters of yearning for fantastic materials existence, yearning for immaterial existence,conceit, restlessness and ignorance  throughout their existence within the Pure Abodes. Those who take rebirth listed here are referred to as “non-returners” as a result of they don’t return from that world, however attain last nibbana there with out coming again.They guard and shield Buddhism on earth, and can move into enlightenment as Arhats after they move away from the Suddhavasa worlds. According to the Ayacana Sutta of the Samyutta Nikaya, amongst its inhabitants is Brahma Sahampati who begs the Buddha to show Dhamma to the world.

The 5 Pure Abodes:

Bṛhatphala Planes- These two realms are a results of  attaining the fourth jhana. They  stay within the tranquil state attained within the 4th Jhana, and is characterised by equanimity. One of them is the realm of senseless beings who’ve solely our bodies with out consciousness.

Śubhakṛtsna Planes- These three realms are a results of attaining the third jhana. The psychological state of the devas of those worlds corresponds to the third jhana, and is characterised by a quiet pleasure (sukha).  These devas have our bodies that radiate a gradual mild.

Ābhāsvara Planes- These three are a results of attaining the second jhana. The psychological state of the devas of this worlds corresponds to the second jhana, and is characterised by piti in addition to sukkha.

Brahmā Planes- The psychological state of the devas of the Brahmā worlds corresponds to the primary jhana.