Demons, and Divine Beings Exist?
genuinely interested friend asked regarding:
“I have difficulty in believing in ghosts & such
supernatural beings as divine devas...
I would appreciate your input on this and references to
"What the Buddha Said"
in the Suttas regarding this topic.”
Consciousness & its
are virtually unknown in the West hehehe...
Both neurologists and
seems to admit that, when calling it:
The hard problem:
Buddhists however have no problem whatsoever
with the phenomenon
of Consciousness! Why not: They know all about it from
inside out hihihi
No need for “debunking” anything here except
one's own folly and clinging to
conventional, yet almost
Can a child validate, confirm or reject anything correctly in
Obviously not so...Especially
not about something he has never seen, heard or
still not on that basis
ever conclude: “Such does not exist”...
Similar folly: It is like the man-blind-from-birth
absurdly & stubbornly postulating:
“The visible world, colours and forms do not exist...” which
and dogmatic false babble... Have you ever directly
experienced the radio-waves
from your mobile phone? If not, why don't you conclude:
"All wireless mobile
communication is impossible...!" Well, obviously, despite the
radio-waves, your mobile phone
DOES apparently indeed work
So also do devas & ghost indeed exist despite their apparent
Video on Buddhist
Cosmology, Reality, and Genesis:
Reg: Buddhist Canonical Corroboration:
A whole canonical Tipitaka book spoken by the Buddha,
Mahāmoggallāna & Sariputta
devoted to conversations with
ghosts and devas on what actions (kamma) brought
them to this respectively high and low level:
— Stories of the Celestial Divine Mansions
83 poems, each
explaining how wholesome deeds led to
a particular deity's rebirth
in one of the heavenly realms. Availability of English
Minor Anthologies IV: Vimanavatthu: Stories of the
Mansions, & Petavatthu,
I.B. Horner, trans. (Oxford:
Pali Text Society, 1974).
night the Buddhas always advice divine
deva=male and devata=female beings:
A whole Samyutta Nikaya Section is devoted these interesting
Regarding Classification of Devas (lit: shining ones)
Some divine devas and devatas look ~like this:
The Buddha shows
Sakka's divine nymphs to
Nanda to clear his amorous craving.
— Stories of the Hungry Ghosts
51 poems, each explaining how
unwholesome deeds led to the rebirth of a being
into the miserable realm of the "Hungry Ghosts" (peta).
Minor Anthologies (Vol IV) — Vimanavatthu: Stories of the
Petavatthu, I.B. Horner, trans. (Oxford:
Pali Text Society, 1974).
Some realistic imagery of the diversity of
complete book here (Excellently translated):
Minor Anthologies of the Pali Canon, Volume 4
Vimanavatthu (stories on the mansions) & Petavatthu (Stories
of The departed)
Translated by: I.B. Horner, H. S.
Gehman & N. A. Jayawickrama
Furthermore: On Buddhist Cosmology:
The 31 Planes of Existence:
of Hell, Ghost, Animal Human and Divine Samsara Levels:
Don't jump prematurely
into any conclusion here.
Do neither agree,
nor disagree but:
THOROUGHLY, REPEATEDLY, COMPLETELY!
is all about Yes? ;-)
Check it out!
Does one mentally
"paint"=conceptualize what one "sees" or what one
Observation induces the Object!