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Bṛhatphala deva

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Bṛhatphala deva; The Bṛhatphala devas remain in the tranquil state attained in the fourth dhyāna.

Bṛhatphala worlds with four parts:

- Asaññasatta (Vibhajyavāda tradition only): “unconscious beings”, devas who have attained a high dhyāna (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.

- Bṛhatphala Devas: “having great fruit”.

- Puṇyaprasava (Sarvāstivāda tradition only): the world of the devas who are the “offspring of merit”.

- Anabhraka (Sarvāstivāda tradition only): the world of the “cloudless” devas.

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