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Heaven of Great Brahma

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Heaven of Great Brahma
大梵天 ( Jpn Daibon-ten)

    Also, Great Brahma Heaven or Mahabrahman Heaven. In ancient Indian cosmology, the uppermost of the three realms of the first meditation heaven in the world of form. This heaven is the abode of the god Brahma and is located 10,160,000 yojanas above the summit of Mount Sumeru, or 10,240,000 yojanas above the surface of the sea. The three realms are all under the reign of the god Brahma, and therefore all generally called the Brahma Heaven. They are specifically called the Heaven of Brahma's Retiue, or the realm where the followers of Brahma dwell; the Heaven of Brahma's Aide, or the realm where Brahma's assistants such as ministers and high officials dwell; and the Heaven of Great Brahma, or the realm where the god Brahma himself lives. The Heaven of Brahma's Retinue is located 1,280,000 yojanas above the sixth or highest heaven of the world of desire. The sixth heaven is called the Heaven of Freely Enjoying Things Conjured by Others, and is where the devil king dwells. The Heaven of Brahma's Aide is 2,560,000 yojanas above the Heaven of Brahma's Retinue, and the Heaven of Great Brahmas 5,120,000 yojanas above the Heaven of Brahma's Aide.

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