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Heavens

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The heavens of Material Realm, from low to high, are:

Primary Dhyana Heavens:

1)Brahma-parisadhya, the Heaven of Brahma's people;
2)Brahma-purohita, the Heaven of Brahma's high priests;
3)Maha-Brahman, Brahma's heaven. The Great Brahma King's dwelling;

Secondary Dhyana Heavens:

4)Paritta-abha, the Heaven of Lesser Light;
5)Apramana-abha, the Heaven of Infinite Light;
6)abhas-vara, the Heaven of the Most Brilliant Purity;

The Third Dhyana Heavens:

7)Paritta-subha, the Heaven of Lesser Purity;
8)Apramana-subha, the Heaven of Infinite Purity;
9)Subha-kritsna, the Heaven of Universal Purity;

The Fourth Dhyana Heavens:

10)Anabhraka, the Cloudless Heaven;
11)Punya-prasava, the Heaven of Merit Production;
12)Brihat-phala, the Heaven of Extensive Rewards;
13)Abriha, the heaven of no anxieties;
14)Atapa, the heaven without afflictions;
15)Sudrisa, the Heaven of Good Appearances;
16)Sudarsana, the Heaven of Good Sight;
17)Akanistha, the Heaven of Ultimate Form.
18)Aghanistham, the Heaven of harmonious tone
19)Maha-Mahesvara, Mahesvara's dwelling.


Brahma God is the ruler of our world, and Mahesvara is the ruler of the whole triple-realms. Their lifetimes are unimaginable long, thus many living beings believe that they are the creator, dominator, and terminator of the universe, and exist forever.

Source

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