Devas' Reproduction

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Upasaka Sumana
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Devas' Reproduction

Postby Upasaka Sumana » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:06 pm

I'm curious as to how beings in the heavenly, hell, and hungry ghost realms procreate.
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Re: Devas' Reproduction

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:28 pm

I think most (all?) devas are born spontaneously, no procreation, just appearing in a deva realm according to their kamma instantly after the death in their previous life.

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Re: Devas' Reproduction

Postby Chula » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:43 pm

Yes devas (and actually beings reborn in hell) are born spontaneously. This type of rebirth is called opapātika and is part of right view with effluents (mundane):

"atthi sattā opapātikā"
"There are spontaneously reborn beings"
MN 117: Mahācattārīsaka Sutta

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