Viriya wrote:We hear a lot about interactions between humans and devas and humans and ghosts...especially in the Thai Forest tradition.
In summary, Ãcariya Mun stayed continuously in the area around
Ban Huay Kaen, Ban Na Sinuan, Ban Khok, and Ban Na Mon in the
Tong Khop district of Sakon Nakhon province for three successive years,
including three rainy season retreats. As usual he taught the nonphysical
beings who contacted him, though fewer devas came in Sakon Nakhon
and their visits were far less frequent than those of devas in Chiang
Mai. It was probably because the region was less remote, and thus less
secluded. They tended to come only on religious festival days, such as
Mãgha Pýjã, Visãkha Pýjã and the observance days at the beginning,
the middle, and the end of the rains retreat. Other than that, relatively
few devas came to visit him.
Paññāsikhara wrote:May wish to recall that in Indian Buddhism, the category of "asuras" was a disputed topic, as to whether or not they constituted a distinct "type" of existence or not, ie. 5 types or 6.
Note, too, the name "asura" is the opposite of "sura", which is a synonym for deva in many cases. In other words, some would consider them the same type, just of rather different personal disposition.
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