santa100 wrote:Since a Deva is a highly evolved being with intellectual ability equal or greater than humans, they should be capable of attaining enlightenment just like humans. The only thing is that the Deva realms are blessed with so much beautiful and pleasant things, (unlike human realm where there's a more "balanced" mix of blessing and suffering), if Devas are not heedful, they'd tend to indulge in their own blessings instead of continueing with their Dhamma practice. This would be a big hindrance to the progress toward enlightenment. It's also similar to us humans, when an individual is blessed with so many things: beauty, wealth, fame, health, etc.. he/she would tend to indulge in those things and forget to practice the Dhamma, thus not able to make any progress on the Path..
Thanks satan... uhm... santa,
yes, I have heard that before from various teachers, understand it and it sounds absolutely logical to me.
Is there any text in the canon/suttas describing this very circumstance?
"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as concentration, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps unification is a better rendition, as samadhi means to bring together. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It's a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience." - Bhikkhu Anālayo