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|The great diversity of "devas" (fairies) as envisioned and represented by fairies by Sir Joseph Noel Paton "The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania" (wiki/Google Art Project)|
|A Cantina where a cross section of odd space aliens assemble as they fly about (Star Wars).|
The Great Assembly
|Devas love big gatherings!|
- SUMMARY: The Great Assembly Discourse that takes place in the Great Wood a virgin forest near reached from the edge of Kapilavastu (in what is now Afghanistan, where the Buddha grew up) to the Himālaya (a portion of the range called the Hindu Kush) on one side and to the sea on the other (MA.i.298, 449). In this wood was preached the Great Assembly Sutra and the Madhupindika Sutta.
Then to four devas from the Pure Abodes (Suddhavasa) of the Brahma World, this thought occurred: "The Blessed One is living in the Great Wood near the city of Kapilavastu [the Buddha's hometown] in the province of the Sakyans with a great retinue of monastics, all of them fully enlightened beings, a great multitude.
- This is an extraordinary back story because it is said that the Pure Abodes are worlds for "nonreturners," reborn in five unique worlds in space or another dimension of some kind. Technically "returning" means rebirth, which is to say one no longer takes rebirth in any lower world. But it is generally believed that while no one but nonreturners and arhats reside in those rarefied worlds, no one leaves. But here these fortunate devas beings elect to leave to visit a buddha and an assembly of fully enlightened disciples (arhats).
|Deva goddess (devi), nymph, dryad (Emilie Johnson)|
Then those devas, as quickly as a strong person might stretch out an arm or bend an outstretched arm, vanished from the Pure Abodes and appeared before the Blessed One. They saluted him and stood respectfully to one side. Standing in his presence one of the devas recited this stanza:
Then another deva recited this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:
|More deva than human: Amber Heard|
Then another deva recited this stanza in the presence of the Blessed One:
The Buddha names the "others"
|The Buddha addresses the assembled arhat nuns and monks.|
"Often, disciples, devas from the ten world-systems foregather to see the Tathagata (the Wayfarer, the Buddha) and the monastic community. Devas have assembled before the consummate (arhat), supreme buddhas of the past. Devas will appear before the consummate, supreme buddhas of the future as they assemble now before me.
"I will tell you, disciples, the names of the host of devas; I will reveal the names of the host of devas. Listen, pay attention, and I will speak." "Yes, venerable sir," replied the assembled disciples by way of assent. Then the Blessed One said :
|The Buddha and arhat disicples assembled.|
7. Knowing that there were in the forest, near the city of Kapilavastu (Pali Kapilavatthu), a great multitude of disciples, delighted in the word of the Buddha, the Master thereupon addressed them:
8. "Disciples, hosts of devas have assembled. Do know them well." And they (the disciples) hearing the word (the dispensation or sasanam) of the Buddha, strove ardently (to know-and-see them).
9. There arose in them knowledge of [psychically] perceiving the non-humans. Some saw 100, some 1,000 non-humans (devas and brahmas), and others 70,000 non-humans.
10. Some saw one 100,000 non-humans; others saw countless numbers, every quarter being filled with them.
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11. Thereupon the [All] Seeing One (the Buddha) knowing all things through super-knowledge [superhuman faculty developed to the highest degree], addressed the disciples [as they] delighted in the word of the Buddha:
12. "Disciples, host of devas have assembled. I will announce them to you in words and in due order. Know them.
13. "Seven-thousand terrestrial yakkhas  of Kapilavastu possessed of supernormal powers (iddhi), radiant, comely, and followed by a retinue of attendants , have come rejoicing to the forest to see  the assembly of (arhat) disciples.
|A celestial yakha (yaksha, "ogre" or "demon"), Alavaka, is tamed by the Buddha.|
14. "Six-thousand yakkhas from the Himalayan mountains, diverse in hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and followed by a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to this forest to see the assembly of disciples.
15. "Three thousand yakkhas from Sata's Mountain (Satagira), diverse in hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and followed by a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
16. "Thus 16,000 yakkhas, diverse in hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and followed by a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
17. "Five-hundred yakkhas from Vessamitta's Mountain, diverse in hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and followed by a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
18. "Kumbhira of Rajagala town, having his dwelling on Vepulla's Mountain, with more than a 100,000 yakkhas in his train, has come to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
The "angels" all around
|Earth has a diversity of beings in form and thinking unlike most conformist worlds (Stories).|
|Angelic deva (Sophie Anderson)|
- The Four Great Kings: Dhatarattha, Virulha, Virupakkha, Kuvera
|"Ballsy" pot-bellied beings|
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23-24. "Virupakkha, King of the West, overseer of the Western Quarter, and Chief of the Nagas [great creatures, in some cases reptilians, dragons, serpents], followed by a retinue of attendants, and with his many mighty offspring, Inda their names, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, has come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
25-26. "Kuvera, King of the North, overseer of the Northern Quarter, and Chief of the Yakkhas [space ogres, Chewbacca-style, Almas, Big Foot, Sasquatch, demons, rakshasas, a broad class of nature spirits], followed by a retinue of attendants, and with his many mighty offspring, Inda their names, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, has come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
|Southeast Asia bas relief: Sakka King of the Devas stirs the milky galaxy, vies with titans|
27-28. "Dhatarattha over the East, to the South Virulhaka, Westward Virupakkha, Kuvera over the North -- these Four Great Kings stood illuminating the four quarters of the forest in the vicinity of Kapilavastu.
29. "With them came their crafty, deceitful, cunning slaves (servants): enticing Kutendu, Vetendu, Vitucca, and Vituda.
|The deva hosts, aliens and UFOs represented in Catholicism as a "Legion of Mary"|
31. "Citta and Sena, the gandhabbas, Nala (Kara), Janesabha (Janavasabha) and Pañcasikha, the devas, Timbaru, the gandhabba, and Suriyavaccasa (the daughter of Timbaru) also came.
32. "Along with these (gandhabba) kings, other gandhabba kings too, have come rejoicing with each other to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
33. "Then came the (divine) nagas of the (Lake Nabhasa), those of the naga realm Visali together with the nagas named Tacchaka. There also came nagas of Kambala and Assatara and Payaga accompanied by their relatives.
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34. "Nagas from Yamuna, and those of the race of Dhatarattha came with their retinue of attendants, and Eravana, the great naga too, came to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
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36. "At that time the naga king (with other nagas) were free from fear. The Buddha vouchsafed his protection to the dragons (nagas) from the harpies (suppana). Entreating one another with gentle words, the nagas and suppanas sought guidance from the Buddha.
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|Asuras or titans once lived in Sakka's world.|
38. "The terrible Kalakanjas, the Danaveghasas, Vepacitti, Sucitti, and Paharada -- all asuras have also come with Namuci (the Vasavatti Mara, the 'Evil One,' a kind of Cupid).
|The titans (asuras) still live where this sutra took place, shown here as the founder of Zoroastrianism and Central Asian giants with a tiny ~6 foot Westerner for comparison (Zartosht/wiki; see more real life examples from Steve Quayle).|
39. "Hundreds of the offspring of Bali, all of them named after Veroca (their uncle Rahu), with an armed host of warriors, approached Rahu (Asurendra, a lord of asuras), and said: 'Lord, it is time to go to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.'
40. "The devas Apo and Pathavi, Tejo, and Vayo  have also come to the forest and the devas Varuna, Varuna, and Soma with Yasa.
41-42. "There also came the devas Metta-kayika and Karunakayika  followed by their attendants. These ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
43. "The devas Venhu, Sahali, Asama, the two Yama(ka), and those who attend on the Moon god (deva) came preceded by him.
|Catholic Sakka: St. Michael, Archangel|
45. "Also came Sakka, the Chief of Devas, who is also called Vasava and Purindada. Also those ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
47. "Then too, came the deva Sahabhu, shining like a brilliant flame, the devas Aritthaka, Roja, and Ummapupphanibha.
48-49. "There came also the devas Varuna Sahadhamma, Accuta and Anojaka, Suleyya, Rucira, and Vasavanesi. All those ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
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51. "Then came the devas Hari, those of Lohita, Paraga, and Maha-Paraga with their retinue of attendants.
52. "All those ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
53. "There also came the devas Sukha, Karumha, Aruna with Veghanasa. The deva Odatagayha, Pamokkha, and Vicakkhana also came.
|Yakkhas are titans, giants (flickr)|
55. "All these ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
56. "The devas Khemiya, Tusita, Yama, the mighty Katthaka, Lambhitaka, Lamasettha, Joti, and Asava also came.
57-58. "There also came the devas Nimmanarati, and Paranimmita (Vasavatthi). All these ten groups of devas of diverse hue, possessed of supernormal power, radiant, comely, and with a retinue of attendants, have come rejoicing to the forest to see the assembly of disciples.
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59. "These 60 (six of ten groups, indicated in the order of Apo deva, etc.) devas of diverse hue, according to their name and class, have come with others (similar in name and class).
60. (These devas came saying:) "'Let us see (the Sangha, the fully enlightened disciples), who have outlived birth, who have removed the stakes (of lust, hate, and delusion), who have crossed the four currents or streams (of sense-pleasures, becoming, wrong views, and ignorance) , free from taints (asavas). (Let us also see the Buddha) who has crossed the streams, who is called naga (in the sense of one who does not harm) , and shines like the unclouded moon.'
61. "The brahmas Subrahma and Paramatta, came (with other brahmas) who are possessed of supernormal power, and offspring (disciples of the Buddha). The brahmas Sanankumara and Tissa also came to the forest (to see the assembly of disciples).
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64. "When all of the devas headed by Inda (Sakka) and all of the brahmas headed by Haritta had come, there came the army of Mara. Lo! The folly of Mara, the Murky One (Kanha) .
|Mara is more Cupid than Satan, greedy not angry|
66-67. "Mara, striking the Earth with his palm and thereby producing a dreadful sound as when a storm cloud thunders and causes lightning during rainy season, sent his black army into the midst of the devas. Nevertheless, unable to bring the devas under his sway, he filled with anger. He recoiled.
68. "Then the All Seeing One (the Buddha), knowing perfectly well what had transpired, addressed his disciples who take delight in the word of the Buddha.
69. "Disciples, the army of Mara have come (and gone). Know them (beware of them).' And they (non-enlightened) hearing the word of the Buddha, strove (to gain enlightenment and liberation) from their defilements. (From the passion-free arhats) the army of Mara has departed; even so much as a hair in them (arhats) was not affected.
70. "All of those disciples are victors in the war of passions; they are freed from fear, glorious, and renowned among humankind. They live rejoicing with noble (arya) disciples." (Praising thus Mara departed).
- 1. Aparajita, because they are arahants, the Consummate Ones, who have overcome all defilements.
- 2. Tatra in the text means "there," but the preceding stanza has imam "this (assembly)," and the devas are already in the presence of the Blessed One; so the rendering "in this."
- 3. The word naga admits of dual meaning. It can mean a very large creature, such as an elephant or python, or it can mean an arhat (a fully enlightened being). An elephant is physically steadfast, whereas an arhat can be referred to as one who is mentally steadfast. Faultless: does no intentional harm. Na hi agum karoti so vide Theragatha, No. 692, cf. Sutta-Nipata, Stanza 522.
- 4. In most of the protective chant (paritta) books the numbering of stanzas is not consecutive. But I have adopted a consecutive method.
- 5. Akkhara pada niyamitam vacanam (Commentary)
- 6. Yakkha here used in the sense of devas.
- 7. Parivara sampanna (Commentary).
- 8. Bhikkhu das anatthaya agata, (Commentary). This meaning is clear from the words dakkhitaya ("to see") Stanza No.1, dakkhema ("shall see") No. 60.
- 9. Twice-born is a reference to birds since they first come out as an egg, which when hatched is born again as a complete bird.
- 10. Vajirahattha and Vasavassa are other names for Sakka, the Chief of Devas.
- 11. The devas born in brahma-world by practicing the kasina, disk devices used for concentration, namely: the water (apo) disk (kasina), the earth (pathavi) disk, the fire (tejo) disk, and the air (vayo) disk.
- 12. The devas who have developed mental absorption (jhana) by practicing loving-kindness and compassion (metta and karuna, two of the Four Sublime States (Brahma-viharas).
- 13. Four floods or inundations: kama-ogha, bhava-ogha, ditthi-ogha, avijja-ogha (flood of sensuality, flood of becoming, flood of views, flood of ignorance).
- 14. See Note 3.
- 15. Kanha is another a name for Mara.
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