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Sattāvāsa: Nava sattāvāsa: '9 abodes of beings'. In the sutta-texts e.g. D. 33; A.IX, 24 9 such abodes are mentioned:

There are, o Bhikkhus, 9 abodes of beings, namely:

  1. There are beings who are different in body and different in perception, such as the human beings, some divine beings, and some beings living in the world of suffering vinipātika.
  2. There are beings who are different in body but equal in perception, such as the first-born gods of the Brahma-world i.e. at the beginning of each new world-construction; s. deva II.
  3. There are beings who are equal in body but different in perception, such as the Radiant Gods ābhassara see: deva II.
  4. There are beings who are equal in body and equal in perception, such as the All-Illuminating Gods subha-kinha see: deva.
  5. There are beings without perception and feeling, such as the unconscious beings asañña-satta.
  6. There are beings who, through the complete overcoming of perceptions of matter rūpa-sañña the disappearance of perceptions of sense-reaction patigha-sañña, and the non-attention to perceptions of variety thinking: 'Infinite is space', are reborn in the sphere of buundless space see: deva III; Jhanas.
  7. There are beings who, through the complete overcoming of the sphere of Infinite space, thinking: 'Infinite is consciousness', are reborn in the sphere of Infinite consciousness see: jhāna 6.
  8. There are beings who, through the complete overcoming of the sphere of Infinite consciousness, thinking: 'Nothing is there, are reborn in the sphere of nothingness see: jhāna 7.
  9. There are beings who, through the complete overcoming of the sphere of nothingness, are reborn in the sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception see: jhāna 8; A. IX, 24.

According to the Com. to A., the beings of the Pure Abodes suddhāvāsa are not mentioned here, for the reason that they exist only in those world-periods in which Buddhas appear. Cf. viññāna-tthiti.

References

Maha Thera Nyanatiloka. Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines, Buddhist Publication Society, first edition 1952.

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