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Itv 83 Pubbanimitta Sutta: Omens

The Buddha explains the signs before a god is about to pass away from heaven, and what other gods say to encourage him.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, when a god is about to pass away from the company of gods, five omens appear: his flower garlands wither, his clothes become soiled, sweat comes out of his armpits, his bodily […]

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Vv 1.1 Paṭhama Pīṭha Sutta: Throne Mansion

Arahant Moggallana asks a deva about previous good karma.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, you are sitting on a golden throne. It flies wherever you want, and as quickly as you want it to. You are beautifully dressed, wearing garlands of flowers, and you are radiant, like lightning shining through the clouds. What kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the […]

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Vv 1.3 Tatiya Pīṭha Sutta: Third Throne Mansion

Even offering a simple thing to the Sangha can give great results.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, you are sitting on a golden throne. It flies wherever you want, and as quickly as you want it to. You are beautifully dressed, wearing garlands of flowers, and you are radiant, like lightning shining through the clouds. What kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the […]

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Vv 2.2 Lakhumā Sutta: Lakhuma’s Mansion

A deva explains how she attained the fruit of once returner.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, you are in this Cittalata Park surrounded by many goddesses as if you were the god Sakka. Your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi. What are the meritorious deeds that led to this happiness? Tell me Devata, what kind of meritorious actions did you do when you […]

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Vv 5.12 Tatiya Nāga Sutta: Third Elephant Mansion

A man questions a deva on how he gained a divine white elephant.

Man: Dear Deva, your divine elephant is all white. You are entertained with sweet music. Who are you, traveling on that white elephant in the sky? Are you a god, or a heavenly musician, or the god Sakka? We do not know who you are. We ask you. Tell us the answer. Deva: I am […]