Are Buddhist Gandharvas Advanced Extraterrestrials?

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In Buddhist mythology, there are multiple levels of realms. The lowest realms are known as hells. Following up, we reach the animal realm, the human realm, and then several heavenly realms. Together, these all make up the cycle of Samsara. An enlightened being, a Buddha, transcends this cycle and reaches Nirvana which is beyond the entire cycle.

In Buddhism, gods, angels, humans, animals, and demons are all on a path toward an enlightened state. All are caught in this Samsara cycle and all are subject to move up or down through the realms based on their “merit.”

Among the beings that inhabit the heavenly realms are devas. Deva is usually interpreted as angel in English, though the meanings are not precisely synonymous. There are many types of devas that live in the various heavenly realms.

Devas often appeared to the Buddha in the hours between 10 pm and 2 am (after most the monks had retired) for teaching in the Dharma.

There’s a famous story of some Devas appearing to the Buddha early in his ministry. These devas were beings of light and illuminated the whole grove like daylight. They observed the Buddha meditating and immediately noticed there was something different about him.

They approached and one of them asked whether the Buddha, “Are you god?”
“No,” replied the Buddha, “I am no god.”
“Then you must be a deva from the highest realms of heaven.”
“No,” replied the Buddha, “I am no deva.”
“Surely,” said a third deva, “a being such as yourself cannot be a lowly human.”
“No,” replied the Buddha. “I am not human.”
The devas were perplexed, “If you’re not a god, not a deva, and not a human, what are you?
“I am awake,” replied the Buddha.

The lowest form of deva is known as a Gandharva. In Buddhist cosmology, these beings inhabit the lowest heaven known as The Heaven of the Four Great Kings.

These beings live extremely long lives. The texts generally describe their years as coinciding with 50-100 human years. Their lifespans are placed at from 90,000 human years to as much as 80 million earth years. Here are some of the characteristics the Buddha attributed to them in the texts.

  • The Buddha first observed devas (including Gandharvas) prior to his enlightenment as undefined lights or orbs. After attaining enlightenment, the images clarified into beings in the various heavenly realms.
  • Only visible to enlightened beings unless they choose to take form. They can materialize and dematerilize visibly.
  • They were described as a race of demigods.
  • Ghandharvas have a humanoid form.
  • They can consume food, but don’t need it.
  • They were known as amazing musicians.
  • They interact with humans more than other kinds of devas. Devas in the higher heavens live lavish, beautiful lives and they aren’t much interested in humans.
  • Gandharvas cruise around in aerial craft and enjoy going very fast. Buddha described their craft as “vehicles fit for gods.”
  • Some travel in “floating cities” or “celestial palaces.” They were described as being miles long.

Could these massive floating palaces be related to the massive UFOs people witness today?

Never stop seeking!

Ray

anunnaki_cover_full_colorRay Davis is an author, thinker, and advocate for human potential. He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series. Signed copies of Book 1, Revelation, are now available within the U.S. from his website, AATrilogy.com or outside the US from Amazon or by order from your local bookstore.
 

 

 

 

About Ray Davis

Ray Davis is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening trilogy - speculative fiction series focusing the issues of humanity's past and future. The series is heavily influenced by the science fiction genre. Book 1 - Revelation - is now available - http://www.AATrilogy.com. Ray has written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential. In 2007, Ray founded The Affirmation Spot - a website offering downloadable mp3 motivational tools and affirmations. http://www.theaffirmationspot.com. Ray began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. His thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, he has melded these ideas into his own philosophy on self-development. He has written and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve his own life and has a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. In 2010 he authored an eBook titled The Power to Be You: 417 Original Daily Thoughts for Personal Empowerment. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Louisburg, KS with his wife, April, two grown stepkids, and his black lab, Mia.
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2 Responses to Are Buddhist Gandharvas Advanced Extraterrestrials?

  1. There are heavenly planets to aspire to. Unfortunately Earth isn’t one of them. 😛

  2. Pingback: Are Buddhist Gandharvas Advanced Extraterrestrials? — Ray A. Davis | tabletkitabesi

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