Devaloka

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In Indian religions, a devaloka or deva loka is a plane of existence where gods and devas exist.[1] The deva lokas are usually described as places of eternal light and goodness, similar to the concept of Heaven.[2] Teachers of different Hindu denominations may call such homes of the gods by other names, including Svarga, each differing in non-fundamental aspects.

Hindu beliefs are vast and diverse, and thus Hinduism is often referred to as a family of religions rather than a single religion.[3] Thus, devaloka is viewed by many Hindu sects as a stopping point onto the final destination of an eternal heaven. These higher planes include Vishnuloka (Vaikuntha), Brahmaloka (Satyaloka) and Sivaloka (Kailasa), places of union with Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva. Within Hindu traditions, a Devaloka is understood as either a temporary planes of existence due to one's good karma, or a permanent plane of existence that is reached when one is sufficiently attuned to light and good.[4] Within Hindu traditions where devaloka is understood as temporary one must one must return to a life on Earth to become better and learn more and thus attain liberation (moksha). When moksha is achieved, any other lives become unnecessary and one does not return to Earth.

In Buddhism, a deva loka is a dwelling place of the Buddhist devas. The worlds of the devas differ greatly from each other depending on the nature of their inhabitants. See Buddhist cosmology.

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  1. ^ "Definition of DEVALOKA". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  2. ^ Bowker, John (1 January 2003), "Devaloka", The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/acref/9780192800947.001.0001/acref-9780192800947-e-1925, ISBN 978-0-19-280094-7, retrieved 23 June 2020
  3. ^ Editors, History com. "Hinduism". HISTORY. Retrieved 23 June 2020.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Karmarkar, R. D. (1947). ""THE MEASURE OF BRAHMĀNANDA AND THE LOCATION OF DEVALOKA"". Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute. 28 (3/4): 281–288. ISSN 0378-1143.