I'm quite familiar with most of Buddhism's teachings and schools and such. I myself lean strongly away from Buddhism primarily for the reasons that motivate my question and that related to my primary point of contention with Buddhism.
My primary question is if anyone has any quotes/links to sutras where the Buddha or Buddhist writers discusses the disadvantages of being reborn as a deva/deity, especially of the Nimmanarati/Nirmanaranti kind. These are described as devas/deities that 'create the five sense objects themselves and enjoy them', 'enjoying that which they have themselves created'.
To me, this sort of status seems absolutely ideal - basically omnipotently able to fabricate reality around you to satisfy your desires.
In contrast, Buddhism teaches that even this is not a place of ideal or ultimate abiding, and instead points to meditative concentration and stillness in the formless realms as superior places of abiding for devas. And superior even to that is the status of an arhat/buddha.
What I'm interested in is scriptual references discussing the disadvantages of abiding in the form realm as a deity, as well as hearing your general perspectives on this. If there is a better subreddit in which to post this, please let me know or point me in that direction.
Thank you for your attention
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On one occasion the Blessed One was traveling along the road between Ukkattha and Setabya, and Dona the brahman was also traveling along the road between Ukkattha and Setabya. Dona the brahman saw, in the Blessed One's footprints, wheels with 1,000 spokes, together with rims and hubs, complete in all their features. On seeing them, the thought occurred to him, "How amazing! How astounding! These are not the footprints of a human being!"
Then the Blessed One, leaving the road, went to sit at the root of a certain tree — his legs crossed, his body erect, with mindfulness established to the fore. Then Dona, following the Blessed One's footprints, saw him sitting at the root of the tree: confident, inspiring confidence, his senses calmed, his mind calmed, having attained the utmost control & tranquility, tamed, guarded, his senses restrained, a naga. On seeing him, he went to him and said, "Master, are you a deva?"
"No, brahman, I am not a deva."
"Are you a gandhabba?"
"... a yakkha?"
"... a human being?"
"No, brahman, I am not a human being."
"When asked, 'Are you a deva?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a deva.' When asked, 'Are you a gandhabba?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a gandhabba.' When asked, 'Are you a yakkha?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a yakkha.' When asked, 'Are you a human being?' you answer, 'No, brahman, I am not a human being.' Then what sort of being are you?"
"Brahman, the fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a deva: Those are abandoned by me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising. The fermentations by which — if they were not abandoned — I would be a gandhabba... a yakkha... a human being: Those are abandoned by me, their root destroyed, made like a palmyra stump, deprived of the conditions of development, not destined for future arising.
"Just like a red, blue, or white lotus — born in the water, grown in the water, rising up above the water — stands unsmeared by the water, in the same way I — born in the world, grown in the world, having overcome the world — live unsmeared by the world. Remember me, brahman, as 'awakened.'
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"The fermentations by which I would go to a deva-state, or become a gandhabba in t
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