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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Paranimmita Vasavattī:A class of devas,inhabitants of the highest stage of the sensuous universe (kāma-loka).

They are described (E.g.,A.i.210,etc.; S.v.410,423; D.ii.91; iii.218) as ”beings who desire the creation of others,in order to get them into their power.”

The Commentary (DA.iii.1001; ItvA.243 f.; see also MNidA.109; PSA.441; VibhA.519) explains that the objects of their desires are created by other devas who know their weakness,just as a cook,knowing the king’s favourite dishes,will prepare them for him.It adds that,according to some authorities,their desires are fulfilled by a mere look,a smile,an embrace,but this statement is rejected by the ancient Commentary.

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