The Thirty-one Abodes

Key to the Chart The Thirty-One Abodes Translation of the Chart Classification by way of birth-cause in the respective worlds
Immaterial sphere
(arupa loka)
Brahma worlds of disembodied consciousness (immaterial sphere) Beings having consciousness without material body 31. Nevasaññanasaññayatanupaga deva Sphere of neither-perception-nor-non-perception Experience of the four arupayatana jhanas (the formless sphere absorptions)
30. Akiñcaññayatanupaga deva Sphere of the knowledge of nothingness
29. Viññanañcayatanupaga deva Sphere of the infinity of consciousness
28. Akasañcayatanupaga deva Sphere of the infinity of space
Fine-material sphere (rupa loka) Pure Brahma worlds (inhabited by non-returners and arahats) Beings having material body and consciousness 27. Akanittha Brahma World of supreme Brahmas Attainment of the fruit of non-returning (anagami-phala) with full experience of the fourth jhana
26. Sudassi Brahma World of clear-sighted Brahmas
25. Sudassa Brahma World of beautiful Brahmas
24. \Atappa Brahma World of serene Brahmas
23. Aviha Brahma World of immobile Brahmas
Lower Brahma worlds Beings having material body without consciousness 22. Vehapphala Brahma World of sensationless Brahmas Moderate experience of the fourth jhana
Beings having material body and consciousness 21. Asaññasatta Brahma World of greatly-rewarded Brahmas Weak experience of the fourth jhana (mental absorption)
20. Subhakinha Brahma World of Brahmas of steady aura Full experience to the third jhana
19. Appamana Subha-brahma World of Brahmas of infinite aura Moderate experience of the third jhana
18. Paritta Subha-brahma World of Brahmas of minor aura Weak experience of the third jhana (mental absorption)
17. \Abhassara Brahma World of radiant Brahmas Full experience to the second jhana
16. Appamanabha Brahma World of Brahmas of infinite lustre Moderate experience of the second jhana
15. Parittabha Brahma World of Brahmas of minor lustre Weak experience of the second jhana (mental absorption)
14. Maha Brahma World of Great Brahmas Full experience to the first jhana
13. Brahmapurohita Brahma Ministers of Brahma Moderate experience of the first jhana
12. Brahmaparisajja Brahma Retinue of Brahma Weak experience of the first jhana (mental absorption)
Sense-desire sphere (kama loka) Worlds of devas of the sense-desire sphere 11. Paranimmitavasavatti deva Devas enjoying (or utilising) the creations of others Very good kamma (in the field of worldly activity)
10. Nimmanarati deva Devas enjoying their own creations
9. Tusita deva Devas enjoying pleasure
8. Yama deva Yama devas
7. Tavatimsa deva Realm of the thirty-three devas
6. Catumaharajika Deva Realm of the Four Great Kings (of the Four Quarters)
Human World 5. Manussa Loka The human world Mixed kamma, predominantly good
Sub-human worlds (including animals) 4. Tiracchana Yoni The animal world Unwholesome kamma
3. Peta Loka World of unhappy spirits
2. Asura Nikaya World of demons (titans)
1. Niraya Realms of inferno (hells)