“Opapatika” in Pali, a naturally-occurring spirit borne of immaculate conception. Opapatika do not have to pass the embryonic stage because of the conditions of their past karma. Several classes of beings belong to this category, including; Petas, Devas and Brahmas.
In the Buddhist sutras, it was explained that there are 4 modes of births; egg-born beings (andaja), womb-born beings (jalabuja), moisture-born beings (samsedaja), and beings who undergo spontaneous births (opapatika). These beings are generally invisible to most people who only possess physical sight.« Back to Glossary Index