Bhumikas(floor, degree) are steps of development and consiousness in the Yoga - systems. The 7 Bhumikas are also known as saptha bhoomikas and as jnana bhoomikas.
They are mentioned in chapter 4 of the Varaha Upanishad and the Yogavasishta (or Laghu yoga Vasishtha), a dialogue on Jnana yoga between the teacher Vasishta and his pupil Rama. The Laghu-Yoga-Vasishtha counts : Śubhecchā, Vicāraṇa, Tanumānasa, Sattvāpatti, Asaṃsakti, Padārtha abhāvana (Brahman everywhere) and Turīya (permanent samādhi)
The seven categories also correspond to the seven steps mentioned in the Kaivalya Navaneetam (The Butter of Self-Realization), a Tamil-advaitic text .
In the Pancaratra, Pradyumna and Samkarsana represent the states of the dream and of deep sleep.
In book 12 Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata(Chap. 291) Yudhishthira speaks about steps of consciousness. Chapter 293 describes three steps of consciousness :
The 10 Bodhisattva - Bhūmi ("byang chub sems dpa'i sa") are the 10 steps of the path of a Bodhisattva in the Mahayana. The bhūmis are subcategories of the five paths (pañcamārga, Tib. Lam lnga). The Jhanas of the Pali canon contain 9 states of consciousness.
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