|Devas, literally "shining ones," are earthbound fairies and "light beings" in space (W-B-S)|
Whoever wants to develop this recollection of devas should possess the special quality of faith (saddha) brought into being by means of the Noble Path. One withdraws into solitary silent retreat to recollect one's own special qualities of faith, virtue, learning, generosity, and understanding, as if the devas were witnesses. They were reborn in fortunate worlds due to their faith. So can I! They were reborn in fortunate worlds due to their virtue, learning, generosity, and understanding. So can I! (AN III 287). One devoted to this recollection becomes dear and loved by those devas. One obtains greater fullness of faith (confidence). One fills with happiness and gladness. Even if one were to penetrate no higher, one is at least headed for a happy destination.
|Tika for devi, Nepal (epicasiatravel.com)|
|Grand Palace (Micky7501/flickr)|
|Proto Kwan Yin (W-B-S)|
|Sakka, King of the Devas, with nymphs|
|The Buddha in the celestial World of the Thirty-Three teaching Maya Devi, Sakka the King of the Devas, and that world's resident devas the "Ultimate Doctrine" (Abhidharma)|