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|The 31 Planes of Existence|
- "The planets are called dvīpas [islands]. Outer space is like an ocean of air. Just as there are islands in the watery ocean, these planets in the ocean of space are called dvīpas, or islands in outer space" (Chaitanya Caritamrita Madhya 20.218, Purport).
A revived meditation master was sent to astral travel to those places to see first hand. He reported back at a live demonstration that the beings there (some of whom are red and others blue) want no dealings with earthlings, it is said. They are more advanced and seem to generate or allow the clouds that obscure their world from humanity on Earth.
The life spread across the galaxy is humanoid and related but not limited to this kind of being. The Buddha spoke of 31 planes of existence, which are not worlds but categories of planes. What we see around us is all still the "human plane" or manussya loka.