|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)|
Any noble disciple who by gradual progress has understood this Dharma dwells frequently contemplating in this way:
|Grand Palace (Micky7501/flickr)|
Now, such faith (confidence), virtue, wisdom, generosity, concentration, and understanding that these devas acted upon that caused their rebirths on divine planes after leaving this world, such good qualities as these are also found in me!
|Proto Kwan Yin (W-B-S)|
Delighted, there arises rapturous joy (piti). Filled with rapturous joy, one is inwardly contented and becomes very calm. Being calm causes one bliss and happiness. And the mind of such a happy one becomes calm, collected, and concentrated...
|Sakka, King of the Devas, with nymphs|
And as one who has entered the stream to nirvana, one cultivates further this contemplation. Friends, when a noble disciple has reached the fruit of understanding the Dharma, one often dwells with a calm smile in this state.
|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)|