"the other thousands who lived in eternity, who breathed the Divine"

The term deva (देव Sanskrit) refers to all ethereal beings that reside in the heavens and are reborn there as the result of good karma. From a human perspective, devas manifest divine qualities and are invisible to the physical human eye. Through extrasensory perception that can be attained through practice, some humans can open the divyacakṣus that can enable them to see beings from other planes. Some human beings can also develop auditory powers to be hear the voices from the ethereal world.

The nine devas
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe nine devas - Credit: Ddalbiez

Depicted in Sandstone, the nine Devas - Left to right: Surya (the sun) on a chariot pulled by two horses, Candra (moon) on a pedestal, Yama (judge of the dead, guardian of the South) on the buffalo, Varuna (god of water, guardian of the west) on Hamsa, Indra (king of gods, guardian of the east) on elephant Airavata, Kubera (god of wealth, guardian of the north) on the horse, Agni (god of fire, the guardian of the south-east) on the ram, Rahu (the demon of eclipse) in a swirl of clouds and Ketu (comet) on the lion.