Devas (or Daivers)
Hindu gods, who inhabit their world of Deva-Loka. The term
derives from the root div (to shine) and may be related to the
Persian divs. Indra was foremost among the ancient Hindu
gods and Deva-Loka was his heaven. In later mythology, Indra
became inferior to Agni, Vayu, and Surya, but remained in
power over other gods and spirits. The Deva-Loka of the gods
included many nature spirits and angels.
According to theosophical teachings (which partially derive
from Hinduism) devas constitute the ranks or orders of spirits
who compose the hierarchy that rules the universe under the
deity. Their numbers are vast and their functions are not all
known to mankind, though generally these functions may be
said to be connected with the evolution of systems and of life.
Of devas there are three kinds—bodiless devas, form devas,
and passion devas. Bodiless devas belong to the higher mental
world; their bodies are composed of mental elemental essence,
and they belong to the first elemental kingdom. Form devas belong
to the lower mental world; while their bodies are composed
also of mental elemental essence, they belong to the second
elemental kingdom. Passion devas belong to the astral
world and their bodies are composed of astral elemental essence.
Devas are superlatively great and glorious creatures;
they have vast knowledge and power, are calm yet irresistible,
and are in appearance altogether magnificent.
Devas at Findhorn
Devas came into Western thought in a powerful way at the
New Age community of Findhorn. In 1963, while struggling to
survive in the trailer camp that would later become the community
site, Peter and Eileen Caddy and Dorothy MacLean were
gardening. In her meditations that spring, MacLean’s attention
was called to the presence of the forces of nature. She was
told to cooperate with nature by thinking about the higher nature
spirits, the spirits of different forms from the clouds to the
varieties of different plants.
Getting over some initial skepticism, she made contact and
began to receive instructions from the devas that allowed them
to produce a spectacular garden in the spartan conditions of
northern Scotland. Over the next few years hundreds of messages
were received and published from the devas which also
began to articulate a philosophy of the wholeness of creation.
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Hawken, Paul. The Magic of Findhorn. New York Harper &
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MacLean, Dorothy. To Hear the Angels Sing. Middleton, WI
Lorian Press, 1980.