The Buddha lived and taught in a society that was steeped in various beliefs in a world of gods, demons, spirits and the supernatural. Instead of adopting an iconoclastic approach towards such beliefs, the Buddha uses them as bridges to the spirituality of personal accountability and liberation. These notions of non-human powers become engaging occasions for the Buddha to shine new lights on old lamps, turning mythology into psychology, superstition into superknowledge, the best example of which is the recollection of deities.
— Piya Tan
Have you practiced devanussati or something similar? If so, how was it for you? Do such practices, or any lesser known practices, interest you?
I’ve wanted to explore devanussati further, but English language resources are understandably scarce. So far I’ve found the following resources: a guided meditation by Ajahn Achalo; dhamma talks by Ajahn Yatiko and Bhikkhu Thanissaro (DN 20 is mentioned); a paper published by Piya Tan (15.13); and chapter 7 of the Visuddhimagga, which covers the six recollections.
Polar Bear also brought a talk from Shaila Catherine to my attention.