What exactly do you mean by saying that gods orchestrate this emperical reality? And in what sense do you think that they are real?
Question: If someone realizes this in meditation, does he have to know all the deities to recognize them?”
Rinpoche: A practitioner of meditation may not know the deities of the bardo but will have a stable mind, so in the bardo he or she will have a peaceful and stable mind and be able to recognize appearances as being their own manifestations. They will have that understanding. If we can recognize the deities individually and merge with them or pray to be reborn in a Buddha realm, then that would be very beneficial.
Question: How much is the deity an own existent and how much is it built up through trust in Buddhism, through the power of mantras and belief?
Rinpoche: The deities are those of the dharmata, or the true nature of phenomena, and therefore they are natural manifestations which are latent within our body and mind. So they manifest in the bardo from the true nature. Whether we are a dharma practitioner or not, the deities will manifest. Normally we cannot recognize them. Just as the five wisdoms are our own nature, there are the five kleshas.
When purified, the five wisdoms shine forth as the five Buddhas of the families. They are naturally present, but normally we don’t recognize them. When they manifest in the bardo, we may not recognize them. If one can recognize them, then that is very beneficial.
The second phowa is known as the phowa of the sambhogakaya. The sambhogakaya phowa involves seeing everything as the mandala of the deities, wrathful and peaceful, as in the zhi-khro practice itself.
ALL PHENOMENA APPEAR AS THE MANDALA OF THE PEACEFUL AND
WRATHFUL DEITIES. THESE DEITIES DISSOLVE AS A RAINBOW IN THE SKY.
RELAX THE MIND IN THE NATURAL STATE WHICH IS THE UNION OF
APPEARANCE AND EMPTINESS, FREE FROM COMPLEXITIES. ALL SOUNDS
ARE THE SPEECH OF THE WRATHFUL AND PEACEFUL DEITIES. THIS
EMPTINESS SOUND DISSOLVES AS THE DRAGON'S VOICE OF THUNDER
DISAPPEARS IN THE SKY
As said the Vajrayana deities exists with in our subtle bodies, yes there is a platonic realm but why do you think its somehow separate from you, its in and around you and not very far from you. Vajrayana deities are anthropomorphic gods and they are very much real and not just symbolic and you can have a dialogue with them. To achieve non-dualism you need to go beyond Samanthabhadra or the Adi Buddha. Samanthabhadra emanates from You, you are the base for all these gods. I don't find any dualism here.