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This newsletter from Divinya, Sweden focus on personal sharings on the topic of 'A new beginning'.

a new beginning
A new approach to live my life
It's never too late for a new beginning
Discovering the New Humanity
Spirituality is ability
The New Human in me
Becoming a sustainable human
Morning Ceremony: How we greet each
new day as a new beginning in Divinya
Recipe: Hot ginger lemon tea
Course Program 2021
This Edition:

joyful greetings from
the divinya community!
A new year has started and lies glittering ahead of us like freshly fallen
snow. What will it bring? What can we hope for? Particularly last year, due
to the pandemic, there was a lot of turbulence in the collective energy
field, a lot of fear, uncertainty, doubt and desperation. Now is the time to
transcend these experiences, so that we can go further. In Divinya we
have taken this auspicious moment at the beginning of the new year to
reflect about the experiences we underwent in the past and what we
learned from them. We asked ourselves: What kind of change are we
deeply longing for ourselves and for humanity?
Our beloved Master Guruji Sri Vast, who is the source of Divinyas
inspiration, has been pointing out that there is a great cosmic shift taking
place at the moment and that we are moving from a rather defined, goal
oriented and self-centered era towards a new space which is more open,
more inclusive and more collective-oriented. This cosmic shift can support
us to evolve further and to expand ourselves. In Divinya we see this as a
great opportunity for the whole of humanity for a new beginning. It is
time to dream for a whole new world for everyone.
This Divinya Times edition intends to explore this exhilarating topic of a new
beginning for humanity. Some of our community members share in their articles
their personal stories of how coming to Divinya has brought a new beginning to
their lives. Other articles make the daring attempt to sketch out what we actually
mean when we speak about the 'New Humanity'. We hope that our passion and
enthusiasm will shine through our words, and that they may inspire you to take
part in this beautiful dream and to enter together into a new Era for humanity
an ecologically sustainable, enlightened Era - The Divine Age.
We believe that when we move collectively in this direction, we will discover the
New Humanity. In Divinya we dont want to just hope for this change to happen
some day in the distant future. But the change that we long to see in the world,
should begin with us. When we wish to see more love in the world, then that
means we want to express our love towards one another. When we wish to see
more peace in the world, then that means we want to bring peace into our hearts
and radiate it. When we want to see more beauty in the world, then we create
beauty around us. We dont want to be busy thinking about how wrong the world
is, we want to be busy creating the world that we want to live in. Through our
thoughts, words and actions and the way we experience this life, we are creating a
new beginning.
2021 is inviting us to open our hearts and to see things beyond our own
boundaries. That means including more people into our lives than only a small
circle of family and friends. We want to share our love with everyone who happens
to be in front of us. And we want to go even further, beyond our human boundary,
including in our love and care all life and all beings with whom we share this
experience of existence.
"To bring a better world,
we have to dream it.
Within every one of us
the new world needs to arise.
The more you dream,
the more your dream
becomes your reality.
Dream not only for you,
but for the whole humanity.
An impersonal dream,
an infinite dream,
'Wow! If all human beings
lived like this!'
A new dream, a New Humanity,
a new co-existence.
When more and more people start
to dream for that,
this dream will be reflected
in our actions,
in our language
and in our thinking.
All together we will begin
to create a new reality -
the New Humanity."
- Guruji Sri Vast
In our Morning Ceremony we start every day with listening to an inspiring quote by our
spiritual Master Guruji Sri Vast. If you would like to receive a quote each morning via email
or whatsapp, you can send us a message to
I came to Divinya three months ago. I had dreamed for so long of living in a
community and having company on my spiritual path, that it was very surprising
for me to observe my difficulties in fully entering at first the togetherness here. I
was a bit skeptical, because this way of living and following the teachings of a
living Master was very strange to me. Curiosity, the inner knowing that I am here
for a reason and a longing I could not define made me stay.
Expressing love through caring and sharing has been a big breakthrough for me.
It is actually very contagious. Every time I receive small gifts of care and
encouragement, this energy moves through me, vibrates in every cell of my body
and wants to be expressed multiple times again. And when I am being attentive,
when I am able to help someone, every time I can serve, even every time I clean,
my whole body is nourished in a way food could never do. That is probably how
God expresses itself though me. Sometimes I really feel like an instrument of love.
I can feel my boundaries expanding and that I am letting more people into my
heart. Divinyas nurturing ground of kindness, caring, sharing, trust and Sister-
and Brotherhood feels so good in me.
a new approach to live my life
I also observe that I am more able to relate and connect to nature. Hugging a
person is one color, but when I hug a tree, I experience the whole color-palette.
My heart is aching and I feel so open, so empty, clear and still, and yet fully filled
with life. I feel so free. Once I deeply recognized that I am never "alone", my body
suddenly didn't feel scared anymore when walking outside in the dark. It feels like
I am surrounded by something deeply known and very soothing. I used to
"ground" myself with all kinds of esoteric means, but here I came to know about
way more powerful methods: The wind can blow away all my worries, and when I
feel spaced-out I just need to lie down on the ground, touch the soil, the grass,
the fallen leaves and gently listen to the heartbeat of the Earth.
What I have discovered is that the stories I hold about myself and my life are
functioning like a grey cloud covering my light. This light is always there, but not
always visible to me. More and more I can deeply feel that I am a cosmic being,
sacred and pure. A natural being living on a beautiful, magical planet. I am not
even just someone who is made to enjoy this Earth but one that is fully part of the
whole creation. In this light my problems, repeatedly spinning stories, seem so
small, so unimportant, so light and easy, almost invisible. I am learning to not
think about my body as something that has to be optimized, but as a divine vessel
providing me with the opportunity to feel continuously flowing peace, love and
"Why do you go to Divinya?", was a question I replied with "Because I want to find
myself". Now I would answer, "Because I want to meet myself". I interpreted the
deep longing inside of me as a need to find my "Somebodyness". In Divinya I
learned that I do not need to hold any idea or image about who I am, I do not
need to identify or describe myself. I dont need to fit into any box.
One night I was gazing into the sky, my face was lit by the moonlight and I was
surrounded by bright shining stars.I really missed to look at the night sky, I
thought, and started to cry because a missing puzzle piece finally found its place.
In this moment I knew deep down that I have touched the core of what I am
longing for. Something calls me to come home to what I already am. Im longing
to meet the light, longing to bathe in peace, to meet my natural state of being.
This state that feels so effortless, so simple, so natural. I wish to become ever more
aware and to more and more let go of all the layers that limit me from being.
I am deeply grateful to be here. Its extreme luck - or maybe good karma - to have
found an environment of so much love, light and spiritual thirst. I thought that
spending time in Divinya was just a holiday in my busy life, but it became a new
and true approach to live my life. It became a new beginning for me.
Question: Johanna, you and your husband Walter are at present in the
community. How does it feel living in Divinya?
For us it is a present from heaven that we can be here! Living here, thats a new
What is so wonderful for me here is that I can participate! I am never bored. I help
in the kitchen, I prepare the salads and the vegetables for the cooking. In the
afternoons I do sewing, I also help with the ironing of the laundry. It is nice to be
useful. I am pleased that I can help with something I know. I have even already
helped in the construction! I found it funny, I liked it. I think you can do everything
at any age, if you do it carefully. And people laugh a lot! There is a freedom here.
Question: When you were young you and Walter lived and worked for several
years in the hospital of Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné in Central Africa. How
does your life in Divinya compare to the life you had there? Are there any
similarities in what you learned from Albert Schweitzer and what you are
learning now here at Divinya?
It's never too late
for a new beginning
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Question: What new things are you learning here?
There are so many new things to learn for me here, and that is what makes it so
fantastic! It brings you alive! There is still room in my head. I still want to learn! I
always had that. Of course now we are older and that makes some things a bit
more difficult. For instance, the songs I need the song book, I cannot remember
them anymore by heart. Also the Satsangs I just cant get everything anymore.
But whatever I understand, even if its only one or two sentences, I take notes and
that is important to me. I have to think about it a lot; I get it in my mind; and
when I go for a walk, I try to transfer it and I ask myself: How can I do it in
The non-religious spirituality here in Divinya, that for me is so fine, so good. This is
a similarity I see with Albert Schweitzer. He never asked which church you
belonged to. I never knew about the others. But for him Jesus was very important
and he followed Jesus without the church, just the love, and the love for the
person next to you. He taught me that even if they have Leprosy you treat them
exactly the same as the others. You have to love them like the others. He also
loved the animals and plants. The reverence for life - that was his big sentence.
For all life; not to destroy life, but to bring it up to a higher level. This is all very
similar here.
Another similarity is that the people in Lambaréné were also very devoted.
Devotion came not because of money, but it was love. We didnt receive any
money there. Money is not important for us at all. It is the pleasure to do
something useful. And this is also why we feel so at home here, both of us.
For example, one thing I want to learn very much is what Guruji says about
negative thoughts: Dont let them come up. Transform them into a positive way
of thinking. Every time it happens to me, I think of it and I try. Thats the new way
of learning I have here. I didnt have that so much before. Before, when negative
thoughts came, they were turning around in my head for days, or at night they
came suddenly and then I couldnt sleep. Now, when negative thoughts,
especially related to my childhood, are coming, I think: Do I have to react? Guruji
says When people hurt you, dont give back. In early years, I reacted easily, I had
a lot of fire, I got angry, not outside, but inside. That is also the reason why I left
Holland. There was a family reason which had to do with my father. And now
Guruji taught me, Be thankful to your father. And suddenly, for the first time in
my life I can say, If I hadnt had this father, I wouldnt have left Holland, I wouldnt
have gone to South Africa, I wouldnt have worked as a midwife in Africa, I
wouldnt have met Walter. Thank you, father! For the first time somebody told me
I had to be thankful. If I wouldnt have left Holland, then I would still be in that
small family clan, where you have to work and go to church and things like that.
And I liberated myself, and I thought, I am going to find the God for me and not
the God that I was told about. That was my way.
Everything is perfect. And nowhere I would have the possibility to learn more. To
learn also more about myself. I never had time to think about who is me? Now
more and more I think about it. There are so many beautiful things still to learn!
Yesterday for example Guruji shared about a person who left her body, and was in
her last breath singing a song. I thought thats so beautiful! I have lived my life, so
I am not afraid to go, but there is still so much I can learn.
Discovering the New Humanity for me means expanding our view of what we
perceive as ourselves. Normally, we perceive ourselves as separate beings
living this life next to each other. We limit ourselves in our bodies. Yes, we
have separate bodies, but what if that doesn't mean that I am only existing in
my body and you in yours? In Divinya I am given a space to see through the
game that our seemingly separate 'me' is playing, to uncover its mechanisms
and to rediscover the unlimited me. In Divinya I am given the beautiful
opportunity to break with habits and thought patterns of mine which hold up
the illusion of separation. I have the chance to discover a broader sense of me.
By meeting you, I am meeting myself, manifested in another form.
We have the possibility of meeting ourselves in all bodies, in all people, in all
plants, in all creation. The New Human has realized its boundless state. Then
all separation dissolves. All fights dissolve. I realize the me in you, the me in
this moment, the me in everything that I sense. The question whether I should
empty the dishwasher or whether it is your turn, dissolves. I simply do what
needs to be done, I am available for life.
Naturally we take care of whatever we are sensing. Naturally we take care of
each other. Naturally we take care of the world. We are one with life. A life
without opposite. We become nothing but mere existence experiencing itself
through different bodies. A totally new reality arises, a new way of living. The
New Humanity is born.
Discovering the
New Humanity
By meeting you,
I am meeting myself, manifested in
another form.
If someone had asked me about community living two years ago, I would have
said "I'll never live in a community. And I will probably never stop eating meat." I
never had a wish to live in a community, I was never even considering it. I was
enjoying my regular way of life in Croatia.
For many years of my adult life I had been interested in spirituality, in exploring
myself beyond this physical realm. But spirituality had been more like an
additional spice in my daily life, like an important hobby. Reading about it, taking
courses about it and applying new learned knowledge in regular life" to get what
I wanted from it. Then, two years ago, my girlfriend and I went on a spiritual trip
to India.
On the third day of our trip we stumbled upon an open Satsang with Guruji Sri
Vast. We were inspired by the teachings and decided to stay longer in the ashram.
With each passing day, we were realizing more and more that life can be lived
differently. We were realizing that spirituality is not only a nice handy tool to
"manage life" better, but that spirituality can be lived everyday as a first priority.
We felt that there was so much more depth within us which had been waiting for
us to be ready to explore. It became clear to me that if I really
wanted to explore who 'I am' - as I had been claiming for
such a long time - that this was the moment to
question what regular life actually means.
This was a step into the unknown which I had to
take, which was inevitable. This was a rare and
auspicious opportunity to give life the ultimate
dosage of meaning.
This was the time for a new beginning.
Our spiritual tourism was over, our tourist
approach to life was over.
One month later we found ourselves living
in the Divinya community in Sweden.
Since then spirituality has become a
part of every moment, of every
interaction. I understand now
that spirituality is the ability
to respond, to practically
engage in anything that
Spirituality is Ability
pops up in front of me, instead
of justifying my inability with a
comforting story.
Spirituality is ability!
I can see now that there is a
divine potential in everyone. I
am realizing that every
moment and every situation
has the potential to bring
peace, bliss, beauty and clarity
to me, to invoke divine qualities
and make them physical. I am
realizing that the obstacle to
really live that potential is the
idea of me. That my identities
can influence my senses, play
with my perception and
interfere with my ability to see
reality clearly, much more than
I could have ever imagined.
I am realizing that true
transformation lies in
dissolving, not in becoming.
In these two years I have learned that the ability to relate to people can be
broadened beyond the regular concepts of family, friends, nation or religion. I
have realized that any idea of separation, from a human being in front of me or
from a task in front of me, is self-inflicted. I dont need to create opposition
towards anything, I can include everything and everyone in my life.
I have also become aware how bumpy the road to self-realization can be, how
many obstacles and hidden traps there are. How our ego can be resistant to
change. How it can be tricky and persuasive in defending itself from dissolving
and preventing me from transforming my old patterns.
In these two years, many meanings have changed their shape. The meaning of the
word regular has changed its shape hundreds of times: regular life, regular
perspective, regular way of relating, regular approach to everyday situations
Today, living with a Master and the community seems very regular.
Today, I know how privileged I am to have this opportunity.
Today, this is the only road that makes sense to me.
For me, Divinya is a living example of how life can be lived together and how we
can relate with each other in a very pure way. Without the past cultural
conditionings of gender, nationality and religion, without a specific reason but
with the same vision and dedication. A commitment to live in freedom and attain
Living in Divinya I have realized that in order to live in harmony, there is an inner
work that needs to take place, personal imprints and desires can transform and
shift towards the common good. Being here, I have started thinking us instead
of I.
Each day in Divinya gifts us with the opportunity to express our love: From
preparing the tea for the Morning Ceremony, to arranging the breakfast table;
from building our community extension to working in the garden. I believe that
this joy of creating together and participating in the life can be the foundation for
a new society.
The New Human in me wants to rediscover its connection with nature. I want to
be fulfilled by the freshness of the wind on my face, the silence of the snow, the
glow of the moon. This joy makes me want to nurture and sustain what is created.
I can feel this newness inside, a sensation of deep love and respect for all beings -
an urge to take care of this life, to take care of those around me, to take care of
the nature. Like a mother wanting to embrace her child, I am embracing
everything and everyone in this warmth.
the new human in me
I have always had big dreams for this world. I was dreaming that human beings would
treat each other better, that everybody would finally come to live in harmony and
peace. Living at Divinya I came to realize that as an individual, I am not separated
from the whole and that my individual experience contributes to what the whole
humanitys experience looks like. It made me reflect on what I am contributing. Does
my presence on this Earth influence the bigger picture in a positive way?
I am realizing how much power there lies in the way we live. The concept of
sustainability has gained a whole new dimension for me. Of course one part is to
change ones life-style. In Divinya we move towards sustaining ourselves with food
from our garden, bringing as much independence as possible from food produced in
different parts of the world. But sustainability goes so much further here: In the end
it is about bringing forth the sustainable human a human who has balanced
emotions, therefore has balanced needs and thus liberates the world from their need
to over-consume. For example, the more we let go of restlessness and enjoy what is in
front of us right now, the more our need to travel dissolves.
Living at Divinya inspires me to fill myself with an overflowing love, so that naturally I
dont want to take care of only myself anymore, but I want to include other people and
living beings, too. This year I want to steer all my thoughts, words and actions towards
becoming a sustainable human. I wish that the need to create anything just for myself
disappears, and that I am just here to serve humanity and planet Earth; that the
separation I used to feel from the whole dissolves, and that I see the oneness of myself
with all the beings and our planet; that my dream to become a new human, a
sustainable human, comes true.
Becoming a sustainable human
Sustainability goes so
much further in Divinya:
In the end it is all about
bringing forth the
‘sustainable human’ –
a human who has balanced
emotions, therefore has balanced
needs and thus liberates
the world from
their need to over-consume.
At first it was not easy for me to get up so early in the
morning and it took me quite some time to realize how
beneficial it really is. Today I feel so blessed to initiate
each day with this nourishment for my heart and soul.
On the way to the meditation hall I breathe in the fresh
morning air, I enjoy the moon, the stars and the
mystical darkness around me. The sacred and tranquil
ceremony helps me a lot to be more conscious of
myself. The warm ginger lemon tea naturally awakes all
my senses. It reminds me to use all the senses I am
gifted with to live in the present. I also love to sing our
songs joyfully with everyone. Sometimes I sing full of
tears because I am so touched by it. Happiness may
come, gratitude may come, sorrow may come,
commitment may come, peace may come, all kinds of
emotions can happen in that magical 30 minutes. I just
allow myself to be. Let the songs and the teachings to
penetrate my heart and resonate with my soul.
Every small detail in Divinya has its function and purpose to support the process of
self-transformation and realizing the cosmic human in us. This is also true for our daily
time schedule and the way we greet every new day.
In Divinya we start the day early in the morning at 4:30am. This gives us the chance to
align ourselves with the cosmic rhythm of nature and to shift our body clock and our
physical and emotional calendar, so that we can experience a totally new perspective
on life. We come together for the Morning Ceremony, which is a very beautiful, sacred
time when we sing together, listen to an inspiring quote of Guruji Sri Vast to bring
along with us for the day, and enjoy a cup of hot ginger lemon tea with all our senses.
By consciously feeling the warmth of the tea, smelling its fragrance and tasting its
flavor, we become aware how gifted we are to be able to experience this life with all
our senses.
It is a very precious time for me to reflect and contemplate, to be grateful for
everything around me without taking it for granted, to remind me again and again of
the vision of my life and the reason why I am here. In a way, attending the Morning
Ceremony is a daily pilgrimage for my soul.
how we greet each new day
as a new beginning in Divinya
hot ginger
lemon tea
out of 1/4 of a lemon. Once the water is boiling add the ginger and cover the pot. Turn
off the stove and let the ginger stand in the water for at least 5 minutes. Before
drinking, pour in the lemon juice. You may place 1/2 teaspoon of honey (or, as a vegan
option, maple syrup) into the cup and pour the ginger lemon tea over it before
serving. Enjoy while it is warm.
The Ginger Lemon Tea is also a wonderful way to warm up on cold winter days.
This year we have been enjoying so
much a magical winter time in
Divinya! We went together for
walks through our snowy, mystical
forest, had wild snowball fights,
danced on the ice of our lake and
laughed a lot when we slid down
the hill in groups of three to six.
For 1 liter:
100 gram ginger
1/4 lemon
Bring one liter of water to boil.
Meanwhile peel the ginger
and cut it in 5-6 cm thin slices
lengthwise. Squeeze the juice
Welcome to Divinya’s unique program Ecology & Spirituality. It offers profound learning
possibilities for transformative life changes. This residential program gives the unique
opportunity to have a living experience within the spiritual community of Divinya. It is
designed to bring a deeper understanding of life, key answers to the quest of a
sustainable future for all and an understanding of how to practically take part in the shift
in consciousness towards a new, ecological and divine era.
The aim of the program is finding one’s passion and function in this life and learning the
practical skills to create the life which one wants to live. It is an invitation to explore a
harmonious coexistence on this planet and to find a deeper spiritual connection with
oneself, with others and with nature widening one's perspective towards the realization
of one's highest human potential.
course program 2021
Learning for Life!
Welcome to join our 1-year Ecology & Spirituality Course.
- Center for Evolutionary Consciousness
The path of the Sustainable Yogi
The program covers a diverse range of
topics such as eco-spirituality, horticulture,
ecological building, yoga, sacred music,
natural health, ayurveda, cosmology, eco-
psychology. There is the possibility to focus
on a main field of interest:
Sustainable Horticulture
Participants find a wonderful opportunity
to learn everything about the ecological
cultivation of vegetables, fruits and flowers,
throughout the whole process from seed
to market. The learning includes
permaculture theory and a lot of hands-on
experience in our garden, orchard and
All course participants share the daily life
experience with the Divinya community and
engage in its daily rhythm of Morning
Ceremony, yoga, seva (karma yoga), study
circles and much more. One important
community focus is the self-motivated quest
for personal transformation. Teachings and
inquiries include topics related to the
triangular relationship of the human, nature
and cosmos, as well as understanding social
and cultural patterns and conditionings.
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Participants are involved in all the stages of
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experience on ecological building.
The learning includes such as sacred
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architecture, sustainable materials,
sustainable technologies in energy and
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What an exceptionally beautiful winter we have had in Divinya
this year! We want to share with you this incredible magic and
invite you to come with us for some minutes and immerse
yourself fully in this white wonderland, a world where you will find
yourself surrounded by thousands of tiny crystals.
With love and devotion,
the Divinya Community