of the Soul
A LIFE-AFFIRMING EXPERIENCE IN DIVINYA
For whom is a Pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a profound journey towards one’s deepest self. Even though a pilgrimage is usually a walk to a place of religious or spiritual significance, it is mostly about the inner journey and inner growth that can take place within oneself. Often people go on a pilgrimage when they find themselves at a crossroad in their life, seeking for a new direction or a new beginning. Pilgrims can also be seekers of truth, seekers of a deeper meaning in life, who want to look for an answer to their quest within themselves. In life we do so many things, but still we might have the feeling that something is missing. Deep inside we might have the question whether there isn’t something more, something which we can’t really put a finger on. When nothing we do, gives a satisfying answer, going on a pilgrimage and spending time at a pilgrimage place can bring new insights and inspiration. Going on a pilgrimage means to step out of the daily routine, withdrawing a little bit from the engagements and concerns of worldly life, taking a break from all the stories of the past or from future plans, so that there is space to look deeply within, to reflect and contemplate. It allows for something to open up within oneself, so that something very profound, very magnificent can reveal itself. One can get in touch again with one’s innermost core, coming closer to one’s innate Divinity. Spending time at a pilgrimage place is an occasion for having a life-changing, transformational experience. It is a time of letting go of the old, so that something new can come into one’s life. A pilgrimage can inspire one for years to come, maybe even for the rest of one’s life. It is a very precious opportunity to make a living experience of spirituality as part of one’s sacred journey.
A 1-week living experience in Divinya
Many pilgrimage sites in the world are places where once upon a time, a saint or realized Master lived in a spiritual community as a sangha. Over the decades these places remain as memorial sites of wisdom and the presence of divine grace, and therefore are visited by pilgrims to come to be touched by that experience. The uniqueness of the pilgrimage place Divinya, is that there is no ‘once upon a time’. Divinya is home to a living sangha and a place which is purely dedicated to the inner growth of everybody who spends time here. Here lives a group of seekers who have found a way of living which fulfills their innermost longing. In Divinya, spirituality is a lived reality which can be experienced right now. The sangha of Divinya is a living and learning community which is inspired by the Teachings of Guruji Sri Vast. Pilgrims have the invaluable opportunity to take part in the Teachings during Satsangs and retreats and to taste the profound, devotional living experience in Divinya. Being a pilgrim in Divinya means spending one week with the sangha, which can bring insights to reflect on life and to find new inspiration for one’s own path. One can explore how spirituality can be practically brought into daily life. Spirituality in Divinya is not some exotic practice, but a way of life. Divinya is a place where the dream of a better world is not only hoped for, but where a group of people come together to manifest it, making it into a lived reality of this moment. During their stay in Divinya, pilgrims actively take part in all areas of the community life, including morning meditations, yoga classes, gatherings, eating together, singing, karma yoga (selfless service) and much more.
A nurturing space
In the living and learning community of Divinya, being in harmony with nature, there is a companionship in one’s search for clarity and inner peace. For those who come from a busy and demanding working life, Divinya provides the ground to recharge. For those who feel that they have been on the run for too long and have lost sight of what they are actually running after, Divinya offers the space to come back to themselves and to rediscover their innermost core. Those who have reached a point in their life where they seek to go beyond the social standards, thirsting to gain a deeper fulfillment and completion of life, and not knowing which direction to go, Divinya brings new clarity and trust.
A place to rediscover
your true self
We are committed to a life in the present moment and in inner silence in Divinya. ‘Inner silence’ does not imply not talking, but we recommend to refrain from talking about the past. This beautiful practice is an invitation to take a break from the past and it gives the opportunity to be approached newly through this very moment instead of through one’s past stories and identities. This allows for a rediscovery of oneself in a totally new way.
Who are we without our stories and our cultural and social identities? Divinya is a place to explore new horizons.
"A space is needed where everyone is approached and experienced as a being
rather than their past identities; identities they struggled with, which they try to liberate from. The world needs communities where people can live collectively, to enrich each other’s existence."
Guruji Sri Vast
Introduction to the Divinya Experience
Part of the Pilgrimage program is that participants get an Introduction to the Divinya experience and philosophy. Each day of the program, members of the community meet the group of pilgrims and explain about the way of life in Divinya, its underlying philosophy and core values. Different topics regarding to what we all undergo as humans in everyday life are discussed, such as gender, family, relationship, life goals and values and the life of the human species on this planet. It is a quest to understand how life can be lived in tune with nature and helping to discover one’s own nature. All pilgrims who visit Divinya are connected with a mentor during their stay. The role of the mentor is to give practical guidance, clarity and answers to questions pilgrims might have, which can be helpful on their journey.
This program is for you if…
you long to take a break to give space to reconnect with yourself,
you wish to find yourself immersed in nature’s beauty, serenity and healing atmosphere,
you are longing to find peace and stillness within yourself,
you wish to meet like-minded people who are leading a life in devotional and joyful, transformative togetherness,
you wish to explore a grounded spirituality, which is practiced at every moment of the day,
you are thirsting for answers to the questions which arise from the depth of your soul,
you are looking for an inspiration on how to formulate your spiritual thirst and to receive guidance,
– then, coming as a pilgrim to Divinya might be exactly what you are looking for.
What you can expect:
Daily Morning Meditation
Chanting, singing and dancing
Healthy vegan-vegetarian food
A joyful, transformative togetherness
within a spiritual community
sharings by pilgrims
Pilgrims are fully integrated in the community life, joining all the daily activities and communal projects. The daily program includes early Morning Meditations, Yoga classes, eating together, devotional gatherings, singing, silent gatherings for self-inquiry and reflection, nature walks, and much more. In the afternoons, pilgrims join karma yoga (yoga of action), where they are practically engaged along with the community, in the permaculture garden, nature conservation and maintenance of the premises.
What is very special for me in the experience is that spirituality is really lived and implemented. There is no ‘spirituality’ on the one hand and the so called ‘real life’ on the other hand.
It is not a class or workshop that we are doing here, but it is an experience - an actual, real experience of...
I feel so supported here on my inner journey and I am so grateful for it. I want to explore my highest potential, not settling for anything less. In Divinya I find the courage to go for that. And the necessary discipline. There is such a strong support and such a love. It is something...
I don’t have words for my experience in Divinya. It is so great and so new. Before coming here, I didn’t believe that something like this existed. There is no way to imagine Divinya before you are here. I am so incredibly thankful that I got to experience it, that I got to live it.
Esmee, The Netherlands
A magazine about
Pilgrimage in Divinya
In this edition of our Divinya Times Community members and pilgrims share their Divinya experiences and in what way being in Divinya has been a pilgrimage of the soul for them.