A 1-month living experience of Yoga
‘Yogic Life’ in Divinya offers the unique opportunity to make a profound living experience among the yogic Sangha of Divinya. In so many people the understanding grows that Yoga is much more than just a mere asana practice. ‘Yogic Life’ answers the thirst of people who have the wish to understand Yoga on a deeper level and imbibe it into our everyday living. It is an opportunity to explore what it means to live a yogic life – a life in harmony with oneself, each other and nature.
The Path of the Yogi
Yoga in Divinya is not understood as some exotic practice, but as a way of life. Divinya’s yogic Sangha thrives to integrate Yoga in all thoughts, words and actions, making it into a lived reality of every moment.
The beauty of joining the Sangha for a ‘Yogic Life’ experience is that it helps one to understand the essence of Yoga and to dissolve one’s need for performing and becoming. This dissolving of oneself brings union with life – that is the path of Yoga. In Divinya, we recognize Yoga first and foremost as a spiritual path to rediscover our true Self. Therefore, ‘Yogic Life’ is ultimately about igniting a journey of self-transformation. Participants have the chance to deeply inquire into the questions ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is the meaning of life, and how can I bring union between me and this life?’ This union is called Yoga. We ask ourselves, ‘Is it about becoming ‘somebody’ and performing better in life, or is it about dissolving the performer?’
Living with a Yogic Sangha
‘Yogic Life’ takes place in Divinya – home of a yogic Sangha and a sanctuary of contemplation, awareness and personal transformation.
Participants receive the unique opportunity to directly experience a reference of a yogic way of life in practice by living with the Sangha for one month. Participants will live and serve alongside like-minded spiritual seekers. During their stay in Divinya, Yogic Life participants are exposed to a complete yogic environment and actively take part in all areas of the community life, including morning meditations, yoga classes, devotional gatherings, sacred music, karma yoga (selfless service), study circles, Satsang and much more. During Karma Yoga participants join in all the different community projects and engagements, such as organic farming, ecological building and maintaining the center.
The Sangha of Divinya is a non-religious and non-dogmatic community, dedicated to creating a living experience of union, harmony and peace. The community is active and self-motivated on the path of self-realization, joyfully committed to live the essence of yoga in their daily life. Many Sangha members are on the yogic path since several decades and have deeply imbibed the yogic values in their way of being. The community is inspired by the Liberation Teachings of the enlightened Master Guruji Sri Vast. ‘Yogic Life’ participants have the rare opportunity to attend regular Satsang (Teachings) with the living Master.
The 4 Paths of Yoga
Divinya offers a holistic perspective of all the different aspects of a yogic life. Although asana practice is often the most well-known aspect of Yoga, it is considered to be only one small part of the tradition of Yoga. In Divinya the four basic paths of Yoga – Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Bhakti Yoga are practically being put into practice. Raja Yoga is the path of self-discipline, where Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and the ethics and morals of life lead one to awareness and harmony of body and mind. Karma Yoga is the practice of action by participating in all life activities, without expecting any rewards. Karma Yoga is a beautiful way to enter into meditation during every action. Jnana Yoga is the path of wisdom. Knowing oneself and knowing one’s purpose in life gives clarity to one’s actions.
Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, is the ultimate path towards Total Liberation. Devotion is the greatest tool to surrender one’s ego, to surrender one’s ignorance. When the ego is surrendered, dualism is surrendered and union arises.
All yogic paths lead to Bhakti – devotion. How to understand devotion? Devotion is love which has no reason. A love which is not revocable – where you and me are not separate from each other anymore. That is the state of devotion. When devotion arises, naturally the ego dissolves, naturally you want to participate and naturally you become one with this life.
“The goal of spirituality is the state of ‘non practicing – just living’.
In that 'just living' nothing exists separately as spirituality, because that in itself is spiritual.
We pray for 30 minutes, we do Yoga for 30 minutes or we chant or meditate for 30 minutes.
But what about the rest of the time?
We have to learn living meditation. Meditation is not a separate practice but a way of being.
My way of being needs to be meditative. The way I talk with you must be prayer. The way I sing is chanting the glory of life. The way I walk needs to be dancing. The way I sleep needs to be creative. Life is complete. Life is beautiful. Take this one great opportunity – in this human body, in this beautiful planet, in this way – as a great possibility to liberate yourself.”
Guruji Sri Vast
Divinya is following the current covid regulations from the official Swedish government website. Please make sure you are informed about current travel regulations via the Public Health Agency.
Coming to Divinya requires a negative covid test (max. 48hours). You will be provided with private accommodation for the first 5 days, during which social distancing will be followed to ensure everyone’s wellbeing. On your fifth day an in-house covid test will be given after which all regulations will be lifted.