The Church of the Divine Earth

A Prelude

All cultures as well as native religions and faiths require equal value and respect. All peoples have distinctive local traditions which articulates their love of their land and history and cultivate a regard for the sacredness of all life and the Divinity of Nature.

According to ancient traditional ethics, the Earth and all creation must be valued and protected. We as humans must find our place within this web and not outside or separate from the whole.

We share a common understanding of our position in the world based upon common historical experiences of oppression and intolerance. Ethnic religions have suffered great injury and destruction in the past from one entity or another and from religions claiming they possess the only truth. It is our desire to live in harmony with all and to strive for cooperation with the followers of all religions, faiths and beliefs.

We believe that the dawn of a new era of individual and intellectual freedom and global exchange of views and information gives us an opportunity to begin again to return to native spiritual roots in order to reclaim religious heritage. We are worshippers of Nature just as most of mankind has been for the greater part of human history.

Romuva worships one Supreme Reality, which encompasses the worlds of the living and of the dead, the family and the tribe, including ancestors, all of nature and of the universe. It proclaims no eternal hell, no damnation, nor eternal salvation -- only the continuity of life in the presence of Divinity. It accepts all spiritual paths. Each soul is free to find its own way, whether by devotion, meditation or service to society. Festivals, pilgrimages, chanting of hymns and home worship are valued dynamic practices.

Love, kindness, inspiration, embracement of the human manifestation, positive action and conduct in accordance to the universal law of Darna define the path of Romuva. Romuva teaches great reverence for all forms of life. It is a religion of human nature and human life with Nature.

Through chanting, the soul is cleansed and the wandering mind is stilled. Spiritual fulfillment is also achieved by meditation in Nature. It is believed that man is put on this earth to affirm and approve the world, not to deny it or to escape from it, thus spirituality is sought and found in active life and spiritual participation therein. Romuva values ethical life most highly.

A central feature of Romuva is the sacred fire that burns in every home. Fire is considered the only worshipful symbol, the great purifier and sustainer of the nature of the sun itself.

In rituals practiced by Romuva, folk songs play an important role and, like other traditional customs and symbols, become imbued by special power and meaning.

Respect of ancestors is an essential part of Baltic religion and is expressed in a multitude of ways.

A forest Divinity, the Mother of the Forest, was common to all Baltic peoples and was differentiated into goddesses that personified various aspects of nature.

Festivals marked the summer solstice, the harvest, marriages and funerals. Worship was conducted at holy groves and small hills, and excavations have revealed circular wooden temples.

--excerpts taken from “Revival of the ancient Baltic religions” by Jonas Trinkunas, presented at the First International Gathering and Conference of Elders of Ancient Traditions and Cultures in Mumbay, India.

Presentation sponsored by the Infinity Foundation