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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
rituals practiced by Romuva, folk songs play an important role and, like other
traditional customs and symbols, become imbued by special power and meaning.
of ancestors is an essential part of Baltic religion and
is expressed in a multitude of ways.
forest Divinity, the Mother of the Forest, was common to
all Baltic peoples and was differentiated into goddesses
that personified various aspects of nature.
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.
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.
sponsored by the Infinity Foundation