WTF does that mean? Part 1: Divine
It's a common problem in spiritual circles, that we come across words with multiple and/or misunderstood meanings. It can make communicating difficult..
The first word that I'm sure many have come across is "Divine". In the context that many use it in, it seems to be a catch-all for anything having to do with deity-figures(often the alleged only one) but the history of the word isn't so clear cut. Divine in english, derives from the latin word "divus" meaning deity(modern Italian: Dio). This word is cognate with words in it's cousin languages with different connations respectively. Germanic: Tiw/Ziu, Greek: Deus/Zeus, Indo-Aryan Deva/Daiva, Lithuanian:Dievas.... all ultimately deriving from the Proto-PIE root "Dyeus" referring to the dome of the sky. This was used in the context of the deity/archetype of the "Sky Father" Dyaus Pitar in Indic; mentioned in the Rg Veda, cognate to latin: Jupiter (pronounced Yu-Piter). So there you have it, one mystery solved.
(Most of this I gleaned from wikipedia and correlated with research sites on the topic.)
So now that ya have the history, thoughts anyone?
“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it.”
- G.I. Gurdjieff