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WTF does that mean? Part 1: Divine
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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?

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I usually use the word in the sense of talking about The Divine which, to me, is the universal Source akin to Deity. A force above all others that is responsible for creating the multiverse and setting the ball rolling for the evolution of life therein.

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Re: WTF does that mean? Part 1: Divine
I'm on the same page as Sera in that "deity" and therefore "divine" refer to the supreme creator entity/spirit/god(s)/whatever you call it that created the universe, etc. To that end, being "supreme" and "above" everything would put the term right in line with the original definition of "sky ...".

Interesting concept, perhaps this topic (and subsequent others which I presume you're working on?)could be made into a weekly thing here?

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Interesting takes..


Elinox: Uh, sure? I had a few in mind.. Would you rather me keep it condensed and bite-sized or yank out the footnotes and such like a proper paper? <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->

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Re: WTF does that mean? Part 1: Divine
Varkadevi Wrote:Elinox: Uh, sure? I had a few in mind.. Would you rather me keep it condensed and bite-sized or yank out the footnotes and such like a proper paper? <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->

I'm not much for footnotes, I find that they tend to break up the natural flow of a paper. However, do as you will. <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->

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