Maa Deva DhirajaSubmitted by Swami Ananda on Sat, 08/27/2011 - 06:37.
Ma Deva Dhiraja, also known as Lyudmila or Luda, is Russian, but was born in the Ukraine (then a part of the Soviet Union) on November 19, 1973. Her mother was a medical doctor from Moscow, and her father, of Tartar stock, a veterinarian and jeweler from Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia when it was the Soviet Union.
As an infant, Dhiraja moved to Tajikistan just east of Afghanistan, bordering China. Tajikistan was a part of the Soviet Union.
She spent her early childhood living within the indigenous culture of Tajikistan, a Moslem country, influenced by neighboring China and Afghanistan. Dhiraja attributes much of her spiritual foundations to this period of her life in this distant culture.
As the rumblings of war were heard in the distant air in this Soviet republic, heralding the end of Soviet domination, in 1983 Dhiraja left the desert mountains of Tajikistan for St. Petersburg, Russia. She was 10 years old. Pulled from her Tajik culture, her childhood from the age of 10 was reclusive and highly empathic. She studied at the Art Institute of St. Petersburg.
She later became a sannyasin (disciple) of Osho since January 27,1999.
She met Virato on September 18, 2000 in St. Petersburg, Russia while he was conducting psycho-spiritual consciousness events there. A romance incurred, and soon they became close friends and lovers. They were together again for several months in 2001, both in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
After two years Dhiraja arrived in America, on January 31, 2002, and was greeted with a magnificent "spiritual" marriage wedding party with her beloved Virato in Decatur, Georgia, at the palatial home of a long-time friend of Virato.
On February 14, 2002 (Valentine's Day) she legally married Virato (barefoot in sandals in a Chattanooga, Tennessee court house in the presence of a Southern judge) Another spiritual marriage ceremony followed at the Dharmadip Osho Center, Lake Lure, North Carolina, USA on February 23, 2002.
When they are not traveling, they are in Asheville, NC. where you may see them in the West Asheville area or walking downtown.
Dhiraja has a part-time job, and in her free time does her artwork, writing and gardening and studying herbs, and offering her Intuitive Touch. She was the host of her own Russian language radio program in Asheville on WPVM-FM presenting "new paradigm" consciousness topics, and was frequently heard on 880AM with her beloved husband on VIRATO LIVE!. To better grasp the English language, Dhiraja studied acting with Peter Carver, attending classes in the Drama Dept. at AB Tech (Asheville-Buncombe Country Technical Institute).
Dhiraja follows no specific ritual other than experiencing existence as fully as possible in this dimension, while connected to all.
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