…left her body on 3rd September 2014.
Divyam Varsha (Lena Papamatheakis) was born in Heraklion, Crete, on 6th August 1954. She was 12 years old when she moved to Athens with her family. She studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and obtained a postgraduate certificate (DEA) in Art History at the Sorbonne, Paris. After her studies, Varsha returned to Greece, where she worked as an architect. Her artistic talent was evident in her paintings. She liked theater, movies and all kinds of music; travelling, languages and good, healthy food. She loved life and good company! Her circle of close, loving friends reached far beyond Greece and spread all around the world. Varsha had unique qualities that drew people closer. She was playful, inquisitive and discrete. She was friendly, tender, loving and had the gift of bringing people together.
In 1998, Varsha changed her perspective in life which led her to Osho and to sannyas. She trained in different Osho therapies, techniques and meditations and later assisted, organised and led many of them. For the last six years she co-lead a weekly open Relaxation and Meditation Group together with her best friend and fellow traveller. Varsha was also a body worker and a Feng Shui practitioner.
Our beloved Varsha left her body in a hospital in Athens after putting up a brave fight against an acute thyrotoxic storm for over two weeks. She was buried in Crete, where her family lives. A Death Celebration was held for her at the Osho Breath of Life Institute in Athens last Monday, where many of her friends sent her love and light to accompany her journey through the Bardo. (Watch video of her celebration on YouTube.) All her sannyasin brothers and sisters are welcome to send her love, too.
Varsha, you can dance and sing your way to God as Osho has taught us. We are all dancing with you.
Text by Dhyan Pradeepa
Chereveti, Chereveti dear Varsha!
Buddha taught that there is no birth, there is no death; there is no coming, there is no going; there is no same, there is no different; there is no permanent self, there is no annihilation. We only think there is. When we understand that we cannot be destroyed, we are liberated from fear. It is a great relief. We can enjoy life and appreciate it in a new way.
(by Thich Nath Hanh)
A devoted friend, a big authentic generous heart that touched my inner core like no one else did. She had that gift. She knew how to go deep in your heart and open hidden parts. So much compassion! She loved to travel, to eat well, to watch European movies; she used to take long walks wherever she was. She was a bon viveur. She had a ‘love affair’ with our master Osho and was devoted to his vision by participating, assisting and facilitating meditative therapies and workshops for more than 20 years. The only word I could describe her with, with tears of gratitude in my eyes, is Compassion. I’m honoured, happy and grateful to have been part of such a blessed person’s life.
I love you always and fairwell my precious, beloved, unique friend.
Beloved Varsha, gentle soul with a big, beautiful heart. You embraced and supported me, and together with the Greek sannyasin family helped me to flower… Fly high dear friend. Love,
For the last 32 years Divyam Varsha was a friend, a sister, a loving person in my life, more than a relative. Since 16 years, since 1998, she has been an Osho sannyasin and fellow traveller. I am grateful for the gift to have met her. She enriched my life with tenderness, acceptance, experiences, trust, friendliness and unconditional love. What else could two people share? Varsha opened my heart and she won a big and soft part in it. Thank you, beloved, fly my love. Fly to love and light. Sending love and light to accompany you through the Bardo.
One has to pass through the door of death. Death is more important than life. Life is just the trivial, just the superficial; death is deeper. Through death you grow to the real life, and through life you only reach death and nothing else.”
I imagine you in the Bardo, radiant with light and becoming lighter and lighter as you go further and deeper into this journey. And with you travels the fragrance of love sent by all your friends. Always loved and yet missed.