The Women of India – Divya Prabha

Born in the UK, Lucy aka Divya Prabha did her first B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University and worked for top American Investment Banks until 1999.  In 2000 she came to India to live and study at the Swami Vijnanadev ashram in the Shivalik hills and never looked back. She has studied Sanskrit in the traditional way completing Praman Patriya, Prachin Vyakaran Shastri (BA) and Prachin Vyakaran Acharya (MA) and is currently finishing her PHD in Ancient Grammar. She won the Shastri Gold Medallist in 2011.

Since 2014 she has been Vice Chairman of the World Organisation of Students and Youths (WOSY). She has taught Yoga in India and abroad for the last 16 years and also lectures and teaches at various conferences and workshops. Additionally, she also teaches Sanskrit and has co founded a free school and gurukul in Varanasi called International Chandramauli Charitable Trust providing free of cost education, food and accommodation to underprivileged and orphaned children and works on projects for the empowerment of women. 

  1. Who are you.

My name is Lucy Guest known as Divya Prabha in India and was born in the UK.

2. What inspired you to create your NGO?

Every child has a right to education irrespective of financial circumstances which is a real obstacle for many children in the world. I had the chance of an education at Oxford University and I saw that here there were so many obstacles to reach your potential. Additionally education means more than book knowledge so we place great emphasis on the holistic aspects of education developing a whole conscious human being, not just a list of certificates So, we set up a charity with a completely holistic open to everyone irrespective of colour, caste, gender and religion.

3. An anecdote which epitomises your India?  – Expect the unexpected. 

4. One thing that you can’t live without? – Meditation

5. One thing that you hate?  – Lies

6. If  you could change one thing about India what would it be? –  India is magical and full of surprises I love it as it is🌟

7. Who is your greatest inspiration?  – Vishnu

8. What is your favourite quote? – Realising unity in diversity.

9. I have noticed huge changes in India over the last few years but what is the biggest change you have noticed in India over the last 10 years?

There have been huge developments particularly in the last 5 years let’s hope that development is not at the expense of Indianness. 

10. What do you think are the biggest challenges India faces over the next ten years?

Balancing modernisation with the cultural roots, coping with natural disasters and the shrinking water table.

10. Which is the destination at the top of your bucket list? Badrinath and the pilgrimage route beyond it.

11. What is the one place you visited that you have NO desire to return to? So far everywhere I have visited I wish I could go again!

12.Book or Movie? Book.

13. I am doing a survey to find India’s most popular breakfast, what is yours?  – I love Pomegranates and papaya

14. In retrospect, what is the one thing you wish you could have told your 20 year old self?

There is plenty of time, be patient. 

You can find out more about the Chandramauli Trust here: http://www.chandramauli.org/

 

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