Bali Leadership for Earth Leaders *)

There is no coincidence, only guidance, so said an old holy book in the depths of the jungle in Peru, which is located just behind the island of Bali.  Carl Jung called it synchronicity.

It is no coincidence that after a long, very dark pandemic, then world leaders agreed to have a meeting in Bali.  A beautiful sign that the sunrise will come from Bali.

When we observe the head of the island of Bali.  The name of the village is Kubutambahan.  Kubu means house.  Tambah means positive.  The hidden message is that the most important task of a leader is to make his/her country a beautiful home

Not far from Kubutambahan, the names of the villages are Bungkulan and Bulian.  Abungkul (abulih), only a leader whose mind is intact and holistic can do it.

Just as night and day are inseparable, so are critics and praises. It is part of the wholeness.  And this is confirmed by quantum physics.

As the pious physicist Dr.  David Bohm, the word health comes from the word whole.  Only he/she who is whole inside can heal the earth.

Practically, still at the head of the island of Bali, the name of the village is Jagaraga (take care of yourself).  As saved in old leadership books, the central point of leadership is self-leadership.

Only he who can lead himself (read: whole inside) can lead the earth.  And at the wholeness level the body (bhuana alit) is never separated from the natural surroundings (bhuana agung).

The implicit message then means to take care of oneself (Jagaraga) not only to protect the body and seat of power, but also to maintain the safety and peace of the natural surroundings.

At the foot of the island of Bali, the name of the village is Sanur.  Sa means one.  Nur means light.  The guidance then, every time you take a step, rest assured you are guided by the Light.

Sadly, many overpowered leaders want to throw out the negatives. And forget the fact that when we throw out negativity is the same as throwing away Light.

As an inspiration, long before Thomas A. Eddison discovered electricity, Balinese elders had understood through personal achievement, Light is not born by throwing out negative things.

That is why, in a place where a masculine mountain (positive energy) is intimately embraced by a feminine ocean (negative energy), there Balinese elders establish a source of Light (holy place).

What is unique is that only in Bali the New Year is celebrated with the Nyepi day. That is, words are energy that always invites a rival energy. Claiming something right invites the claim of others that it is wrong.

The good news is that it is only in the depths of silence that the conflict caused by those words stops giving birth to violence.  At the same time the synthesis of negative-positives can occur.

Only a few months ago Ubud (ubad aka medicine) was called the best city in the world.  And Ubud is located in the middle.  The guiding message is clear, if you want to heal the earth, learn to grow in the middle path.

As a practical provision in moving forward, the intelligence of a leader is not only measured by the answers collected.  But also through how intelligent the questions asked.

Regarding the war in Ukraine, for example, the question is not which country is at fault.  But what are the things in common between us?  Our country is different, our language is also different.

Our religion is different.  But in one way we are all the same: “We both want to grow in harmony here on earth”.  May all beings be happy.

*) If blessed, here is a snippet of Guruji’s message to earth leaders who will have meeting in Bali

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About the author

H.H. Guruji Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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