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Bali, My Love …

Written by Gede Prama

Not only once or twice the island of Bali is called the most beautiful island in the world. The great artist Rabindranath Tagore even called Bali the last paradise. The famous US writer Elizabeth Gilbert called Bali the island of love. In other words, to some extent Bali has become the world’s reference in a number of ways. Especially with regard to beauty.

If you look closely, the shape of the island of Bali resembles a turtle walking to the West. So it is worth contemplating the spiritual symbol behind the turtle. First, the turtle walked slowly but persistently. The message is that the crisis has indeed slowed down the rhythm of life. But guide yourself with persistence. Do not give up easily. Keep on doing beautiful things.

Secondly, if there was danger the turtle would take refuge inside his shell. The guidance message here, try to find the shelter inside. Of the many options of shelters within, the safest and most comfortable is profound gratitude. For that reason, don’t allow this super long crisis to steal your inner gratitude. Bank savings may become less, but never less gratitude.

Thirdly, in Buddhism it is taught, the West direction is the direction of the holy land of Sukawati. Where many creatures were saved there by Amitabha Buddha. The implicit message is, quickly take the path to safety. It is no coincidence that the name of the biggest temple in Bali is Pura Besakih. Basukian means the path to salvation. In the midst of this dangerous crisis, this path is desperately needed.

Health is not everything, but without health everything is useless. For that, start the path to safety by taking care of health. In the “holy book” of the Compassion family that has been widely distributed, the king of health is proper nutrition, the queen of health is proper exercise, the crown prince is a beautiful sleep. After stepping confidently in health, then we can climb the ladder of happiness.

As has been written in the “holy book” of the Compassion family, whenever you feel tired inside, find the 3 central points of happiness inside. When you are thinking, get to the first focal point of happiness. See all from the positive point of view. When you are hurt, find the second center of happiness in your heart (read: learn to forgive). Suppose you are working, meet the third center of happiness.

Blends neatly with each life-calling. Less thinking about the distant future. Focus on growing. Once happiness feels stable inside, enter the gate of peace. That is why the peak of Balinese elders prayer is shanti (peace). Energy researchers refer to it as the highest level of energy vibration that the human body can attain.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama
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About the author

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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