Balinese Symphony for Earth Leaders *)

The long pandemic is a kind of dark night.  And no matter how long a night is, it will be followed by the rising sun.  The darker the night, the more beautiful the sunrise will be.

The question then, after a long pandemic, where will the sun of harmony rise on earth?  It is quite convincing, the sun of harmony will rise from Bali.  There is some evidence.

First, after a long pandemic, earth leaders will have a high-level meeting in Bali.  Second, Club Med in Paris called Bali the happiest island on earth.

Third, Ubud Bali is even called one of the most beautiful cities on earth.  Again after a long pandemic.  How is the face of the rising sun, that’s the question then.

Long before Foucault’s postmodern philosopher, Derrida, Lyotard talked about “celebrating differences”, Balinese elders already understood the importance of being in harmony with differences.

Pay close attention to the heritage of Balinese elders regarding spatial planning.  North is black (Vishnu), south is red (Brahma), east is white (Ishwara), west is yellow (Buddha).

And the middle is brumbun (colorful).  Without using the word low-high, bad-good, it is a beautiful insight that Balinese elders respect differences. Even since ancient times.

In an age when educational averages are much higher, the earth is turning into a global village through social media, respecting each other’s differences is even more important.

Without the respect for all types of differences, the technology that dominates the earth today will make life grow far from harmony.  For that reason, let’s make the difference today.

First, in our time the brain is called the main organ.  That’s why it’s been researched by many people.  And in this field came the findings of neuroplasticity.  Or sometimes called brain plasticity.

In order to celebrate differences and help make the earth more harmonious, learn to make the brain flexible.  Not being too rigid with the left brain which is very attached to logic.

But also learn to be flexible, flowing and balanced between logic and feelings.  Leaders are no longer enough to “feel that he can,” but must also learn to be able to “can feel.”  Sensitive to any signs and then becomes the hand of Light.

Second, the brain is not the only intelligence in the human body.  The heart is another intelligence stored within.  The vibration of the heart is even thousands of times higher than that of the brain.

For that, identify the four spaces in the heart.  There’s a spoiled child inside.  Sensitive and always asking for protection. There is a clear heart.  Who sees everything in balance.

There is a wise heart.  Sometimes called wisdom (emptiness).  Not completely empty.  It contains compassion (compassion).  There is a brave heart (courageous heart).

Third, leaders will bring harmony to the earth, if a flexible brain works together with a clear heart.  There the colors turn into a harmonious symphony.

The practical step, when solving the problem of the Ukraine war or North Korea’s ballistic weapons, for example, is to avoid asking which country is at fault.  Let us ask what we have in common.

Our country may be different, our language may be different, but we both want harmony.  As inherited by Balinese elders, life will always be rich in colors.

In the hands of a leader whose brain is flexible and whose heart is pure and clear, a life rich in color will turn into steps that are full of Light.

*) If blessed, here is a snippet of Guruji’s message to the 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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