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Beautiful Religion

Written by Gede Prama

When you have spare time like waiting for a plane, try to imagine someone who can not see any goodness within you. It is better if you have a person who keeps harming you along your life. The clearer the image of the person the better. Once his or her face is very clear inside, pay attention to the reaction of your body, thoughts and emotions. From the tight chest, a tense mind, until the disturbing emotion.

Most people usually run away from the last negative signs of their body, thoughts and emotion. Some like to drink coffee, some others choose to eat chocolate. That is why they are circling around from one suffering to another suffering. If you are interested in growing into a beautiful and a deep soul as well, look clearly and cleanly (by which read: without judgment, wthout bad and good, without resistance) to the tight chest, tense mind, and uneasy feelings. Meet the inner discomfort like well-experienced gardeners encountering dry leaves that are in the process of metamorphosizing into beautiful flowers. Say “Yes” sincerely and truthfully. Initially there is an inner fight within, one uncomfortable energy fight against the other uncomfortable energy. Again, learn to say “Yes” to all inner discomforts

All forms of discomfort that come from body, mind and emotion are telling about the tiny eggshells that wrap the soul. That is the reason why countless human beings grow from a small soul to another tiny soul. From one anger to another anger. Anyone who is diligent and sincere, and does not easily give up saying “Yes” to the skin of this small self, one day will be able to make this egg shell broken. As soon as the egg shell of discomforts is broken, the tiny self disappears, at the same time the Great self is reborn.

In Eastern philosophy, the Great Self is often referred to God as interbeing. God as connectedness. Everything is well-connected. In the world of quantum physics, there has been a long message like this: “The broken wings of a butterfly in Okinawa have an effect on the weather in Australia”.
It is the last deep awareness that makes the British elders, the elders in Java and Bali teach the next generation to speak in a soft and polite language. Particularly because one who is soft in everyday life, will be nurtured back to life into a person who is also soft.

The terrorist bomb that exploded in Bali twice gave deep lessons, not only to millions of Balinese who were difficult to grow then, the Muslim friends from East Java who earned a lot of money by selling eggs, fruits, vegetables in Bali also had trouble earning a living. Many Muslim friends in Magelang Central Java tell the truth, they were also finding it difficult to get a living from tourists after the Bali bombing. Both the butterfly stories in Okinawa, as well as the terrorist bombings in Bali, both talk about God as connectedness.

In the midst of the world that is heating up by this violence and that violence, including the violence caused by religions, it is worth sharing to the public the face of God as connectedness. Previously this is only a story in the mystical world, now it has entered the laboratory area. As beautifully written by the Austrian-born physics practitioner Fritjof Capra, Ph.D in his book The Tao of Physics, when the observer changed the behavior of atoms also changed. It is an evident that there is hidden links between the observers and the atoms. The social anthropologist Gregory Bateson in his masterpiece, “Steps Into an Ecology of Mind,” calls this “the pattern that connects”. There is a pattern that connects everything. Again he talked about God as connectedness.

The legendary novel that tells the story of samurai Miyamoto Musashi who seeks perfection of the soul also tells a similar story. Musashi spent many years in the open nature, complete with all the challenges, then he meet a hidden connection. The story of Svetaketu in the Upanishads that tells of a bright young man who experienced perfection, also shared a story of a soul that has connectedness in the open nature.

In the West in particular, it has long aroused a generation who are interested in studying shamanism as the oldest religion on earth. In America the most popular person is Joseph Campbel, in Australia it is Robert Moss. After knowing their ceremony, their deep appreciation to mother nature, their prayers, again they talked about God as connectedness. On this spiritual path often comes a message like this: “How hard you feel inside, always remember that people are not enemies. The real enemy is ignorance (avidya)”. To put it more precisely, the ignorance of God is connectedness.

In the world of God as connectedness, many followers often agree with this brief yet deep conclusion: “One who does not see any flaw in other’s religion, they are honestly saying their religion is a beautiful religion”. This is the face of “religion” that is being sought by so many younger generations. While some people do love being scared of hell, and lured by heaven. On this path, love is the natural nature of human beings. It is as natural as a flower which is beautiful, as natural as the sky which is peaceful. Consequently, people care for others like a right hand caring for the injured left hand.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo: Pinterest.
Proofread By: Kirsty Spence.

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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