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Bright Old Age

Written by Gede Prama

There are increasing numbers of aging people who need much more attention. Not only is their body sleepless, their souls are also restless. To serve many spiritual seekers, it is worth contemplating to divide life into two chapters. Suppose we are blessed by the age of 80, the first 40 years are chapter one. The next 40 years are chapter two.

In the first chapter the body is still strong, the concentration is also still strong. For that reason, it is easy to understand that in the beginning of life humans are hungry to accumulate many things. Sadly, too many people whose bodies have entered the second chapter, but how they grow is still like the first chapter. The end is predictable, life collapsed bringing a lot of sadness and sorrow.

In order to make spiritual friends not collapse, there is no other choice but to enter the second chapter by growing in a different way. In summary, there are three steps that should be passed into in the second chapter; transformation, distinction and completion. It looks easy, but it’s a very difficult spiritual journey.

As many human beings begin to age, at the beginning of the second chapter a person will end up like a cocoon that transforms into a butterfly. Pain is an inescapable transformative power. And the longer the pain comes from the close people, who are so dearly loved.

The peak of the pain will come from the person who makes us unable to run. It can be children or parents. Most souls in this age collapse at this level. Mainly because of them keeping fighting and being rejected. At the end, they not only fail to enter the phase of distinction and completion, they also experience increasingly severe suffering. Many of them suffer because of stroke and many of them died in middle age.

That is the reason why, in the spiritual world, it has long been a message, only when a person perfectly surrenders, by then the spiritual energy begins to touch someone. Consequently, as soon as the pain approaches the level of transformation, learn to equip yourself with the ability to totally surrender.

Always keep in the heart, without pain the cocoon will not transfom into a butterfly. Without profound suffering, the soul will not escape the ladder of soul transformation. One of the faces of life that often appears in this stage, there are three flames that appear together. They can all potentially make a person’s life burn and collapse.

First, the wife enters menopause marked by a dramatically decreased sex libido, as well as emotions that tend to be more volatile. Second, the husband experiences an andropause characterized by an ascending sex libido. Third, one of the children grows into a teenager complete with a very tempting naughtiness.

Not too many old people can pass from this needle eye. Anyone who can escape from the last needle eye accompanied by total surrender, they enter the second phase of distinction. The spiritual sign, life began to feel distinct. Someone begin to be bored with material life, and longing to carry spiritual life. The gravitational pull of materiality decreases. At the same time, the soul is lifted by the law of levitation because it is touched by deep spirituality.

After passing through the needle hole of transformation and distinction, there the soul enters the gate of completion. At this level, the language is very poetic. One of the old poems that tells of a complete soul goes like this: “When I seek God I meet myself When I seek myself I meet God”.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
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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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