Knowledge that Save Our Life

Written by Gede Prama

The inventor of the atomic bomb may not have thought at first that his discovery would end the lives of many human beings.  Likewise, the inventor of artificial intelligence technology, which is now very influential.  Maybe they didn’t think, if their findings would make the earth this chaotic.  Life on earth with the pandemic crisis is becoming very uncertain.

Learning from this, be careful with knowledge.  It can be a deadly sword, or it can be a saving Light.  It depends on how humans use their knowledge.  If knowledge is used to attack other people – for example to demean other people’s religion, knowledge can open the doors of danger and disaster.  There have been so much evidence on this.

Therefore, as many people suggest, never use knowledge as a magnifying glass to find the shortcomings of others.  Use knowledge to beautify the soul garden inside.  Whenever knowledge shares Light, use the Light to illuminate the darkness within.  Not adding more darkness to the darkness outside.

Studies on perpetrators of violence in many religions have shown that mental wounds in childhood in particular give birth to a lot of resentment within.  This resentment and hatred then guides the perpetrators of violence to only choose holy verses that justify their anger.  The final act are then can be predicted, religion that was born as a source of Light has become a source of darkness.

The guidance message then, be aware of your innerself when opening the holy scripture.  The eyes, brain and organs of the human body are not completely clean mirrors.  While studying, they only choose what they want to see.  That is why, in all religions, people are advised to be quiet and clear when opening holy books.  Balinese elders even suggested not to open the holy book on the day when Saraswati’s knowledge was revealed.

Of course, so that our minds and hearts will be more quiet and clear.  Collecting knowledge is certainly good.  But implementing knowledge in everyday life is even better.  Allowing knowledge to give birth to tranquilness and inner peace is the best.  It is not only heal the soul inside, but it will heal the environment too.

As a practical guide for all friends, life is like a painting.  The painting is beautiful not only because the hands add new colors to the soul paper, but also dare to erase some of the colors that have been etched.  Gathering knowledge in youth in particular is similar to adding new colors to the soul paper.

But once you grow up, and becoming more mature, have the courage to remove some of the colors that have been etched.  Forgiving the past, forgetting the knowledge that breeds anger and hatred are some courageous steps that should be taken in old age.  Without this kind of courage, old age will be dark and a heavy burden.

It is understandable why J. Krisnamurti’s masterpiece was entitled “Freedom from the known”.  There is a time in life to learn to break free from what we already known.  So that judgment and hatred disappear.  What remains then is only a clear and clean mind.  Happy holidays on the day of knowledge, Sarasvati Day.

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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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