My “religion” is Love

After being kicked out four times from the monastery, and roughly kicked out by a pecalang (village security guard) from a temple in Bali, the spirit inside was heartbroken.

At the height of this sorrow came a voice inside: “Go to Pemuteran”. A tourist center in West Buleleng, North Bali. Pemuteran in Balinese means to take the opposite direction.

It was true, one afternoon when we just arrived at Pemuteran, witnessed by some of Compassion’s close friends, we were greeted by a cloud in the shape of Love.

Moments later, the Love-shaped cloud changed to the Arabic script that wrote ‘Allah’ (God). One of the hotel staff whispered, 10 minutes walk from the hotel there is a temple.

But after walking 30 minutes on the beach, the temple could not be found. After going back, underfoot there was a white stone again in the shape of Love.

When looking for photos on Facebook for writing material – still in Pemuteran – suddenly the screen says something like this: “Open the book next to you. Page 18 paragraph 4”.

It turned out that there was a Tatvamasi writing on it. Complete with an explanation: “From a beginning that has no beginning, Atman (soul) has never been separated from Brahman (God)”.

In elementary schools, we were taught that Tatvamasi means I am you and you are me. A very beautiful expression of love.

Because the message was so clear, Guruji prayed at the temple inside the hotel area. While lighting the incense from the mountain ahead there are 3 Lights welcoming.

This series of messages says, what the world needs now is not a new religion. But a new love. To be precise, The love that is filled with an understanding that in the suffering of others there is also our own suffering.

In the happiness of others, there is also our own happiness. And that story was documented by the April 2003 edition of the men’s magazine Matra (photo attached).

Which contains a long interview with men’s magazine Matra with Guruji in 2003. Matra took 8 pages to cover this interview. After a long interview, the editor of Matra magazine telephoned very politely.

“As a result of the interview, we gave the article title: My Religion is Love. This morning during sunrise, a message was heard at the Ashram: “As long as there’s love in the heart, all religions are beautiful religions”.

May all beings be happy. Hopefully all friends are in good health and happy with their family.

Photo: Front cover and pages of the April 2003 issue of Matra men’s magazine
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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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