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Old Wisdom that Headed for Extinction

Written by Gede Prama

In many forests on earth, especially in Bali, elders love to build sacred places. It is not only a “spiritual home” for many people, but also helps protect the forest from being hurt by human hands. Sadly, that’s an old story. In this era, even the forest that contains the most sacred shrines, its land and trees are stolen by people.

It is very Sad indeed. Like it or not, that’s how the times go. Guided by this sadness, the Compassion family has saved more than 5 hectares of forest in the sacred Bukit Sinunggal area, North Bali. Thousands of trees which were planted in the early 2000s are already starting to grow. Now added with tens of thousands more of sacred trees planted in the same area.

When sharing Cahaya in prisons throughout Bali, one of the inmates there once asked: “What do you mean by lecturing us from year to year?”. Understandably, this question comes from a resident who lives in the prison. As is the nature of water that is wet, the nature of a flower which is beautiful, the nature of the bearer of Light certainly is to share the Light.

No other motive, no grandiose intentions. They are just carrying out their own natural calls. Not more and not less. Just as water and flowers that give many benefits to life by carrying out their natural calling, humans who carry out their own natural calling naturally also will benefit many living beings. It’s that simple and straightforward.

Video caption: The state of Bukit Sinunggal Temple this afternoon 12-3-2021, when the Compassion spiritual family led by the head of Ashram household affairs, Mr. Kadek Optimist, was planting thousands of sacred trees there

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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