Opening the Secrets of the Soul

Written by Gede Prama

In the science realm, once a question is being answered, then that particular question will be closed. For example, once found in a round shape, the question of how the shape of the earth was immediately closed. But in the world of human sciences, there are many questions that can never be closed. It was asked by humans from time to time. The answers will be differ from time to time, from one person to another. For example, what is happiness, what is truth, what is the secret of the soul, and a myriad of other questions. By not pretending to answer the question thoroughly, this short article is one of the ingredients for the Light seekers. At least providing a glimpse of Light in the middle of the night. In simple but deep language, there are two evolutionary human souls. First is from pain to recovery. The second is from recovering to being enlightened.

From pain to recovery

A doctor’s friend asked, do all people have mental injuries? As far as history can see, even holy souls have something they are looking for. If you don’t want to be said to have a mental wound. That is why Gautama Buddha sought his mother in the divine realm after experiencing enlightenment. Jesus Christ once disappeared, presumably he was looking for his father. Part of the signs of souls that need healing are lack of inner feeling, often dissatisfaction, many complaints and little resistance. Even worse if you often have nightmares, you are often burned with anger. The most severe when the body has been attacked by chronic diseases such as cancer, or often hear suicidal whispers. There are many paths to recovery, of course. What we want to share here is simple, “weaving” a frightening past into a hopeful future.

To be honest, everyone has their own different stories. While sick people are made more sick by the inner stories that have taken place, a healing soul can weave those stories into the seeds of Light. In order for the friends to be cured (not killed) by the inner story that has happened, there are several meditations available. First, keep away from all forms of negative interpretations such as sin and hell. In psychology there is an old message about self-fulfilling prophecy. What you believe to be excessive (including sin and hell) can become a reality later. Second, water the beautiful seeds inside. Can be through reading, spectacle, or association. No matter how bad someone’s past, there is always a beautiful seed inside. Third, strengthen the beautiful tree inside through love in action.

A friend told me that he was very shy until he was 29 years old. The most important reason, since he was young, people often insulted his big nose. There are even childhood friends who are so insulting and said like this: “Don’t get close to him. He have big nostrils. If he takes a deep breath, you can be sucked in.” The shadow of this unattractive shape of the nose continues to follow frighteningly. Until one day this friend met a Chinese businessman who muttered convincingly like this: “I have never met a nose who is as lucky as your nose”. After this incident, this friend “weaved” a bad story from the past into a beautiful light into the future. This belief made him experience a lot of luck in life.

Another friend has another story. He was breastfed by his mother until he was 8 years old. It took decades to “weave” this story into a beautiful light. One day this friend met Dr. Thomas Bien (Finding the center within), a doctor of psychology who is also a meditation teacher. There is a secret about healing the soul. Feelings of fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, anger are mental wounds from childhood that surface. And the recommended step of healing is to hold a soul wound from childhood, just like a mother holding her lovely baby. As a result, this friend not only recovered, but also grew into a bearer of Light. Countless people with mental injuries were guided by this friend. This is exactly what is called “weaving” a frightening past into a hopeful future.

From recovery to enlightenment

While healed souls are called purified, enlightened souls are called perfected. Purified people usually have very few complaints, are not interested in competing excessively, happy to be who they are. Borrowing an old message: “Being able to be yourself in the midst of a world that constantly tempts us to be someone else is truly a luxury”. Especially because over-copying others, including imitating enlightened beings, makes it easy for someone to feel alienated in their own bodies. The issue of time, the person concerned will be tired, restless, anxious and full of anger. From here can also be born various dangerous diseases. From here can also come whispers to commit suicide.

That is why, a number of enlightened Teachers such as J. Krisnamurti in his masterpiece entitled Freedom From The Known, seduced many people to leave all stories. Including leaving the story of the Buddha, Shri Krishna, and Sang Rama. In more straightforward language: “Any kind of story is a trap”. If simplified, human stories can be divided into historical self (historical self such as birth year, what kind of family he was born into, where he/she went to school ), emotional self (feeling that has emerged since childhood complete with grief and joy), logical self (the belief of right and wrong), social self (one’s status in society), to spiritual self (longing to be enlightened and liberated). And on the road to enlightenment, all these self-concepts are a trap. Especially because life flows, while the stories don’t flow.

It was from this deep awareness that the witnessing self was born. It is as simple as a blue sky that witnesses all the clouds that pass by. Sadness and suffering are like dark clouds. Pleasure and happiness are like white clouds. And both of them are impermanent, appear and disappear. Kicking sadness, or grasping pleasure together makes a person fail to grow. And the eternal witness saw everything without a framework at all. Without being right or wrong, without good or bad, without hell or heaven. But not ignorant and uncaring. As with the nature of wet water, the beautiful nature of flowers, the nature of a person who is one with the Witness, who has eternally grown beautiful. The sign is happy with how to make other people happy.

One day there was a Zen Teacher who was tired of meditating here and there. After being tired, he returned to Zen Temple to help his friends cook. One morning he got the task of buying rice. At the rice shop, this friend asked for the best rice. Agile and straightforward, the owner of the rice shop answers like this: “Everything is the best”. In other words, everything that happens is the best. Upon hearing an explanation like this, this Zen Master immediately experienced enlightenment. In summary, enlightenment is a blue ocean and a green hill. Everything is perfect as it is. At this level, all stories are perfect stories. In the language of English singer Phil Collins: “No more words”. There is nothing more to tell. The Balinese elders call it Nyepi lan ngewindu (perfect silence). Welcome to the home of beautiful souls.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo Courtesy: Pinterest.
Translated By: Family Compassion.

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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