Rich Souls

Written by Gede Prama

Reading the very intensive news about a very high government official who is being forced to the court because of corruption brings a lot of empathy. Especially because someone with such a high rank and a high dignity is chased like chasing a criminal. At the peak of his confusion and fear, he even experienced a dangerous car accident on the highway.

A similar story about rich people also happened in developed countries. A friend who is a psychologist in the United States shared his story, in the time of holiday months like December, the number of stressful and depressful people increases rapidly. Especially because in the holidays times, some people have to spend a long time together with family members whose spirits are extremely different. From a very demanding mother-in-law, until a brother-in-law who can only see bad things.

Summarized into one, not only the poor who need strong endurance of life in this day and age. The rich also need a strong endurance of life. Without this kind of endurance, both the wealthy and the poor have the potential to make their souls collapse and enter the abyss.

Spiritual friends whose spiritual eyes are widely opened know, what one encounters outside depends on what they have developed inside. Like a fisherman who is carrying a net, naturally he will approach the ocean. Similar to a carpenter who carries an axe, he will lightly step into the forest.

In the same way, the people who are full of resistance and intolerance inside, naturally they will invite resistance and intolerance outside. On the roof of earth, named Tibet and Japan, there is a beautiful story like this. A series of contemporary reflections worthy of today’s human challenges.

One day there was a giant who wanted to eat sheep in Tibet. But the giant fails. No matter how many time the giant tried, he still fails. Having known this, it turns out that the Tibetan king at that time diligently and sincerely meditating acceptance and tolerance inside. The king is even ready to give some of his body as a food for the other creatures.

In Japan also a similar story, whenever natural disasters happened, the Emperor would go into the prayer room for days. Just come out for eating, drinking and taking a bath. During that time the Emperor will apologize to nature. Mainly because disasters provide input, that there is imperfection in the Emperor’s inner harmony.

Learning from here, no one forbids you to work, no one prohibits you to try, but it is very important to embrace with full acceptance every result that comes in your life. Especially to make the inner-harmony grow well and balanced. It is the last inner harmony that will invite the coming of outer harmony in your life.

That is the reason why, in the meditation sessions I often shared the message: “Learning meditation is learning to rest from any forms of inner conflict”. From wrong against right, bad against good, sad against glad. Then, train yourself to always “rest” in the present perfection. At the same time always remember, everything is cyclical. Garbage grows into beautiful flowers, beautiful flowers spin into garbage. The same thing happens to sad-glad, sorrow-joy, blame-praise.

One who deeply embodies this message in daily life, someday they will understand through attainment, the person who has a lot of money is of course rich. But the ones who are full of acceptance inside are also rich. And the endurance of the last rich person is much stronger than the first one. Weather may continuously change, but deep inside the second rich person will continue to grow in harmony.

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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