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The Island of Love

Written by Gede Prama

In Charles Darwin’s time, humans were placed as passive objects. Through out his theory of evolution, Darwin called humans as the result of natural selection that could not be resisted. In our time the story is quite different. There are many scientists like Gregg Braden who put humans as an active forces that help the creation of the face of nature and life. Recent scientific findings even shows, human bones from ancient times were extracted and were later found in the nucleus of their DNA, apparently humans play an active role in determining the face of the world and life. In this connection, the title of Bali as an island of love is not only the result of Elizabeth Gilbert’s fantasy through her masterpiece called “Eat, pray, love”, but also the result of perseverance of Balinese elders for thousands of years. Which convincingly makes Bali called the world as an island of love.

There are at least three strong evidences that still remain until now, how the Balinese people diligently and sincerely for thousands of years formed this island as an island of love. First, it does not mean to refer to different beliefs with less friendly designations, in Bali for thousands of years the underworld creatures who were frighteningly spooky-faced were treated and fed through treats. This is not a story about human fear in front of Satan. One more time it is not! But it tells the story of the perfection of love. For ordinary people, love is only worthy of being given to people or friendly creatures, or those who are bathed in praise. But for luminous souls, all beings deserve much love without any exception.

In simple but profound language, excessive hatred to the power of darkness is the same as extending the long list of darkness that has been long happened in this world. And the presence of darkness is cause by the absence of Light. In relation to this it is appropriate to show deep respect for the Balinese elders for inherited us a very deep spiritual teaching: “The power of darkness is not here to attack us, but they are here to perfect our love and affection”. In other words, because the presence of darkness that make the Light can radiate much brighter. And among all the Light that shines on the earth, the brightest one is love in action.

The second proof about Bali as an island of love, the human soul by Balinese elders is called “dewa ya kala ya”. There is a dark side and a bright side in the human soul. This is the seed of strong and healthy love. For humans who are unwell and suffering, the shortcomings are inner strengths that are only worthy to be discarded. The harder they try to get rid of their flaws, the more they will suffer inside. Through recognition of both of the dark and the bright side of the human soul, humans are invited to see the full and complete face of the human soul. In holistic modern language. The most universal symbol in this case is the circle of Yin-Yang that were created by the elders in China.

There is a dark side and a bright side in the yin-yang. In the dark areas there is a bright circle, in bright areas there is a dark circle. The practical meaning is there is evil in goodness and there is goodness in evil. That shows us, without any awareness to these things, even goodness can make people have anxiety problem. Especially when you expect too much that people who were once helped must help you back. The meaning of there is good in bad is because of the presence of bad people, then good people become more attractive and sympathetic. Because there are women who were less beautiful, beautiful women will look much more attractive. These are the seeds of deep and wonderful love. In the West there are those who write: “When I love myself enough, life blossoms in a beautiful way”. When a person loves himself in full and whole, then the life will beautifully bloom resembling a beautiful flower.

The third proof of Bali as an island of love, in places where nature make love, masculine hills are embraced by feminine oceans, there the Balinese elders had set up a holy place. Temples in Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Ponjok Batu, Pulaki, Sila Yukti are some examples of this. It told us brightly that there was a secret of a very deep soul behind the encounter of a masculine and feminine spirit. If you want to go deeper, why do men like women and why does women are attracted to men, it is because there is a longing for the soul unity. Women who are born feminine were lack of masculine energy. Men who are born masculine were lack feminine energy. A beautiful encounter between the two energy inside was what our soul’s sought for such a long time.

In the holy book, things like this get justification in the Tantra teachings. Only in Tantra there are saints who have life partners. One of them is Teacher Milarepa named Marpa. Another Tantra teacher named Saraha even explicitly calls sex as a path to enlightenment. A path that is strictly prohibited for the beginners. Especially because sex is like high voltage electricity. If you get stunned, you will die. But if you can process high voltage electricity into light, the light that is born here will be very bright.

In the world of healing and peace in the West, similar to the way of Tantra, there are those who recommend vitamin P (pleasure). One of them is sex. After being explored, it turns out that there are thousands of nerves that connect sex organs with parts of the brain that function to produce healing, happiness and peace hormones. In a woman’s body, there are eight thousand nerves. In a man’s body, there are four thousand nerves. This theory is supported by other findings, women who are prone to breast cancer, in a large percentage come from single parents. Woman who separated from her husband.

In summary, there is the secret of the Light behind the masculine-feminine encounters. There are love stories behind the holy places which are marked by hugs between mountains and oceans. Deeper than that, there is the secret of healing, happiness and peace there. It is the most sought after secrets in this era. And this secret can only heals and guides the soul back home if one treats oneself with love in action. From loving the family, loving his/her life calling, serving other people just like serving God, feed stray cats (dogs) on the streets and caring for plants and trees.

Merged into one, the name of Bali as an island of love is not only the findings and fantasies of Elizabeth Gilbert, but the seeds of love have been planted for such a long time here in this island. Since thousands of years ago. A very old love tree has grown here. And because the time of today’s age is very dark, this Light appears to the surface to illuminate the world. This is an invitation to all friends, let’s become an ambassadors of love in our everyday life. At least by doing less complaining and share lots of smiles. That is also why, the meditation shared by the Compassion family, always ends with the beautiful mantra Aham Prema (I am love who is here to share love).

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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