The Road Less Traveled

“To be born in a great place, one must die in a little place.”

A friend in Jakarta who is now a professor asked: “How can you not comment on the heated political situation?”

There are many paths to the top of the mountain. Politics is the path of the Ksatrias (warriors). There are many conflicts and even wars. Spirituality is the path of the Brahmins.

Far from conflict, or even war. Mixing the two, it is the beginning of a lot of danger. Worms do grow in dirty mud, but they make the soil fertile.

Eagles do fly high. Far from dirty mud. And he became a holy teacher for souls who long for freedom and peace.

That is why, Guruji has had no contact with the family where Guruji was born, nor has he had contact with his in-laws’ family, including old friends.

Not because Guruji dislikes interacting with other people. But because Guruji loves solitude. It is impossible to develop new energy if one continues to be in contact with the old energy.

There used to be a beautiful book called “The road less traveled”. This road is indeed traveled by far fewer people.

Despite being polite and courteous, the Compassion family was once shouted at by the former governor of Bali, shouted at by pecalang (village security guards), and expelled from the monastery.

Guruji’s wife even fainted because one of the neighbors was about to hit her. But never allow the violence outside to steal the kindness within.

We remain and continue to share kindness every day without any holiday. On this path the message is often heard, if you are hated by bad people, it is a sign that you are a good person.

If the drunkard, the brawler, the corruptor hates you, that’s good news. At least you are not the same as them.

I would be grateful if one day I could shine a light on them. As Paulo Coelho once said: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion”.

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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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