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The True Noble Soul

Written by Gede Prama

A friend from Jakarta asked with amazement after reading the news that there was a certain religious leader whose presence was refused in Bali through a demonstration: “How can such violence happen in a land of tolerance like Bali?”. Whether you like it or not, that’s the cycle of the times.

To be honest in every place and every religion there are burning souls as well as blooming souls. The dominant feature of burning souls is that they are shaken by the inner resistance. Any resistance that they make outside is just a reflection of the very disturbing rejection that has happened inside.

Intensives studies on extremist groups in many religions and many countries show that extremists tend to be full of fear and having deep inner resistance. Since they are deeply frightened, they suspect others will attack them. And before people outside attack them, they take the initiative to attack first.

The story behind the blooming souls is different. The blossoming of the inner soul is characterized by a perfect acceptance of life as it is. Especially because the blooming souls have understood through achievement, it turns out that in all cycles of time there is set back as well as progress. While the burning souls like to make a profit from all set backs, the blooming souls see both set back and progress as they see night and day.

The beauty of the day can be felt because human being have passed countless nights. The beauty of peace will be deeply felt when there is violence everywhere. For that reason, the presence of burning souls everywhere – including in Bali – is not seen as an attacking force of blooming soul. On the contrary, the presence of burning souls makes society deeply miss the presence of blooming souls.

That is also the reason why blooming souls throughout the ages say goodbye to fear, as well as being the close friend of beauty. The combination of the disappearing fear, with the appearance of beauty, that’s the thing that makes the blooming souls grow in a peaceful and beautiful way.

The spiritual homework then, as the natural nature of water which is wet, the natural nature of flowers which is beautiful, the natural nature of the blooming souls they find happiness and peace by sharing smile and compassion.

While the beginners struggle to be good, some even have a fear of hell, blooming souls find happiness in kindness. It is as simple as fishes that swim in the water, as natural as birds flying in the air. There is no fear there, there is only beauty.

A spiritual friend who spent a long time alone in the forest for years telling stories, at the beginning there was often visits by strange spirits that created fear. As soon as the inner resistance disappears, the inner beauty appears, even the frightening beasts like snakes show signs of respect.

As widely known, in Buddhism some of the spiritual friends who use holy shirts are given the title of His holiness (another name for noble soul), but for the blossoming souls, this is the true noble soul. They do not become noble souls because of changing clothes, but they become noble souls because of replacing fear with beauty. Replacing resistance with acceptance. Transforming anger into a flower.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo Courtesy: Pinterest.
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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