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Uprooting The Deepest Roots of Suffering

Written by Gede Prama

At school, children are taught to accept the good, discard the bad, glorify the right and expelling the wrong.  As you know, that is how the world of children.

Only few realize that indulgence to accept the positive, and throwing away the negative is actually the deepest root of all suffering.  Once again this is the deepest root of all suffering.

In the old times, this was just an opinion by some people, but nowadays it has been proven through many studies, how the conflicted brain releases a lot of the toxic cortisol.

The more a person desires the positive, the harder the negative forces comes to seduce him.  This is the brain that releases a lot of toxins.

One day, we were visited by a meditation student whose outer appearance was like a Rangda (photo attached).  She made many meditation friends very scared at that time.

During that time, Mbok Nyoman (pseudonym) was approached and even hugged by Guruji.  Later accompanied by Guruji’s wife, she visited Guruji house for three times.

With a noble intention to learn more about her experience. Even, Mbok Nyoman come to the Ashram with some offerings. Then she pray fervently.

The lesson here is, we all have negative-positive energy inside. We All.  The deepest roots of suffering begin to be uprooted when we learn to embrace both.

When visited by bad memories, Guruji likes to whisper like this: “Not only is the violence on the outside is also the part of me, the pain on the inside is similar too”.

It’s a form of meditation in action.  Imagine someone who hates leftist forces too excessively.  And then He always cut the left side of the bamboo.

No matter how hard he cut the left side, there would always be a left.  If it continues to be cut, it will lose the entire bamboo stalk.

The same thing happens if an adult apply the logic of “school kids” as in the story at the beginning.  Over time, you will lose everything in life.

That is why, many old scriptures have teaches us to see life as a wholeness.  Because there is darkness then there is light.

Because there is violence, people become long for peace.  For that reason, reduce your anger when you see other people angry.  It is like darkness which makes the Light brighter.

Then guide yourself to a beautiful smile in the middle.  From the beginning that has no beginning, night and day cannot be separated.  Likewise with samsara-nirvana.

He who reaches here will understand through personal attainment, the holy land is not a place without suffering.  But it is inside the heart that understands that suffering is here to make happiness becomes profound.

Once here, the deepest roots of suffering begin to be uprooted.  The brain does not need to release too many toxins.  Instead, it releases a lot of medicine.

If you are blessed, you too begin to walk the beautiful path of being a bearer of Light.  In Mahatma Gandhi language: “My life is my message”.

Such beautiful souls share the beautiful Light not through speech, but more through examples.  May all beings be happy.

Photo caption: This is one of the local geniuses of the island of Bali (rangda).  Common people call it the most feared leftist force.  Once again for common people.

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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