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Warrior of Light

Written by Gede Prama

The kind of people who are praised as a heroes in a certain age will determine where human civilization will grow later. In the very old caves in the Southern France and Northern Spain there are long paintings of heroes complete with the animals that they conquered. It is understandable, because in those days the so-called heroes are brave people who can defeat the beasts.

In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the earth was long frightened by the cold war between the two super powers. At that time, the people who mastered the atomic bomb technology were much-needed heroes. In this day and age the story is much different. The most feared people are no longer people with nuclear weapons, but terrorist bombers. Not only the ordinary people who are afraid of terrorist bombs, even superpowers must close their countries in order to be free from terrorist attacks. As a result, there are no signs that terrorist violence is going down.

To make the story short, since thousands of years ago the people who were praised as warriors were always those who grew in the midst of violence. Consequently, civilization continues to grow from one violence to another violence. It is unimaginable what happens in the capital cities where there are many people, even in the villages with few inhabitants social violence grows rapidly.

As has been recorded clearly throughout history, suicide rates, mental hospital residents, divorce rates are all constantly increasing everywhere. In some parts of the world we can see easily, many people can be full of violence simply because of a small matter.

In the midst of this long list of violence, what the world needs now is no longer a new weapon, but a new type of hero. Some years after US troops withdrew from Vietnam, a film called Rambo appeared with Sylvester Stallone as the actor. Again the symbol that this film shared is a symbol which is full of violence.

And after the appearance of the last film, the terrorists attacked in the United States became even more frightening. To repeat it once again, what the world currently needs is not a new weapon but a new heart. A kind of heart that can deeply see and deeply feel, that behind violence is not religion nor crime, but an unbearable suffering.

To the beautiful heart, we all suffer. The poor suffer because they are unable to eat. The rich people also suffer because of the fear of losing. While the poor countries suffer from lack of food, the rich countries suffer because of the fear of being attacked. In this insight, one is no longer watering the seeds of violence within. At the same time, the flower of compassion blooms within.

As the well-fertiled ground can produce beautiful flowers, a beautiful heart which feels the presence of misery everywhere can also share the beautiful light. It is not a coincidence that in this day and age the world admires Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, HH Dalai Lama, and Mahatma Gandhi. These figures are indeed born in different religions. But they all grow on the same land of unbearable suffering.

They all leave traces of messages, learn to recognize the suffering of mother earth from the beginning. Feel the pain of all beings without exception. Then allow suffering to water the seeds of compassion inside. Whenever the mind hardens, the emotion hardens, quickly soften the hard energy inside with a simple understanding: “we all suffer, we all want to be happy”.

As a starting point, it would be very good if parents can be the heroes of softness at home. It would be beautiful if school teachers become warriors of tenderness in schools. As early as possible keep children away from the environment which is full of violence. Through this approach, together we prepare for the birth of light warriors in the future. They are praised not because of the violence that they commit, but because of the compassion that they practice.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
Photo Courtesy: @gaillardojose.
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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