Contemplating the Perfection of Nyepi

“Does avidya (ignorance) also have to be accepted?”, once someone asked after being explained the beautiful message “accept, flow, smile”.

Like elementary school children, general public seekers must be limited by black-and-white signs. There are things to accept, there are things to be rejected. Bad things are thrown away, good things are hardly grasped.

Understandably, this is the nature of an elementary school child. If they are not restricted like that, they can handle electric shocks that endanger their lives.

But once the soul grows up, not only it will shine, there is an inner smile that comes with this message: “If there is no dirty mud, then there is no lotus flower”.

If there is no violence, people do not long for peace. If there are no bad people, people can’t understand who the good people are.

Mainly because night-day, bad-good, lotus-mud are inseparable. If you want to go deeper, look at the findings in neuro-science (the brain).

The brain can only understand if there are dualities such as wrong-right, dirty-holy. Without duality, the left brain in particular will fail to understand.

In other words, duality is the way the brain understands. Not reality itself. In order to grow harmony, train yourself to be a witness.

Confucius was one of the holy souls who was very diligent in this path, he said: “He who speaks does not understand, he who understands does not speak”.

As someone who is no longer young, I must say, Confucius is right. Perfect enlightenment is beyond all words.

Any human tongue would not take long to explain it. In the language of Bodhidharma: “Explaining enlightenment is like capturing space”.

In this spirit, it is appropriate to bow deeply to the Balinese elders who previously decided to celebrate the Saka New Year with the Nyepi day (Silent Day).

As is often shared, words are the stick of help for the young soul. But a heavy burden for the soul that has flown. May all beings be happy.

Video caption: Guruji at Ashram

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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