Compassion

Flower of Compassion

Written by Gede Prama

Some of younger generation have a unique way to grow. Whenever they argue, they keep denying. It seems that they find happiness in denying the others. The daily menu of these people are arguing. Whether the other’s arguments are valid or not, they simply argue. A path of growth that need to be respected.

Students on the path of meditation are different. From day to day meditation keeps guiding not to give food to the thought. Arguing, denying, blaming, the feeling of being right at all time, are some of the foods of thought. Any one who often gives food to the thought like being praised, being recognized, then their mind will be bigger and bigger from day to day.

As a result, they can be easily suffer and have a lot of anger. This is in line with an opinion that is widely known in the world of meditation: “self is the gate of misery”. Any person who often claims to be higher, more powerful, better than the others, they enter the gate of misery.

All spiritual friends who grow deep in meditation know, the longer one’s distance to the reality the more they like debating, denying, arguing. The closer souls to reality, the more they miss deep silence. This happened to many practitioners from century to century.

The reason why deep meditators miss silence, because they are consistent not to give food to the thought. The step is simple, anything can happen in this moment (like sad-glad, pain-gain, etc.), simply hug them with the same smile. Consequently, as a matter of time thought will die. That’s why one important meaning of meditation is the death of mind.

A Tibetan master was asked about what should be done to the mind when we meditate, he easily answered: “nothing, simply let the mind flow naturally as it is”. In this approach, meditators stop feeding the mind, then practitioners grow closer and closer to silence.

At the home of silence, life is closer to the infinite ocean. Anything that comes in life is welcome and processed into materials of growth. Consequently, all debates disappear, all blaming disappear, and all hostility evaporates.

A Zen master who usually have respect to holy books, he always put holy book above the head before reading it, one day he behaved strangely. He put all sacred books into the furnace of fire. Of course his students were angry. With a calm face this Zen teacher whispered: “I no longer need words”

By writing this story it does not mean you can burn holy books. Once again it is not. Grow mature in logic and words young people. Until one day you will understand that words are only fingers that pointing to the moon. You do not go to the moon yet. From this understanding, then there is a need to understand not by debating but by putting the teachings into practice.

A series of understanding which is much deeper. At the peak of understanding through deep practice, spiritual seekers meet deep silence which is wordless. And as the natural nature of cloudless sky which is full of light, the natural nature of wordless mind is full of flowers. Not the ordinary flowers, but flowers of compassion.

Author: Gede Prama

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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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