Compassion

Full Moon Dialogue at Ashram Avalokiteshvara

Written by Gede Prama

Questioner: In the midst of many people nowadays that have high level of education, is prayer still needed?
Inner Guru: Of course it’s necessary.  But the way to pray is adapted to the demands of the times and the ever-changing biorhythms of nature.  Try less on guiding the high educated young people with threatening dogmatic prayers.  Guide them to pray through real day to day action.  At least teach them to pray not to do any kind of violence in their own mind.

Questioner: Why is there more emphasis on prayer through action, not prayer through speech like in the past?
Inner Guru: People today prefer the short term effects of prayer.  Which can be felt immediately. As an example, If we do not hurt others, naturally the chances of other people’s attacks will decrease, their inner connection with the environment will improve, the life temptation will be less, they can sleep much better, they will eat more easily. People nowadays prefer those kind of examples.

Questioner: Is there an explanation behind the many people praying on a full moon night?
Inner Guru: Every holy Guru was born to bring different lesson to be taught.  That’s why there are those who suggest praying on a full moon night, some suggest to pray on a half-moon night, some pray during a crescent moon, or some even suggest praying on a night where there is no moon at all.  Guide the public not to be fanatical.  Instead, identify yourself within then adjust the prayer time respectively.

Questioner: Can you be more specific?
Inner Guru: As can be seen with the naked eye, Shri Krisna cannot make everyone became Hindus, Buddha cannot make all human beings to believe in Buddha.  Likewise with other holy souls.  In order not to be complicated by so many old holy books, learn to dive broad and deep, learn to know yourself within.  Then choose the lessons and prayer time that is most suitable for you.

Questioner: It seems that inner self-identification here is emphasized a lot?
Inner Guru: have a deep thought about it.  When humans see the reality outside, they are not only photographing the reality outside, but also meeting their inner-self.  For example, when entering a beautiful garden, a person who have a very strong left brain will count the number of the trees that grows in that garden, on the contrary a person with a strong right brain will feel easily feel ease after seeing a green leafy tree.  You see, eventhough they are both seeing the same exact garden, but because of the different structures of intelligence, these two type of humans can come to a different kind of conclusions.  The same case with human interaction with the sacred teachings.  If you can recognize your inner-self you can be alert to what ever titled “truths” that are sent by the brain.  So there is no need to use any sacred teachings to poison the journey of the soul.  For example, using sacred teachings to hurt others.

Questioner: Are there many people who are confused about how to identify their innerselves?
Inner Guru: Yes and try to understand, because modern education places too much emphasis on learning on the outside.  If a person is sensitive enough to signs both inside and outside, there are actually an abundance of signs that can guide a person to find his innerself.  From childhood dreams, very memorable experiences when you first enter school, the characteristics of people who are easily make you feel comfortable, school lessons that you love and are easy to understand, beautiful places that continue to follows in your memory, and a myriad of other examples.  Try to balance the modern education that is too focused growing on the outside with an inward spiritual cultivation.  In time, humans can surely recognize their own innerselves.

Questioner: So, not everyone are actually fit to pray on the Full Moon?
Inner Guru: You have read for yourself the results of researches that show that stress and depression tend to increase during Full Moon nights.  But that doesn’t mean praying on the Full Moon is wrong.  Again it is not!.  But the increase number of stressed people on the full moon are just an input that the prayer time of that particular is at another cycle of time.  At the same time, it also provide an input that the line of their Guru is also different.  Use these feeling of stress during the full moon period as an opening key to find your most suitable prayer time, as well as looking for other lines of Guru.  While learning, do respect other people who feel beautiful praying during the full moon.

Questioner: Now is there a connection between humans who do not recognize their innerselves and this super long crisis?
Inner Guru: Of course there is.  Confusion, panic, fear are actually a clean and clear mirrors of how far man is away from his innerself.  It is similar to a worm being forced to grow amidst beautiful flowers, or a butterfly being forced to grow in the mud.  Too many humans panic and fear, makes their fate like the butterflies in the mud.  Being too competitive, learning to heavily on the outer (material world) too much, then forcing oneself to conform to other people’s standards.  At the end of course panic and fear can arise.  The most dangerous thing is that when the leader is panic and afraid, and then spread that panic and fear to his people.

Questioner: Many friends are always waiting for suggestions how to be healthy and safe in this era?
Inner Guru: The message behind this crisis is clear. The crowds nowadays contain many dangers.  Solitude holds a lot of potential for Light.  Use this bright symbolic message to travel to the path of your innerself.  As you often quote from holy books: “The king of all knowledge is self-knowledge.”  You also quote Confucius frequently: “He who knows himself recognizes his enemy. He who knows both will triumph in every battle.”

Questioner: For friends who are busy providing necessities for their families, or have to find food to treat their hunger, is an inward journey possible for them?
Inner Guru: Of course it’s possible.  Use every encounter and every incident as a learning resources.  Ask your innerself, how did you become mature by what happened.  Train yourself to be sensitive to vibrations, especially because energy never lies.  When you feel uncomfortable inside, or even feel fear, protect yourself with politeness.  When inside feels safe and happy, be joyful in that place.  It is also a kind of journey within.

Questioner: Back to the matter of praying because today is full moon night, what kind of prayer should you pray in a holy place?
Inner Guru: Learn to pray because you are guided by beauty, not driven by fear.  The tips, go visit a holy place because you feel the beauty inside.  Be grateful.  Then along the journey and when in the holy place, focus on seeing the beautiful things.  Armed with this beauty inside then pray so that all sentient beings will experience the same beauty.  Most highly recommended, pray accompanied by beautiful actions.  From doing neat queues, cleaning any kind of dirt in the holy place, smiling to all people that you meet, and teach yourself to be less angry everyday.  That is the kind of prayer that is needed in this day and age.

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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