Songs of Compassion

Written by Gede Prama

There was a touching story that truly happened in the island of love Bali few times ago. One day a well-devoted son who loves his mother very much felt that the mother would die. In the midst of chaotic feelings, he asked his mother what to do when she die. With a touching smile the mother whisper: “take good care of your younger brother”.

And after the passing away of the mother, this beautiful heart takes good care of his younger brother. As the others deep spiritual journey which are signed by many obstacles and problems, this journey of taking good care of the little brother is also full of shocks. From the difficulty to find job, dealing with debt collectors until coming to the police office.

However, how hard the challenge is, from day to day, from month to month, from year to year, this beautiful heart constantly take good care of his little brother for the sake of his devotion to his beloved mother. It does not matter how deep he is wounded, he keep taking good care of the little brother.

In one night, the little brother stole the money of public donation in certain holy place. After he took the money, he called his older brother to pick him up at the sacred place where he stole the money. Once this beautiful heart was there, he did not find his little brother, but what he found was a rage crowd which attacked him, because the angry crowd thought that he himself who stole the public donations.

As time goes, the public know the true story behind. When people ask the police officers to release this beautiful heart and arrest his little brother, this shining soul calmly replied: “let me remain stay in prison for the sake of my devotion to my beloved mother, and my love to my younger brother”.

To be honest, that’s a profound spiritual journey. It does not only involve a lot of pain and wound, but also leaving behind deep spiritual lessons. While the ordinary people run away from pain and wound, some even strike back when they are hurt, luminous souls allow pain and wound to purify and perfect the spiritual journey.

Initially ego and selfishness fight back. As one totally surrender in the front of pain and wound, the ego getting smaller and smaller. The smaller the ego the less the suffering. The smaller the selfishness the brighter the soul. That is the direct experience that was found by luminous souls who grow deep spiritually.

For the ordinary souls, the above story is the story of a son who sacrifices his life to his beloved mother and little brother. But for the souls who deeply grow and glow, the above story is the story of an encounter with the great Self. The story of a deep spiritual connection.

And the powerful teacher is deep pain and wound, the compass is compassion. The combination between deep pain and deep compassion has been proved to be a short bridge to the great Self. Some religions called it God, Brahman, Nirvana, Tao.

At the stage of spiritual connection as touching as this, one would often hear a message like this: “the most important measurement of love is to love without any measurement”. This is what deep spiritual seekers called as life as songs of compassion.

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Author: Gede Prama.

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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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