Compassion

Surfers of Compassion

Written by Gede Prama

An intelligent young man who like to ask many questions one day raise a straightforward question like this: “is it true that soul home can only be found after death?”. Certainly, but not the ordinary death, it is the death of the ego and small self. Once the ego and small self dies, by then the door of soul home will naturally opened.

Sadly, in this age almost all human activities magnify ego and small self. In the world of sports, school, sales, people are driven by trophy and prize winner. Even in the spiritual world many people compete each others in order to be called being better. The result then is predictable. On the one hand such kind of competition brings joy to limited number of people temporary, on the other hand of it brings suffering to huge number of people for a long time.

For that reason, on the path of Tantra in particular, in the early stages of the journey the ego is slowly destroyed. There are many ways which are available in this case, from prostrations, or the way what Master Marpa did to his disciple Milarepa which was very painful. A holy teacher shared his story that he keep sweeping and mopping everyday just to keep the ego constantly shrinking everyday.

On the path of meditation, big ego is symbolized by someone who are carried away by the river of thoughts and emotions. That’s why many people are such dangerous when they get angry. Through the deep practice of witnessing, one learns to swim to the bank of river. The unique characteristic of Western psychology is analyzing. That’s why it’s called psychoanalysis. And Eastern psychology put much emphasis on the the importance of witnessing.

In the practical language of meditation, learn to recognize body as body not as yourself. Learn to recognize mind as mind, not as yourself. Learn to recognize emotion as emotion, not as yourself. Learn to recognize forms of thoughts as forms of thought, not as yourself. That’s how exactly to swim to the bank of river.

Anyone who deeply practice to witness like this, one day they can be standing in the bank of life river. The important characteristic of spiritual seekers who has successfully become a witness, all fears including the fear of death disappears completely.

That’s why one of the widely known Milarepa’s message is like this: “death is not death for a yogi, it is a little enlightenment”. In the life of yogis, death is no longer followed by fear. It is only a small stream of enlightening life.

At this stage, death is as simple as the falling dry leaves, it is as natural as water in the river kiss the lips of beach, it is similar to the clouds that fall into rain. There is no fear, there is no sorrow, there is no tears. Death is something which is very natural.

Some people call total freedom as a state without birth and death. A viewpoint that is worthy of respect. As light which can only be understood in the darkness, the state without birth and death can only be understood in the cycle of birth and death.

While the ordinary people were born here because of having karmic debts, the totally liberated souls were born here riding the surfboard of compassion. Life is actually full of waves, but the liberated souls are here riding the surfboard 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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