The Hug of Compassion

Written by Gede Prama

Many seekers on the path of light asked impatiently, how can we meet the light quickly? One of the beautiful way to meet the light is to see every being as light. This approach is called mirroring. It is similar to see a light in the mirror, the one who see the mirror also gets the reflected light.

After hearing this opinion, a woman asked impatiently: “do the liars also bring light to us?”. Certainly, especially when one learns deeply after being cheated. Look at the characteristics of the liars, the way they lie to you. After deeply learning from this, the chance of being cheated next time is far smaller.

With this perspective in mind, light seekers will meet mirror that reflecting light everywhere. Every beings you encounter keep reminding that you are light. Every beings keep ringing the bell of consciousness that you are light which grow in a body, you are not a body who are looking for a light.

On the path of meditation especially, here’s the way to put this idea into practice. Whenever there is a chance, try to breathe bit slower than usual. Breath in, I am light. Breath out, I’m sharing the light to the world.

This is not a fantasy which is not supported by holy books. Many sacred books which telling that soul is light. Many spiritual seekers know and see the light already. In a simple logic of electricity, whenever the negative and the positive are synthesized (not rejecting the negative or attaching to the positive), then naturally light will appear.

As a result, slow but sure the darkness of ignorance and anger within are illuminated. This explains why the face of some spiritual seekers are shining, their messages are full of light, their life become source of light to the many.

When Nelson Mandela was ready to leave the prison, he whispered to himself like this: “If I do not forgive those who put me in jail for 27 years, I will bring a prison in my head wherever I go”. This is the story of light. Even after being imprisoned for 27 years, Mandela was still able to forgive.

One day HH the Dalai Lama was asked: “Your holiness, are you going to reborn?”. With a smile the receiver of peace Nobel in the year of 1989 replied: “Of course, there is no doubt about it”. When he was asked back, where he will reincarnate, with a calm face this honorary citizen of United States replied: “I will reborn wherever I will be needed. If I will be needed in the realm of animals then I will reincarnate as animal.”

While most spiritual seekers are very busy of freeing themselves from the realm of samsara, the luminous souls like HH the Dalai Lama took a vow like this: “as long as there is space, as long as there are beings, let me take rebirth again and again to dispel the darkness of suffering”.

This is the characteristics of luminous souls who met the light already. While the ordinary people hate the darkness, light say thank you to darkness. Simply because the kindness of darkness then we can see the beautiful light. In this level of attainment, life changes his face into the hug of compassion. Light is here not to be the enemy of darkness, light is here to illuminate the darkness.

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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