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The magnet of peace from Bali…

As we all know, it’s hard to make the world leaders gather in the same place more than once. Strangely, the world leaders gather in Bali twice in the last one year. Firstly, it was  G20 summit last year, this year the world leaders again meet in Bali discussing the world collaboration on water. The spiritual message behind, it’s like there’s magnet in Bali which attract the world ledars to come back again and again to Bali.

The question then, what’s the magnet behind?. It’s hard to deny, it’s the magnet of peace. As has been practiced for years, the peak of prayers in Bali is peace. Holy water is the innermost core of Bali local genius. Only in Bali the new year is celebrated with silence day. Above all, the Balinese elder called God as Hyang Embang (The Ultimate silence).They all create the magnet of peace in Bali.

Now look at history, along the history there are leaders who serve violence.
The war in Ukraine and Israel-Palestine border, they all come from the leaders who serve violonce. To be frank, its the war inside which create the war outside. Hatred, anger, jeolousy, envy are examples of war inside.

After two times of world leaders summit in Bali within short period, it’s time to share the magnet of Bali to the world leaders. To the lovers of solitude who seriousley end the war inside, ultimately it’s between you and you. The war happen between you and you. Peace also bloom because the interaction between you and you. This is also the main characteristic of the leaders who serve peace.

To give a real examples of leaders who serve peace – not violence – here are some real life examples. Throughout history, certain world leaders have distinguished themselves by their unwavering commitment to peace and nonviolence. These figures have often navigated complex political landscapes to foster dialogue, understanding, and reconciliation. Their contributions are celebrated not just for their immediate impacts but for the enduring legacies they leave behind. Among these notable leaders are Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, HH Dalai Lama.

Mahatma Gandhi is perhaps the most iconic figure associated with nonviolent resistance. Leading India to independence from British rule, Gandhi’s philosophy of “satyagraha”, or “truth force,” advocated for social change through nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience. His leadership in movements such as the Salt March and the Quit India Movement exemplified his belief in achieving political and social objectives without resorting to violence. Gandhi’s approach not only succeeded in liberating India but also inspired numerous civil rights movements around the world, including the American Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King Jr.  .

Nelson Mandela was the first Black president of South Africa, is another leader who epitomized the power of peace and reconciliation. Imprisoned for 27 years due to his activism against apartheid, Mandela emerged from prison not seeking revenge but advocating for forgiveness and unity. His leadership in the peaceful transition of South Africa from a racist apartheid regime to a democratic society earned him global admiration. Mandela’s efforts culminated in the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which aimed to heal the country by addressing the atrocities committed during apartheid through restorative justice rather than retribution .

HH Dalai Lama is a great story in human life. Eventhough he lost almost everything – from his country until his palace – there is no sign that this Buddhist monk spread the spirit of violence. He continously spread the spirit of peace world wide. Until one day he was awarded with Peace Nobel Prize in 1989, awarded by US and Canadian senates as honorary citizens. In brief, he does not allow violence outside give birth to violence inside. On the contrary, the violence outside is transformed into peace inside.

These leaders, through their actions and philosophies, have shown that pursuing peace is not merely about avoiding conflict but about actively creating environments where dialogue, understanding, and cooperation can flourish. They have demonstrated that true leadership lies in the ability to inspire others towards the ideals of justice and peace, even in the face of immense challenges. Their legacies continue to inspire current and future generations to seek peaceful solutions in an often turbulent world.

In short, may Bali magnet of peace spread all over the world. Lessening the suffering of countless beings, increasing the happiness of all beings in the samsaric realms.

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Shambala meditation center: bellofpeace.org, belkedamaian.org
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About the author

H.H. Guruji 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.

more details on Gede Prama can be found on https://www.gedeprama.com

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