The Peak of All Victories

In ancient times because there were no reading and writing devices, elders passed down sacred teachings through symbols. It happens all over the world.

On the island of love in Bali, today is the day of the Galungan Penampahan. The symbol is cutting the pig of ignorance (avidya). If this event is successful, tomorrow in Galungan we can be a winner.

Like studying physics, ignorance also has many levels. But among all ignorance, the most dangerous one is to assume that duality exists and is real.

As researched in the world of neuro-science (the brain), dualities such as right and wrong, sad and happy, that’s how the brain understands reality. But that is not the true reality.

The human brain can only understand light if there is darkness, only to understand white if there is a non-white color. Without duality, the brain will fail to understand.

The sad story is, since long ago many people have not been able to distinguish this: “Where is reality, what is the best way for the brain to understand reality”. At the end they only meet with endless suffering.

Look at the human eye from the past until now, almost all of them are full of suffering: “Cried when life doesn’t go as expected, laugh when life goes well as expected”.

In fact, life always moves beyond all expectations. Again, beyond all expectations. Suffering occurs, because it forces life to be equal to hope.

The seeds of healing and peace begin to grow beautifully within, once one puts hope in its original place as a servant.

Hope is only a temporary servant. That makes our morning more beautiful, that makes our life full of energy, that helps us more powerful in moving forward.

But don’t forget, once expectations are not met, return to the flowing nature of life. Whatever is born, must die one day.

As annoying and as fun as a person may be, he is bound to part. Remember, no matter how beautiful a beautiful flower is, it will become a waste.

Hence, the spiritual family of Compassion from the beginning has been guided by a concise but slick message: “Accept, flow, smile”. All is a dance of perfection.

Once integrated with the sacred dances in nature, one will only understand the message of Buddha Gautama in the form of anatta. There is no permanent self, there is only a flowing self.

There is no separate-self, there is an all-connected-self. In the language of physics, everything is connecting energy. The pious physicist Dr. David Bohm wrote: “Health comes from the word whole”.

Healing and peace can only be achieved by those who live in the beautiful house of God. At this stage, death is not accompanied by crying, it opens the door to freedom.

So understandably, the elders of the Indian tribes in America once said: “Returning back home as a hero”. When you die, remember to come home as a winner.

And among all the victories, the one that saves the soul’s journey the most is freedom. Krishnamurti calls it Freedom from the known.

The elders in China called it Tao. On the roof of the Tibetan earth it is called Rigpa. Balinese elders call it Embang (the ultimate silence). May all sentient beings be happy.

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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.

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