The ultimate intelligence from Bali

Author of the book “Multiple Intelligences” Professor Howard Gardner was absolutely right when he concluded that human intelligence is not just IQ.

There are a number of other human intelligences. As a former consultant who has been teaching in many places, this truth must be told.

Leaders who only have a high IQ can be very dangerous.  He can even endanger his nation and the whole humanity.

For that reason, let’s reflect on other faces of intelligence.  A great musician like Mozart undoubtedly had a high musical intelligence.

Writers and speakers who are admired by the world must have an amazing linguistic intelligence.  That is why many people admire their words.

People who are rich in empathy, whose daily lives touch the heart, must have very good emotional intelligence.  Daniel Goleman from Harvard university even wrote a book on this topic.

Spiritual teachers with high levels of attainment, such as Buddha and Krishna, undoubtedly possessed an amazing spiritual intelligence.

For those whom spiritual eye has opened, a spiritual Master with high attainments, their body shape is different. Their body tells an honest story about his/her spiritual intelligence.

What is worth thinking about tomorrow’s 2024 Nyepi holiday is that the Balinese elders who decided to celebrate the new year with silence actually have the highest intelligence.

It is called the intelligence of silence.  Jalalludin Rumi in Islam, Meister Eickhert in the Church, Rabindranath Tagore in Hinduism, Nagarjuna in Buddhism all reached here.

Pay attention to one of the legacies of the great poet Kahlil Gibran: “When you make love with happiness in the living room, sadness is waiting for you in the bedroom.”

This means that humans live at home with both sadness and happiness.  And can not run away. Happiness is plus one, sadness is minus one.

Once they are added together, it becomes zero (empty, silent, clear).  Not just any emptiness, but emptiness that gives space for anything to grow.

In the West it is called unconditional love.  That is why, the day before Nyepi, Balinese people parade through the streets accompanied by ogoh-ogoh, the depictions of all kinds scary beings.

In the language of psychology: “Let’s the demon speak”.  At the right time and place, allow the devil within to speak. You do not need to always surpress it.

The Balinese elders said: “Rwa-bhinedane tampi”.  In every era there is darkness and light, backwards and forwards.  In every era!  Whoever the leader is.

That is why Balinese people pray both on Full Moon nights, which are favored by Buddha, and also on moonless nights, which are favored by Shiva worshipers.

Because darkness and light come from the same womb, and return to the same holy house.  When I got here my tongue became numb. There is nothing more to explain.

From this type of silence the noble intention was born that all beings could reach this level of attainment.  That is called compassion.

Balinese elders called silence “Nyepi lan ngewindu”, gave compassion a name “urip lan nguripi”.  From silence there shall rise love.

That is the highest intelligence from Bali.  If blessed by Bali island’s spirit, this highest intelligence will be carried and shared throughout the whole planet earth.

Happy Nyepi Day 2024. May Bali and the earth attain a greater harmony.

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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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