Compassion

Unlocking The Beautiful Layers of The Holy Place

Written by Gede Prama

This is not a story from the holy book, but a personal experience.  Mainly because Guruji is no longer young, and secondly Guruji have been to many holy places, including having visited one of the Himalayan peaks in the northern Indian state of Ladakh, including entering the holy places of several religions, and experiencing many things in holy places.

Almost all beginners come to the holy place with the intention of asking something in return.  Understandably, that is the way of beginners.  Some requests will be fulfilled, some may not be fulfilled of course.  And the difference between the two is still a mystery.  Once a person is tired of asking things in his/her prayer, there is a longing inside to have an inner communication while praying in  the holy place.  Again, there are communications that were answered, some were not answered.

To the souls that have grown mature, or even a radiant souls, holy place is like a clean and clear mirror.  It gave input regarding the inner quality of a person.  When the ego are still left inside, in the holy place many “greatness” of do appear.  If one is not vigilant, one can take overly pride in seeing great things in a holy place.

Some people will experience spiritual accidents at this level.  Not because of the wrong holy place, but because someone is not smart enough to interpret the symbols that are seen in the holy place.  The face of this spiritual accident can even appear in the form of killing (injuring) many people, and ending sadly in the prison.  But it is not nice to mention an example in this regard.

Not a few people are also possessed by certain energies in holy places.  Real energy is neutral.  Like fire, if you can use it it will be useful.  If we can’t use it can dangerously burns.  Sex energy, for example, not a few spiritual people are harmed by this energy.  But there are people like Saraha in Tantra who are lifted up by sexual energy.

The difference is, again it not about where the holy place are, but in our own intelligence, interpreting energy that comes from outside and processing it inside.  Seekers of Light are advised to watch out for symbols that increase ego.  Be more careful with sex energy.  Guide yourself with wise steps like this: “Observe, contemplate, save it inside. Observe, contemplate, save it inside.”

It is like depositing mud in a pond, as a material to make a lotus bloom beautifully.  If that can be passed, there is a possibility that the friends could reveal some secrets in the holy place.  Not all secrets are acceptable and polite to tell in public spaces.  First, the holy place tells about a person’s spiritual calling in this life.

For friends in Bali, if their sacred calling is to guide people to dig deep inside, then the most suitable place for them is Pura Dalem.  The vibrations transcend all forms of logic.  The friend who is blessed at the top of the Himalayas, there he/she can see a holy Guru who is worth following.  Complete with their holy teachings that make the world become more harmonious.

Second, a holy place provides guidance on which old scriptural passages which are worthy to be embodied.  Especially since the old holy books were not only numerous, but also vast.  Even one part with another part could be contradicting.  Not that the holy book is wrong.  But because it is aimed to people of different spiritual maturity levels.

Sex for example, in the early passages of certain holy books, it is closer to a seductive demon.  But on a more mature and radiant level, sex can transform into a God who shares the Light.  Without the guidance of the secret realm, sacred books can be very confusing.  It is at this
Spiritual level the holy place can gives holy signs.  Not only it can save our journey, but is also very peaceful.

In the past, stories about the earth give homage through a small earthquake, the sky give homage through a beautiful rainbow, can only be read in an old Tibetan holy book (the roof of the earth).  After continuous, filial piety, filial piety and filial piety at the Ashram, the same signs actually occurred in the Ashram.  Not in a dream.  But in the real world.  Even when a number of close disciples were there.

Third, every place has its unique characteristics.  Just as frangipani cannot be compared to a lotus, Bali cannot be compared to the peaks of the Himalayas.  Hence, never use a secret appearance in one place to judge anything else or to belittle a secret appearance in another place.  Especially since every place is unique.

Because in Bali the most purified symbol is Tirtha (holy water), the Light also appears in the form of Tirtha.  Again this is not a holy book, but personal experience.  Once one’s devotional service is deep and wonderful, the Light does sprinkle in the form of Tirtha.  What you see at the Ashram is sometimes golden yellow, sometimes white.

It is very difficult to recount this kind of spiritual experience, but the great poet Rumi wrote it in a beautiful poem: “The journey is like peeling a red onion. On the outside it looks brown and dirty. When you open it it turns white. The more you open it the whiter. Finally, all that’s left is melting tears “.

The invitation then to all close friends, never use the glory of the secret realm to judge anything else to demean the religion of others.  Use the glory of the secret realm to take care of the whole universe.  In Prof. Karen Armstrong words from England, every sighting of the Light should be followed by a day that gets gentler.

If you want to respect the glory of a true Guru, respect it by an act of helping others.  If we can not help, at least do not hurt.  In this way, the beautiful layers of the holy place became a very illuminating force.  At the same time it creates harmony.  And it is the reason all holy places are built on the face of the earth.  Happy practicing, close friends.

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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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