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Beautiful Chant that are Full of Harmony from Bali

Written by Gede Prama

Following the excitement of the story of Balinese women who insulted the religion of Balinese elders, many young people asked in the realm of prayer: “Is it true that on the island of Bali there are many demons?”.  That is the question of a commonner.  For friends to ponder, when a person sees nature, he is not only looking at the outside, but also finding his innerself.

For example when you see a rose bloom.  To the children whom was poisoned by their parents with a story about roses can injure them with their thorns, the rose is viewed as a dreaded demon.  But for deep souls, the rose is one of the representatives of perfection in this realm.  Rose petals represent beauty, thorns represent beast.  Both form a wonderful perfection.

J. Krishnamurti calls this the conditioned self.  Before experiencing full enlightenment, all human beings are conditioned by many things.  Thus, when a person sees scary things, the title that comes out of the lips tells about the conditioning that is taking place in him.  To be honest, nature is actually neutral.

Snakes for example, the human body does not naturally a food for snakes.  As long as they are not disturbed, snakes are harmless.  But if you step on it, of course the snake reacts by biting.  The same thing is true of creatures whose outer outfits terrify the commoners.  By deeply apologizing to the secret teacher, this story is opened in this forum.

As someone who has been meditating alone for years in the jungle in Bali, these scary creatures truly exist.  Once again they exist.  There are snakes with chicken heads, snakes that can fly, to women with long hair with legs that don’t touch the ground.  With the most honest honesty to be told, they all will never disturb.  Or even hurt humans.

Again they will never!.  As witnessed by dozens of meditation students, our meditation class was once visited by an old Balinese woman whose appearance was similar to a rangda (read: one of the most feared faces in Bali).  We call her Mbok Nyoman (not real name).  Almost all the participants have already excused themselves to go home because of fear.

When asked by a friend of the Ustad from East Java, what prayer did Mbok Nyoman whisper that causes fear to everyone, in a high and unfriendly tone, Mbok Nyoman answered like this: “I pray for all of you to die quickly”.  Because Mr. Ustad was afraid, he soon met Guruji and told about the fears of his friends.

As soon as Mbok Nyoman was approached, talked to, recently even hugged by Guruji was just like hugging his own mother, Mbok Nyoman not only did not cause problems, she even came to the Ashram where Guruji lived bringing some offerings.  Accompanied by Ibu (Guruji’s wife), mbok Nyoman prayed at the Ashram very fervently.  The prayer vibration is great.

The lesson here, this approve that one German philosopher was right when he wrote: “What man finds on earth is the beauty of his heart”.  If a person’s heart is beautiful, all beings smile beautifully.  Conflict will ensue, if a place with a high level of vibration is raped by the standards of the commoner public.  For young children electricity is dangerous, but for adults electricity is a source of light.

The same thing happens with creatures that the commoners are afraid of, if someone is afraid, especially become overly afraid, the best step is to stay away.  Mainly because the body that is afraid  excessively will releases adrenaline.  This adrenaline was smelled by the scary creatures as a sign that someone was going to attack.  Of course they will hit back as a self-defense.

The story will be different if someone is used to living alone in the forest for years.  Also accustomed to guarding oneself with wholeness.  The scary creatures resembled a tattooed man, similar to a woman wearing a short skirt.  Not all women who wear short skirts are naughty, not all men with tattoos are evil.  Likewise with the creatures in scary outer outfits.

On the other hand, harmony in this world will occur if one takes care of these scary creatures like taking care of one’s own body.  Penunggun Karang (home to these scary creatures) and segehan (food for them) inherited by Balinese elders were born out of astonishing spiritual wisdom.  Only he who has been housed in the beautiful house of the wholeness can give birth to such brilliant ideas.

In the Ashram where Guruji lives there are two Penunggun Karang, whenever Guruji wants to provide coffee with milk for them, the spirit at the Ashram often whispers like this: “Do it because you are full of love to them. Don’t do it because you are full of  fear to them “.  Do it because you love them, not because you fear to them too much.  The results were very different.

This is what is meant by the beautiful chant that is full of harmony from Bali.  If you use the language of science, even after experiencing enlightenment (read: gamma brain waves), there are still waves inside.  That is why Balinese elders wisely call the human soul “Dewa ya, Kala ya”.  In man there is both darkness and light.  For beginners, darkness is the enemy of light.

But for luminous souls, without darkness the Light disappears.  Without violence, humans will not yearn to find peace.  In conclusion, smile at people who call the island of Bali filled with demons.  From these dark nights there are often beautiful sunrises will appear.  After this, believe me, the sun will rise in full harmony from Bali.

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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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