November 2023 meditation session message summary: From Shambala to Mandala…

It’s hard to deny, in this era there is indeed a lot of fire burning.  Especially bad news and news that makes people easily angry.  Mistakes can result in chronic pain.  The good news is, it is impossible for a fire outside to burn, if one keeps a lot of water inside.  It is impossible for chaos outside to give birth to disease, if you are peaceful inside.  In other words, peace is not only a panacea, but also a protective shield throughout life’s journey.

To get there, reflect on this non-negotiable law of nature: “One step forward, one step back.”  When I was little, my health was good, my finances were just barely.  As you get older, your finances improve, your health declines.  The same thing happens with the world of wealth and the world of love.  Progress in wealth will be followed by setbacks in love.  Material progress is followed by decline in the spiritual world.  That’s been the law for a long time.  The mathematical formula is +1 – 1 = 0.

The mind begins to move towards Shambala (the most beautiful place within), if one is in a beautiful embrace with this law.  Don’t fight it!  Happy in the morning is often followed by a bad mood in the afternoon.  Praise at certain times is often followed by curses at other times.  That’s why it’s often shared: “No better cure than silence”.  There is no medicine that heals more than silence.

For this reason, reduce fighting about this and that inside.  Every time there is bad news there is good news.  In every era.  Whoever the leader is, whatever the face of the era, it is always like that.  In Yin-Yang language, once the white gets bigger (happy, successful, praised by people, etc.), the black will also get bigger.  You will not experience life accidents such as chronic pain, if you equip yourself with this message.  Good and bad, failure and success, criticism and praise are like a pair of bird wings.  The two cannot be separated, they complement each other.  Holding them both in your arms is a way to water the seeds of healing and peace within.

Daily practice, learning healthier conversations within.  In Eastern philosophy it is called Gatha.  Because the conversation inside is the most important and longest conversation, if the conversation inside is healthy, it is very likely that you are healthy.  Just as an example, this is Guruji’s daily gatha at the Ashram: “I have arrived, I am home. Home is here. Home is now”.  This Gatha is even written on a very beautiful tombstone.  So it becomes a daily reminder.  He is very caring.  It helps the soul shine.

Practicing gaps is another practice that is highly recommended.  A pause between two breaths, a pause between two thoughts, a pause between two memories, a pause between two sounds.  It is a practice of silence that instantly heals and reconciles.  Like a very powerful panacea.  The great musician Mozart said: “The most beautiful music is silence between two sounds.”  In the Zen garden it is written: “Go to the garden, listen to the silence between two sounds”.  When you go to the park, listen to the silence between two sounds.

Silence is like space, no force can hurt space in this world.  If in practice, you can find a very beautiful holy place inside.  It is called the Temple of Silence.  A holy place of silence.  And this holy place is very healing.  Make your happiness and peace not easily stolen by people.  You are the one who holds the remote control of your happiness and peace.  As a result, your daily life is only two: “Silence & smile”.  Silence full of smiles.  That is the Shambala within.  Aka the most beautiful place inside yourself.  It is also a highly recommended Mandala (perfection) practice.  It’s a very old drug that is almost extinct on earth.

May all beings be happy.  May thoughts of peace come from all corners.  Shanti, peace, peace.

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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