The Meaningful Trails (22)

Notice on the way humans interact among one another around the world. Either in a private scope or in public spaces. Nearly everyone is trying to dominate one another. It is seen in their characteristic, most people want to be heard, almost nobody is willing to listen. Nearly everyone consider themselves as the righteous, hardly anyone pleads guilty. There are so many causes behind this phenomenon. The human inability to get connected to the source of energy is among the many causes. Human then tried to adjust this situation of energy deficiency by snatching the energy of others. As being seen here and there, this energy battle would only be preventing the establishment of a cool environment. On the contrary, it would only causing the world to be overheat. The US is a country with the most advanced level of education. Most of the Nobel prize winner are coming from there. If a country with the greatest number of doctoral degrees is even still suffering from heat, what would happen in the countries where most of the people do not even hold a primary school diploma? It is the point from where then comes the urgent need for the soul to learn to get connected to the source of energy.

Among the many other available options, loving-kindness is one of the most beautiful bridges towards that direction. At the beginning, loving-kindness helps a person in reducing his own guilty feelings. More importantly, since everyone, particularly during youth, did once make mistakes. When being deeply practiced, loving-kindness evokes a feeling of useful and meaningful. Many friends whose regularly performing simple daily service tasks sense that the deeper they dissolved into service, the better the quality of their sleep in most nights. It leads one to a beautiful ending, loving-kindness would eventually make one experiencing interconnectedness. In the language of Upanishad: ”Apparently, the one who serves and the one who is served is the same”. That is how the journey on finding the source of energy works in the path of loving-kindness. Thus, it is understandable that Tulku Thondup gives this title to his book “The Healing Power of Loving-Kindness”. Specifically because loving-kindness does heal. This book is written for the beginners. At the beginner level, one is asked to visualize the holy soul that represent loving-kindness. It might be Shivaji, Mother Mary, The Goddess Kwan Im, etc. The one that being suggested by this book to be visualized is Avalokiteshvara, The Buddha of Compassion.

By visualizing the Buddha of Compassion in the mind as often as possible, the negative thoughts such as anger and greed would slowly transform into beautiful thoughts. There are several recommended steps. First, convince yourself on the presence of the Buddha of Compassion before you. Second, awaken the seeds of loving-kindness within. As a reflection, we are all brought into life by a pair of mother-father whom hugging each other. As a baby, we were nurtured by parents and the close family members, also with the spirit of loving-kindness. Similar situation also happened in school. Thirdly, share the energy of loving-kindness to a close person at first. Then, widen this act of sharing to unknown people. Until finally you have the ability to share the energy of loving-kindness to the person who hurt you as well as to the whole universe. Being connected to the source of energy is not such an impossible task for anyone who has the perseverance and sincerity in practicing these steps regularly. Whilst the soul of many people are getting overheated by the battle of energy, those who has arrived at this stage would grow up cool and calm thru the act of energy sharing. In summary, whilst the money that we share to others will be reducing the amount of money we have, the amount of energy that is shared would make the journey of the soul become even brighter.

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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