The Meaningful Trails (28)

Written by Gede Prama

Having a soul that could barely sink, is the kind of spiritual achievement many people are longing for. Being able to smile either over a scorn or a praise. Being like a sturdy tree that could hardly fall, is the direction of growth of this kind of soul. However, the cost to get there is very expensive. Not only moneywise, but also the cost of the pain. The soul even has to pass through some dangerous tunnels in some parts of the way. That is the kind of stories experienced by the deep souls, which also happened to be the stories that would be disclosed by the book “Chicken Soup For The Unsinkable Soul” written by Jack Canfield et al. The colorful rainbow is the perfect picture of how the human soul grows. Though it is allowed to imitate others in some parts of the journey, yet, in the other parts, one must grow deep in the uniqueness and authenticity of his own.

In the early stages, growing in the crowds and imitating others are indeed necessary. And this book is indeed aiming at the readers whose growing at the early stages. Notice the message written on page 83 of this book: “The true foundation in life is family”. In an age where the environment is full of violence and the empathy among human being is drastically dropping here and there, family is becoming like a cool tree for the soul. Therefore, in various different occasions, the message to take a good care of family is often shared to as many friends as possible. Not just because family might become a soothing shelter in an old age, but more because taking care of the family is just another way to keep the soul glowing. In a much deeper understanding, the best way to save our soul in this age is by saving the soul of others.

Hence, this book is enriched with the stories of the unsinkable souls whose become even stronger, by not running away from problems, but instead, growing up in the middle of chaos. Notice on page 104 of this book, where a mother whose soul getting stronger by taking care of her beloved child says: “In times when you were just a kid, mom held you tight, sang many songs for you, accompanied you to sleep. Mom did it all with only one purpose, which is to provide you with the root and the wings of the soul”. Whilst in the world of materialism, giving will make us poorer, in the world of spiritualism, giving will enrich and deepen the soul. It is the journey of the soul in finding a solid root, and strengthening the soul wings. In short, simply forget the ambition of enriching the soul in a fast and easy way. Since the beginning, encourage yourself to always give, serve, and love. The result might not always as good and as smooth as expected. It might sometimes hurts as well. Yet, in the midst of such circumstances, always remember that difficulties, sadness, misfortune, are angels in disguise.

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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