The Meaningful Trails (7)

Written by Gede Prama

In the southern of France and the northern of Spain, the archaeologists discovered old caves that have been thousands of years old. The old carvings exposed there is showcasing the bravery of the heroes in conquering wild animals as their prey. This legacy is clearly shown the fact that human beings have been identifying the character of a figure (hero) as a person who grew up in the midst of violence. Lately, it has even been aggravated by the history of religious radical practices and powerful countries that making huge profit by selling weapons. Eventually, history then grew from one violence to another.

Any friends whose spiritual eyes are opened understand that the presidential decree of the US president Donald Trump that forbids the entry of 7 nationalities with a certain religious majority has drastically change the energy balance of the earth. The violence that was expected and being prayed for by many parties to be diminished, is becoming an even more heart-touching. In this cycle of time, the world need the return of the Light that was once radiated through Mahatma Gandhi. On many occasions, this thin and bald man was often repeating this message: “Non-violence should never be used as a shield for cowardice. It is a weapon for the brave”. A very opposing perspective to the current. Yet, has been proved in expelling the strongest army of the world in the 1940s.

Many of the younger generations doubtedly asked if nonviolence is still appropriate nowadays. Depending on the soul and spirit that motivate one in doing an act of nonviolence, if the motivations are money and power, the idea of nonviolence shall just be forgotten. However, if it is the compassion to reduce the burden of the world affliction that became the motivation, never ever doubt the idea of nonviolence.
Notice one of these luminous souls inheritance: “The Rishis, who discovered the law of non-violence in the midst of violence, were greater geniuses than Newton. They were themselves greater warrior than Wellington”. The sacred souls whose able to practice nonviolence in the midst of a violent era, are smarter than any scientists and greater than any heroes.

In conclusion, the fish does not turn into salted fish though living the salty sea. Neither should you need to change yourself into becoming a man of violence, despite growing up in the time of violence.

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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