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The True Holiday

Written by Gede Prama

When interviewed by publisher Karaniya Wisdom via Zoom, the moderator asked: “If there is a true holiday, or even a fake holiday?”.  Fake holiday occur when the body is in a vacation, but the mind continues to fail to be in a vacation. Keep comparing Bali with Hawaii. Japan with Switzerland.

As well as always thinking, another place is more beautiful than the place we are currently visiting.  As a result, vacations do not add any energy inside, but in the same time this cause an energy leak inside.  Hence, many faces look tired and restless, even in the most beautiful holiday places.  The key is actually in the mind.

Whereas the true vacation is free from comparisons.  One is completely at rest in the moment.  Bali is not compared to Hawaii.  Japan is not compared to Switzerland.  Just blends neatly into the moment.  At breakfast, we blends neatly with breakfast.  If you have bad luck, try to integrate it with the bad luck that is happening.

In the language of a Zen master: “Every day is a journey. And the journey itself is home”.  Every day becomes a wonderful journey.  And that journey is home.  At the same time, that is what we called meditation 24 hours a day.  As often shared in guided meditation sessions, meditation is not busy getting rid of the negatives and grasping on the positives.  Just rest in the moment as it is.

Some of the younger siblings see life as a battle.  Understandably, it is because they were still young.  We were also like that when we were young.  If you are still growing at this level, embrace this message: “If you can stay positive in a negative situation, you win”.  If you can stay positive-holistic in a negative environment, you are a real winner.

Some people who are starting to grow up will see life as a climb to the peak of well-being mountain.  When friends grow at this level, this is a wonderful spiritual nutrient for you: “Acknowledging the good in you is the foundation of many abundance in life.”  Once you acknowledge that there is something beautiful inside, you are building a strong foundation for your own well-being.

For other mature and radiant souls, life is not a quest.  Life is an encounter with the wholeness within.  In the language of Neale Donald Walsch the author of the book Conversation with God: “One purpose of life is to experience the fullest glory of who you are”.  The purpose of life is direct contact with yourself as you are (read: wholeness).

Once arrive here, all friends can say goodbye to the fake holiday. And get to experience a true holiday every day.  Once we are free from any comparisons, free from excessive competition, then resting the mind in the present moment as it is, every day can become a holiday.  In the message at the celebration of Compassion Day 2 March 2021: “Surrender to wholeness”.

Just as nature cannot throw away the night, just as the ocean cannot cast out waves, just as a rose cannot cast off her thorns, man cannot banish death from life, we cannot separate sorrow from happiness.  Both are the dances of the same perfection.  Welcome home beautiful souls.

Photo caption: Guruji and Wife in one of the beautiful place in Bali Island.

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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