What often gets the attention of our guests on our walks through villages or rice fields are the offerings or seeing someone making the ritual by the road side; a beautiful woman kneeling elegantly and praying in front of her family’s gate. People love to learn more about this and keep remarking about seeing people praying everywhere and placing offerings on their cars, in front of the shop doors, in the temples… Why and what for, is what I get asked.
Here on the island we strongly believe in karma; by offering or giving we will receive love, protection, respect and other good things. This giving and receiving happens in our daily lives, be it in a business interaction, social situation, or spiritually. We see spirit in different forms, there are the bad and the good spirits, and then the highest spirit. It is important to keep them in balance and we, therefore, offer to the good and the bad ones. This is the beauty of ancient wisdom and it is about sharing.
Awareness of this principle is well demonstrated in the current situation with the Agung volcano. We accept it as a cycle of nature, like a ying-yang wheel that has to turn to keep everything moving and in balance on the planet. Sometimes, nature is sleeping peacefully and beautifully, and then again, it needs to move.
We are touched and very grateful for all the love love and the prayers you have been sending to Bali. In Indonesian, to say thank you we say terima kasih; terima means to receive and kasih to give.
TERIMA KASIH for sharing your love with Bali!
Iyan Yaspriyana is a yoga teacher, retreat leader, owner and co-founder of Oneworld Retreats. His Escape the World program has grown to be a jewel in the world of retreats. Iyan’s method of teaching yoga reflects his view of life… one moment at a time and continually evolving. He is very happy to share from his vast knowledge and life experience. Read more about Iyan