May 3rd, 2016 | 0 Comments | BALI NYEPI
What is Melasti day?
On 6 March 2016
Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Melasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, “the water of life”.
Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of thebeach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to theocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life = Tirta Amrita. In addition to performing prayers, during Melasti ceremony, all of sacred objects which belongs to atemple, such as pralingga or pratima of Lord Ida Sanghyang Widi Wasa, and all of sacred equipments, are being cleaned and purified.
March 28th, 2016 | 0 Comments | BALI DIVING
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May 6th, 2016 | 0 Comments | BALI NYEPI
Real Balinese culture & It’s Sacred Events.
One must experience the real Balinese culture and its sacred event once in their life time. The silence day happen to be celebrated once a year and all people are very excited to celebrate the coming day. The ceremony chain are three days, starting the day before Nyepi / silence day and come to an end the day after.
Day 1. Pengerupukan Day on 8 March 2016.
On the day before Nyepi Balinese people will (more…)
March 6th, 2016 | 0 Comments | BALI NYEPI
FOR THE NEXT WEEK, PLAN AHEAD
This an intense period of ceremonial activities performed by Balinese Hindus. Some ‘disruptions’ (by Western standards) are inevitable. To the Balinese, they are not ‘disruptions’ at all, but an
integral part of Bali’s spiritual life. They are opportunities for contemplation, purification and celebration. Respect that, and consider these as an opportunity to further understand Balinese
culture. Plan ahead – and you will enjoy the coming week even more.
SUNDAY 6 MARCH 2016 – MELASTI PILGRIMAGES
The Melasti processions take place today, three days prior to the Saka New Year (Nyepi). Participants walk along roads from temples to (more…)
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March 25th, 2016 | 0 Comments | Lucky The Quantum Dog
MULTIPLE LUCKIES AGAIN CONFUSE AND DELIGHT ME
Quantum physics offers fascinating glimpses into the true nature of ‘reality’, where nothing exists until crystallised by consciousness, where time is mutable, and where quantum entanglement allows connections between both objects and thought regardless of physical distance. Allegedly ‘normal’ rules of physics do not apply.
These ‘normal’ rules do not apply to Lucky either. That, of course, in no coincidence. Lucky is truly a quantum dog, or at least a dog-shaped sentience, who flits and flitters between continua, ignores the false strictures of time and causality, and illuminates our lives with a luminous glow of enlightenment.
Just in the last week, one of (more…)
May 17th, 2016 | 0 Comments | My Life in Bali
Back from a late coffee and Lucky is waiting for me. He looks hungry. I give him some water, and he slurps it up thirstily, but basically I think he wants food. I don’t have any, not even for myself, and I explain this to him.
He lies down, miffed, in the doorway to my bedroom and (more…)
April 21st, 2016 | 0 Comments | 1 ONLY IN BALI
LUCKY IS MESSING WITH MY MIND AGAIN.
Lucky the Quantum Dog has been a veritable inspiration; a treasure who has made me think, and question, and expand my mind.
I have always had niggling doubts whether the journeys on which he has previously taken me, and the insights thereby derived, were ‘real’ – whatever that is. Maybe they were just the normal hallucinations experienced by someone who chooses to live a reclusive existence.
Tonight was different. Lucky (more…)
May 15th, 2016 | 0 Comments | 1 ONLY IN BALI
LUCKY ORDERS BUNGKUS
Lucky, who has apparently been ill for a few days, surfaced this evening and requested a pat. And some food. So I obliged with some cooked chicken which originally was destined for tonight’s dinner.
He seemed very keen, but also distracted, and kept running to the front door and staring at the street before returning for another mouthful. Maybe it’s too cold, I thought. It was, after all, straight out of the fridge. While I microwaved it to bring it up to room temperature, Lucky again ran to the front gate on some inexplicable errand. (more…)