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The beauty of the Hindu tradition in Indonesia

The beauty of the Hindu tradition in Indonesia

History has shown that the teachings of Hinduism is the oldest in the world. This religion has evolved from India to the rest of the world by peaceful means. We can find a way to pray and culture or tradition, culture and art based on the Hindu in various continents and countries. Which makes proud because Hindu traditions outside India is very unique in that it blends beautifully with art, tradition and local culture.

If you travel to countries that have a Hindu, then you will find a Hindu who did not seem the same with Hindu rituals and traditions in India, then we should be grateful for the Hindu has proved as a doctrine and a universal religion.
 
Pura Besakih, a Hindu temple in Bali. Image: klikhotel.com
The beauty of Hinduism outside India has unique characteristics, such as the architecture of the Hindu temple. You will also find the uniqueness in ceremony, ritual, tradition, even in dance, music, and a variety of branches of art and world culture. If you are an Indian, someday you need to travel from India to Nepal, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and make sure you visit the island of Bali. Island of the Gods you will discover the beauty of Hindu temple or Pura (Balinese to mention Hindu Temple). The same thing you also find on the island of Java, neighboring Bali. The Javanese call Hindu temple as a Candi, for example Prambanan, Yogyakarta near the Central Java.

The beauty of Hinduism outside India has unique characteristics, such as the architecture of the Hindu temple. You will also find the uniqueness in ceremony, ritual, tradition, even in dance, music, and a variety of branches of art and world culture. If you are an Indian, someday you need to travel from India to Nepal, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and make sure you visit the island of Bali. 
Candi Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Image: twisata.com
In the Island of the Gods you will discover the beauty of Hindu temple or Pura (Balinese to mention Hindu Temple). The same thing you also find on the island of Java, neighboring Bali. The Javanese call Hindu temple as a Candi, for example Prambanan, Yogyakarta near the Central Java. If you did not get to Java, from Bali continue your trip to the island of Lombok, just 15 minutes by plane from Bali. You will also find a beautiful Hindu tradition.

Hindu people in Indonesia not only exist in Bali, but also in other areas such as Jakarta (capital of Indonesia), Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua and other regions. Hindu tradition and culture in Indonesia was initially grown on the island of Java, and developing very great in Bali, and now the community that comes from Bali definitely brings a Hindu tradition and culture to various regions in Indonesia.

On this beautiful occasion, I want to share a video about the beauty of the Balinese Hindu tradition held in Amarta Pura Jati, a Hindu temple in Cinere, South Jakarta. Let's watch this video, so as Hindus all over the world will always be proud and grateful to God Almighty, that the Hindu respect for local culture. It also proves that the teachings of Hinduism is very universal and timeless of all time.


                                 A Hindu ritual in Pura Amarta Jati, a beautiful Hindu temple in Jakarta.

In addition to video Hindu rites and rituals of the above, I also wanted to share a video of a sacred dance of Bali.


Tari Baris Gede, a beautiful Balinese Hindu sacred dance. 

Inspiring and beautiful Hindu Quotes

Hindus all over the world, not only enlightened from the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita or other Hindu books, but also inspired by many wise people, both born as Hindus, as well as those who are not Hindus. All have been recorded in a variety of words that are often quoted by many people around the world.

Every era of a civilization of mankind, there must be a word or words that can inspire a community or state. A variety of beautiful words, which are usually spoken of someone wise or written on a holy book is often the grip of a person or people in thinking, saying and doing things. Hindus also since antiquity have been taught to think before saying something, especially before doing something that will have an impact for oneself and others.
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Beautiful Hindu. Image: blog.onlineprasad.com

On this occasion, I wanted to share a variety of quotations related to Hinduism, both of which already exist in the scriptures or have ever written or said by the wise, and some have been said by people who are not Hindus, but they admire Hinduism as a universal doctrine. Hopefully what is written below can inspire us all, for a better life.

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.  Lord Rama

"The Vedas teach that the soul is divine, only held in the bondage of matter; perfection will be reached when this bond will burst, and the word they use for it is, therefore, Mukti - freedom, freedom from the bonds of imperfection, freedom from death and misery." Hinduism - By Swami Vivekananda chapter: A Universal Religion p. 3)

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.  Lord Krishna

That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others. Sri Aurobindo

Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. Lord Krishna
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Pura Tanah Lot, beautiful Hindu temple in Bali. Image: panoramio.com

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Mahatma Gandhi

I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, So we’re really not that different, me and you. Lord Rama

The human body is the temple of God. One who kindles the light of awareness within gets true light. The sacred flame of your inner shrine is constantly bright. The experience of unity is the fulfillment of human endeavors. The mysteries of life are revealed. (Rig Veda)

The whole mantram AUM
Indivisible, interdependent, Goes on reverberating in the mind. Established in this cosmic vibration, The sage goes beyond fear, decay, and death To enter into infinite peace. (Prashna Upanishad)

In my own spiritual journey, I became a swami on the Hindu path of Bhakti. In the Hindu tradition, a swami is a monk who forgoes regular family life for the purpose of making the whole world his family and channels his full energy into spiritual practice, devotion to God and service to humanity. Radhanath Swami

In many traditions, the world was sung into being: Aboriginal Australians believe their ancestors did so. In Hindu and Buddhist thought, Om was the seed syllable that created the world. Jay Griffiths

We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs. Jimmy Carter, former US President.
 
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Shri Swaminarayan temple, World’s Largest Hindu Temple in New Jersey. Image: hinduexistence.org
“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” Swami Vivekananda

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.  Lord Krishna

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi

I don't believe there's anything in life you can't go back and fix. The ancient Vedas - the oldest Hindu philosophy - and modern science agree that time is an illusion. If that's true, there's no such thing as a past or a future - it's all one huge now. So what you fix now affects the past and the future. Alan Arkin

There are so many beautiful words and quotes about and associated with Hindu teachings. One day I will share again in a different article. If you get enlightened today or a little inspiration, perhaps you can divide this article to your family, your friends, and anyone around the world. They will be grateful to you because today they will get a light to illuminate their way to a more beautiful future.

Do you believe in reincarnation? Then, who are you in the past?

Do you believe in reincarnation or Samsara? If you believe, then you imagine who you are or, as if you are in your life in the past? Is it possible that you will be reborn in the future, and where? Whether as a musician or become a famous billionaire.

Also believed that Karma (what you did in the past) will also affect the new life in the present or in the future. Experience during your life in the last century, probably will be an opportunity for you to fix in your new birth, that reincarnation is believed to be an opportunity to do good things or Dharma.
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Reincarnation cycle. Image: thespiritscience.net

From wikipedia there are quotations as follows: Reincarnation (from the Latin for "born again" or "born in originally" or tumitis or numitis (Balinese and Javanese word), refers to the belief that someone was going to die and be reborn in the form of another life. The birth was not a manifestation physical as our existence today. the born again it is the soul of the person who took a particular form in accordance with the results of his behavior in the past.

There are two main streams of reincarnation in the world: first, those who believe that humans will continue to be reborn. Secondly, those who believe that humans will stop born originally in a while when they do good things when life as a human being, or if it gets supreme consciousness (Nirvana) or united with God (moksha). Hinduism believes in the second stream.

Rebirth is a two-step process of birth in a previous life. In Hinduism and Buddhism, the philosophy of reincarnation teaches people to be aware of the actual happiness and responsible for the fate that is being received. If the man was tied to the cycle of reincarnation, then his life was not spared from the grief. During soul bound to the results of bad deeds, then he will be reincarnated into a person who is always sorrow.
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Karma and reincarnation. Image: world-faiths.com

In the Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, reincarnation process gives people a chance to enjoy the highest happiness. This happens when humans are not affected by the pleasures and the pains of the world that never feel sorrow, and if they understand the real meaning of life. At this life, we have many opportunities for a better life, and do good karma, so we can be one with God or live happily in Nirvana.

Is there any concrete evidence of reincarnation?

Reincarnation (the Law of Samsara) literally means 'entering the body again' or 'transmigration of souls', although different concept of reincarnation is real believed by some stream of Hinduism, Buddhism and a splinter group of Islam and Christianity. Although it is very difficult to provide evidence that reincarnation exists, many studies have claimed evidence of human reincarnation in the world.

There is a story about reincarnation in the modern world, perhaps you can you believe to be evidence of the existence of reincarnation.

The story of the Austrian Edward:

A 4 year old boy named Edward Austrian has a phobia day overcast and gray clouds. Besides these infants also had problems with his throat and often complain of pain. Whenever throat ache, Edward always complaining, "Hit the shot was sick". Edward then recounts in detail when in a previous life he served as a soldier during World War I where he eventually died because of a shot in the throat. On the day when he died, was blanketed in gray overcast.
Edward Austrian. Image: mbakbro.com

Initially doctors thought this famous children's tonsils, but upon inspection it turns out there is a cyst in his throat which is large enough. Surprisingly, after Edward tells a story about a previous life, suddenly cysts disappear by itself. 

Doctors said it was not know how suddenly a cyst growing in her throat that toddlers can suddenly disappear. Because according to the experience of the doctor, the cyst may not disappear overnight.
The story of the Rebirth of Cameron Macaulay

Since the age of two years, Cameron Macauley had told his mother that he came from an island called Barra, located on the west coast of Scotland. Macauley also tells the story of a white house on a beach near the airfield. In addition, he also said to have black and white dog father's name in a previous life was Shane Robertson, who died hit by a car.
Because children often whine'm invited to Barra nostalgic reasons to 'other mother', Macauley was taken on a plane to Barra. And indeed, the family Macauley find a white house near the airstrip which is located on the beach. 

The house is owned by a man named Robertson and it is true that the family used to have a black and white dog who is now dead. Macauley little too familiar with hallways and rooms in the mansion. Stories about reincarnation Macauley has been documented in a TV show in the UK which makes it one of the best reincarnation story.

There are many stories about reincarnation in the world, you can search on search engines like Bing, Yahoo or Google. Confidence about rebirth or reincarnation is a unique human life. You are free to choose to believe, doubt or you reject altogether about reincarnation. However, you need to ponder more deeply, that you live in this world because you have a soul, and one day the soul or Atma will leave your body. Do you know where the Atma go?

Lord Shiva is the restorer for a better universe

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Lord Shiva. Image: sonagiri.ord
For Hindus, would know and respect, and of course worship to Lord Shiva (Dewa Siwa), who is worshiped as Mahadeva (Mahadev). Lord Shiva is one of the important gods in the Hindu religion other than Vishnu and Brahma. 

If you are in Bali, you need to visit the island's largest temple, the Pura Besakih. In this temple you will see a symbol of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in the main courtyard of Besakih. Besakih Temple is the largest temple in Bali, and is one of the largest Hindu temple in the world.

On this occasion, I present a wonderful article about Shiva which I quoted the whole of Lord Shiva in the Google+ community. Perhaps, if you are not familiar with Lord Shiva, the article below will help you. 

Before you read it, the depiction of Lord Shiva in India - Hindu origin - and in Bali is different in the sense of art, and I show the photos in this article. 

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Wonderful Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung, Bali.
Hinduism is a universal religion, not only embraced by the people of India. Bali, an Indonesian island that has a very unique Hindus. Bali is also known as the Island of the Gods, and famous as well as the island of thousand temples. 

Of course you also know, that Hinduism is also found in Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, England, Canada, and in various countries.

By the way, have you ever watched a TV series about Lord Shiva? You can know better about Shiva from tv series titled "Mahadev".