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Jakarta Post

Nyepi — A perfect time to ponder

  • Anak Agung Gde Agung

    Former minister of social affairs, is CEO of several multinational and domestic corporations

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 6, 2019   /  10:16 am
Nyepi — A perfect time to ponder Hindus carry offerings during a Melasti procession at Padang Galak Beach in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday. The self-purifying ceremony served as a prelude to Nyepi (Day of Silence), which falls on Thursday. (The Jakarta Post/Zul Trio Anggono)

Many outsiders are intrigued by the prospect of experiencing Nyepi (Day of Silence) in Bali. Witnessing unlighted houses and deserted streets, absolute silence is a thrill in itself. But for the Balinese, Nyepi is a serious affair. The Hindu Day of Silence is a time to ponder the balance of one’s good and bad deeds, whether one has achieved enough dharma (sacrifices for the good of humanity) and most importantly whether one has fully adhered to the Balinese philosophy of life, the Tri Hita Karana, which dictates that all Balinese must live in harmony with their surroundings, namely fellow beings, spiritual beliefs and natural environment. In his relations with his fellow beings, man is taught to practice Tri Kaya Parisudha, having a clean mind, expressing clean words and doing clean acts while his attitude toward others should be in line with Tat...

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