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Inclusiveness, tolerance amplified in UWRF

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 29 2016   /  07:40 am

Messages on the importance of inclusiveness and tolerance in this increasingly connected-yet-divisive world were amplified in scores of discussions and art performances at the 13th Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) here.

Early in the morning on Friday, a prominent Balinese spiritualist, Prabhu Darmayasa, who had just launched his interpretation of the Indian classic Bhagavad Gita (Song of God), pointed out that one way to tackle religious-related problems, including radicalism, hate and violence, is by realizing the essence of religion.

“The essence is spiritual liberation and happiness. By treating religion as a box that confines us, we would not achieve that essence,” he said.

Prabhu, whose disciples hail from places as far away as Russia and other parts of Europe, spoke on a panel called Mystical Bali alongside scholar and lontar expert Sugi Lanus and D...