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Pura Lempuyang
Pura Lempuyang (Lempuyang temple) is located on Lempuyang Mountain, Karangasem Regency, east Bali. The Balinese Hindu’s named it Sad Khayangan Agung Lempuyang Luhur, which is the place for Hyang Iswara and Hyang Agni Jaya. Puja Wali/ piodalan (sacred day) is held every six months, exactly on Umanis Galungan, Kamis (Thursday) wuku Dungulan, or the day after the Galungan ceremony. To go to Lempuyang temple from Denpasar, it is about 80 km, a 2 hour journey to the east. Along the way, you will see beautiful scenery, rice field panoramas and rivers. Lempuyang Temple contains a lot of mysteries from a long time ago, when Sang Hyang Pasupati recommended Hyang Gni Jaya together with Hyang Putra Jaya and Dewi Danuh to save Bali from disaster. Later, according to the villagers, as well as for praying, there are also people who come to Lempuyang Temple for other purposes, such as to recover from illnesses, avoid evil, and there are even politicians or officials who pray that their authority will be forever or to try to obtain a certain position. Usually they come in the middle of night, in order to avoid the public.
Balinese Temples
JBali is sometimes called the "Island of 10.000 Temples" (or "Island of the Gods") and this is not exaggerated. First of all, every village has at least three temples: the Pura Desa, where religious festivals are celebrated, the Pura Dalem for the Goddess of Death (this is the place where the funeral cremation rites start), and the Pura Puseh that is dedicated to the Gods of Heaven. Temples are everywhere, on the mountains and in the valleys, in the ricefields (they are small shrines for the Rice Goddess), and on the seaside, and every temple is different. The Balinese religion is still very much alive. Every morning you can somewhere in Bali see small or larger groups of girls and women bringing offerings to a temple and the important festivals are celebrated by everybody with large processions to the temple that are accompanied by gamelan musicians. The Balinese religion is based on Hinduism, but incorporates a lot of pre-Hindu, animist beliefs (primarily ancestor worship). In ancient times the founder of a village was revered as a god after his death by the village people. When the Hindu princes from Java occupied Bali (see ">Short Overview of the History of Bali) their form of worshipping their dead kings as gods came very close to the old Balinese ancestor worship. The many different gods of Bali (gods of Earth, Fire, Water, and Fertility) were now all viewed as different manifestations of the Trimurti, the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and the destroyer/creator Shiva.
Mantram
Sacred keys and magic words to God. Many common Mantram are used in the original Sanskrit language. However it is of utmost importance to truly know and be fully aware of a Mantram's true spiritual meaning. To benefit from its true and Divine Power of freeing and healing you should know the true meaning and you should fully agree with its meaning and identify yourself with its meaning and Divine power. For that particular reason we prefer to use Mantram in your own language or a language you truly understand. The Divine power of any Mantram is completely free of the language the Mantram is used in. It is your intent - your inner attitude that frees the Divine magic power contained in every Mantram. Words are magic. Use words consciously and concentrated. Be aware of what you say and use your words - and thoughts - always with Love for the greatest spiritual result and benefit. Anything else - any other attitude - may give any different result - may be even detrimental to your spiritual goals and detrimental to your souls well-being !!! Be wise in the use of Mantram - choose the path of Love and Mantram of Love only and do it with all the power of your soul and heart to result in ONENESS in God. What ever you do with all the Divine power of your soul and heart is always enough to lead you to the final destination of ONENESS in God in Love. If at any time you put all at stake that you have, all your possession, all your power, all your Love, all you ever have created, collected, earned, including ALL your memories and turn it ALL to God with Love - in Love - then it ALWAYS is sufficient to open and pass through the door of Love to God.
Ongkara
Ongkara, or the Balinese Om, is one of the most sacred symbols in the Balinese culture, symbolising the universe and life itself.When Au Kara meets Ulu Candra, the romanization is not “Aung”, but “Om”. And the letter has a special name Ongkara This word is used almost everywhere in the text, as it is the symbol of God Himself. The most notable sentences using OM are the greetings: Om Swastiastu (May God blesses you), Om Şanti Şanti Şanti, Om (May peace be everywhere)
Gayatri Mantram
om bhur bwah swah tat sawitur warenyam bhargo dewasya dhimahi dyo yonah pracodayat
Balinese Life
Rabu, 30 Juli 2008
Some religious ceremonies in Bali are usually completed with sacred or wali dances. They are closely related to the procession of the ceremony. By its absence, it may be considered incomplete, as this dance constitutes a part of the ritual itself. And,

of course, they are always performed in sacred places like at temples and other areas where the ceremony takes place.

They are called sacred dances since they bring offerings or ingredients like canangsari in the Pendet dance, thread in Rejang Renteng or yellow rice in Sidakarya mask. In addition, all dancers must have been ‘purified’ through mewinten rites for adults otherwise they should be underage girls who are still virgins or unmarried. Perhaps, the last but not least, this dance is never performed for commercial purposes like public entertainment or a theme for a dinner party.
Dance is also a devotion to the Supreme Being. Balinese people (Hindu devotees) would be very glad when they dance for this purpose. They call it ngaturang ayah (literally means devotional service). The more so, if the dancers are children, this opportunity becomes a beneficial process of learning where they are introduced to one core of Balinese art that is useful for their future learning, especially in dancing.
Sacred dances are performed on temple festivals, human exorcism rites, Ngaben ceremony and so forth. On the temple festival, when the melasti procession has just been completed, all divine manifestation has been put to their thrones, the devotees usually prepare a rejang dance in the middle courtyard. A group of young girls, fewer than twelve, make their devotion through dances. They show off their rhythmical dance in front of the shrine complex in bright yellow and white colors costume. Their headdresses are made of fresh young coconut leaf decorated with flowers.
In Hindu mythology, or Usana Bali chronicle, this Rejang symbolizes the vidyadhari (female angels) who accompany the deities come down to earth to witness the ceremony. While the gandharvas (heavenly artists play various gamelan) to accompany the dance. This mythology is then believed to be the base of the sacred Rejang dance.
Another sacred dance is wayang lemah. It is a puppet shadow play that’s presented without a screen and lantern at noon. It uses a thread and perforated coin tied on two dadap (Erythrina subumbrans) twigs instead of a screen. This symbol makes a bridge between the visible and invisible world so the performance of the ritual will flourish. In the Ngaben ceremony, the Balinese usually perform a puppet shadow with special titles like Cupak’s Passage to Heaven or Bhima Svarga in which both recount the journey of both figures to heaven. It is expected that this could become a ‘travel companion’ for the soul to heaven since both stories carry much information on what to do and where to go.
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Meditation
Selasa, 29 Juli 2008
For hundreds of years ago, wise men and yogis have practiced meditation and extolled the benefits. In today’s hectic world there is no better time to take up meditation.

What is Meditation?
In simple terms, meditation is quietening your mind. If you stop for a moment and watch your thoughts you will notice that you are always thinking. You may be worrying about this and that, planning something, replaying earlier events or conversations. All the time your mind is an incessant chatterbox. With meditation you can clear your mind, quieten and even stop, the chatter - and reap enormous benefits.

Why Meditate?
The benefits of meditation are immense. Practicing meditation regularly has been shown to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. Living a calmer life allows you to live longer and more happily, you look younger than your years, and you are much more able to cope with life’s inevitable setbacks and difficulties.

Meditation has also been shown to increase alpha brainwaves. Alpha brainwaves are the type of brainwaves used in creativity and problem solving. The more you meditate the more creative you will become which could lead to both personal and professional breakthroughs.

How Do You Meditate?
There are tapes and CDs available to help guide you into a meditative state but they are not necessary. All that you need is to find a time and place where you can relax and not be disturbed. The environment should be quiet and comfortable. You can play soothing, quiet music if you wish.

The intention is to relax your mind. One way to do this is to focus on an object or a sound to occupy the mind and stop it chattering on about anything else. Some people who meditate focus on a candle flame or a flower. Or you could close your eyes and focus on a sound in your mind, such as Ah-umm or Ohmm.

The most important thing to remember about meditation is not to force anything.

Meditation is not concentrating, it’s not forcing, it’s not even trying. Meditation is relaxing and allowing. It is Being.

When Do You Meditate?
You can meditate at any time you choose - morning, noon and night. You can even fit in a session of meditation during your lunch break from work. There are no rules about meditation. See what works for you. And equally, there are no rules about how long you should meditate. If you can only manage five minutes a day you will still feel the benefits after a very short period. Some of the Eastern holy men meditate for hours, or even days, at a time. While their experiences might be more heightened than yours, it really isn’t necessary to meditate for great long periods.

Meditation is easy. Meditation is relaxing. And meditation is very good for you - try it and see for yourself.


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Bali Art Festival 2008
Jumat, 18 Juli 2008
Bali Art Festival had been held for thirty times since it was proposed for the first time in 1979 by the late Prof. DR. Ida Bagus Mantra, who also the former’s governor. A lot of people still taken a great interests especially the artists both locally, nationally and internationally to the annual cultural event in Bali. Each year all participants of them always come and participate into the yearly event.

The Bali Art festival is already 30 years, three decades in its journey of cultural event in. it would become a good moment for developing and building art and culture as well as economy development because the annual event will be along with commemoration of 50 years anniversary of Bali Government and 100 years anniversary of Indonesia National Identity and also to succeed the Visit Indonesia Year 2008.

The Thirtieth Bali Art Festival 2008 will be held from June 14 until July 12 and this year theme as the cultural event overall is "Citta Wretti Nirodha—Self Restrain toward Balance and Harmony". The Thirtieth Bali Art Festival 2008 will be presented the masterpiece of art and culture to be appreciated by people.

The most awaited in the Bali Art Festival is the opening ceremony which always involved more than 300 artists to parade and perform on the street and in front of the stage of honor where Indonesian President usually open the festival officially. It is planned that President Yudhoyono will attend and open the Thirtieth Bali Art Festival. The opening ceremony will be held in Bali People Struggle Monument at Renon Square, Denpasar and from there, those artists will be marching down to Bali Art Center Werdhi Budaya at Jalan Nusa Indah Denpasar.

The Thirtieth Bali Art Festival 2008 will also be held international events along the 29 days of art festival like Asia Dance Music Festival and International Shadow Puppet Festival. Also from national scope of event are Java and Bali Art Ambassadorial Students (Jakarta, West Java, East Java, Central Java, Jogjakarta, Banten and Bali), Traditional Art and Handicraft Festival, Indonesian Keroncong Festival and from Bali will present maestro's masterpieces performance parade, colossal ballet, drama gong play, Legong Mask and many more to be enjoyed in a 29 days of festival.

The Thirtieth Bali Art Festival will also hold many contests and competitions for house making ladies, children, teenagers, and students. Beside contest and competition, Bali Art Festival will also held a full month exhibition for industrial products, handicrafts, designs, book exhibition, photo exhibition, painting and also architecture exhibition.

The Bali Arts Festival always taking place when the school holiday is on the way to attract students to involve and actively taking part in the Bali's biggest festival as performers, competitors or just visitors. Bali Arts Festival is indeed a positive influence for students and people.

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Barong
Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda in the mythological traditions of Bali. Banas Pati Rajah is the fourth "brother" or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout life. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented by a lion, and traditional performances of his struggles against Rangda are popular parts of Balinese culture.

The lion barong is one of five traditional Barong. In Bali each region of the island has its own protective spirit for its forests and lands. Each Barong for each region is modeled after a different animal. There is a boar, a tiger, a dragon (or serpent) and the traditional lion. The lion is the popular one as it comes from the Gianyar region where Ubud (the home of tourist viewed ritual) is located. Within the calonarong, the dance drama in which the Barong appears, the barong responds to Rangda's use of magic to control and kill her to restore balance.

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Rangda
Rangda mean is the demon queen of the leyaks in Bali, according to traditional Balinese mythology. Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good - Barong.

It is suggested that Rangda may be derived from the 11th century JavanMahendradatta who was exiled by the king, Dharmodayana, for allegedly practising witchcraft against his second wife. The tale surrounding this is that she proceeded to take her revenge by killing off half the kingdom, which by then belonged to her and Dharmodayana's son Erlangga, with plague before being overcome by a holy man. The name Rangda means "widow". queen

Rangda is important in Balinese culture, and performances depicting her struggles with Barong or with Erlangga in that tale are popular tourist attractions as well as tradition. She is depicted as a mostly nude old woman, with long and unkempt hair, pendulous breasts, and claws. Her face is traditionally a horrifying fanged and goggle-eyed mask, with a long, protruding tongue.

Bali is a Hindu island, and it is suggested that Rangda may also be associated with Durga, the Hindu mother warrior goddess, and Kali, the black mother goddess of destruction, transformation and protection in Hinduism. While Rangda is seen as fearsome and by many as the personification of evil, she is also nevertheless considered a protective force in certain parts of Bali, much like Kali is seen as a benevolent mother goddess in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and Kerala. The colors associated with her - white, black and red - are identical with those associated with Kali. Her iconography is similar to that of both Kali and Chamunda, who are closely related.

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Melukat
Rabu, 16 Juli 2008
In Bali, there are so many ceremony that must done by everyone specially for Hinduism people. Because in Hinduism religion there are five level ceremony called "Panca Yadnya" that must executed for all hinduism people. The five level are Dewa Yadnya, Rsi Yadnya, Pitra Yadnya, Manusa Yadnya, and Bhuta Yadnya. Bhuta Yadnya is the lowest level cause this yadnya addressed for "bhuta kala" that is a other strenght according to hinduism belief. We must gave it a ceremony so that "bhuta kala" not bothering our life. Not less important is Manusa Yadnya. this ceremony adressed for human being. Example is "Melukat". Melukat is a ceremony for human being or people that purpose to cleaning our body and soul from bad spirit. Like at Tanah Lot, at segara kidul Tanah Lot usually used to Melukat.
Because Tanah Lot Temple have two source of holy water that needed for washing the body of human being. On this source of holy water, the holy water was taken and used for washing people which want to melukat. Melukat ussualy doing by all hinduism people according to readiness of them. The Hindu Balinese still has strong belief that diseases or anything that happen in this life caused from both natural (sekala) and supernatural (niskala) origin… the concept that can explain about two different world in our life in the world before died.
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Sanggah
A sanggah, also called a merajan by Brahman families, is the family temple found in all Hindu-Balinese homes. The sanggah is always positioned outside, in the corner of the family compound which is most mountain-wards (in the direction of Mt. Agung). Here, the family will pray to God, known as Ida Sang Hyang Widhi in Balinese, other Godly manifestations (dewa or bhatara) and the family ancestors (leluhur). In most parts of Bali, family temples are made out of red or black brick and are elevated higher than the rest of the buildings in the compound.

A number of ceremonies are performed at the family temple. They are known as upacara yadnya and examples of these are - tooth filings, weddings, exorcisms, or temple anniversaries. Usually, family members will make offerings to place in the temple everyday, on auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar such as full moon, new moon and others. The family will gather together to pray at the sanggah’s anniversary, which occurs every 210 days. The temple anniversary is remembered on the day when the sanggah was purified after its original erection.

The total number of shrines in a sanggah varies according to the beliefs of the particular family, however they must include a shrine called padmasana (where one offers prayers to God), a shrine to pray for artistic inspiration (taksu), a shrine for ancestral worship, and one shrine called Rong Telu. Rong Telu is also known as Kemulan as it is the place where worshippers pray to the Bhatara Hyang Guru. Outside the temple there should also be a shrine called Penunggun Karang, which is believed to be the place where the spirits who guard the family temple, family and compound reside.
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