Masaiban, Simplest Sacrifice in Hindu

Masaiban, Simplest Sacrifice in Hindu

Offering saiban oblation or frequently known as mebanten nasi/ngejot is one of the traditions carried out by Hindu society, especially in Bali, done after cooking. It is also known as Yadnya Sesa, denoting the simplest offering that must be executed every day by the Hindus. Masaiban as the simplest yadnya or sacrifice is often performed

Offering saiban oblation or frequently known as mebanten nasi/ngejot is one of the traditions carried out by Hindu society, especially in Bali, done after cooking. It is also known as Yadnya Sesa, denoting the simplest offering that must be executed every day by the Hindus.

Masaiban as the simplest yadnya or sacrifice is often performed after cooking or before having meals. That’s how it should be. It means that people should offer food respectfully after completing the cooking activities.

“Masaiban is one of the easiest sacrifices to be implemented. It does not cost much, but must be undertaken every day. In Hinduism, it is believed that human beings after getting prosperous life from nature must be returned to nature again because nature is the source of our prosperity,” said Jero Mangku I Komang Nurata, a priest of clan temple in Besakih region.

In addition, the masaiban is also meant as an expression of devotion, gratitude for God’s fortune. As is known, yadnya ceremony serves as an intermediary between human beings and deities in order to get peace of mind. The saiban as we often see in the community is usually in the form of labaan containing rice, salt or vegetables placed on banana leaves. Since belonging to the simplest form of sacrifice, there is no necessity in expressing the contents of the banten. Rice and salt only are okay.

The most complete yadnya sésa is usually accompanied with canang sari, incense (as witness), and sprinkled with holy water or tirta. It can also be presented without other means because it is back to the essence namely yadnya sesa is a simple yadnya.

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There are five places to offer saiban oblation namely Pertiwi (land), in front of the entrance gate into the house compound or in the home yard; Apah (water), placed in the well or at water meter of municipal waterworks; Teja (fire), placed in kitchen, cooking place; Bayu, at the place of storing rice; while Akasa, placed in the shrine, wooden platform and other places. In addition, the Manawa Dharmasastra states that location where devotees usually put the saiban offerings are family temple, kitchen, water, shaving stone, mortar and brooms. These places are said to be the place of people doing Himsa Karma every day. Therefore, the places must get the offerings.

“In harmony with the progress of time, all the properties owned are also offered with the saiban offerings such as motorcycles, TVs and cars considering that it is not only natures that can help people achieve prosperity. The equipment also greatly helps people achieve worldly prosperity.”

Jero Mangku added that talking about nature is the same as talking about this whole universe, including all of His creation. In other words, offering sacrifice to nature is the same as offering to all the creations of God like the bhuta-bhuti.

He reminded that such yadnya sesa should be implemented every day. For Hindu community that has not implemented this yadnya should start it immediately. He assessed that people’s awareness in implementing yadnya sesa is still considered lacking. In addition, something considered trivial and simple can bring in catastrophe or cause problems in the future. (uma)

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