Holy Mountain

Holy Mountain

To Balinese community with the majority of Hindu, the existence of a mountain is very important. It symbolizes prosperity and a sanctified place. As one of the high-rise landscape of the earth, mountain is believed to be the abode of the gods. There are several mountains in Bali, where in the vicinity there are also

To Balinese community with the majority of Hindu, the existence of a mountain is very important. It symbolizes prosperity and a sanctified place. As one of the high-rise landscape of the earth, mountain is believed to be the abode of the gods.

There are several mountains in Bali, where in the vicinity there are also sacred places or important temples. Like at the foot of Mount Agung, there is Besakih Temple, Ulundanu Batur Temple nearby Mount Batur, Lempuyang Temple around Mount Lempuyang as well as Batukaru Temple around Mount Batukaru and so on.

Besakih Temple is mother temple of Bali is located at the foot of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali (3,142 meters). Mount Agung last erupted in 1963 which claimed many victims, burned thousands of homes, thousands of hectares of paddy fields and moors as well as caused thousands of residents in the vicinity to flee.

Currently, it is reported that Mount Agung having been in long ‘sleep’ has showed the symptoms of active volcano. There are hundreds of times of volcanic shocks felt by the surrounding community. Will the history on the volcanic eruption repeat as in 1963? Hopefully, it will not. All the people of Bali pray that the disaster will not come again.

In the Hindu concept, all forms of disaster on earth happen due to disturbance against the balance of nature such as floods, fires, volcanic eruption, earthquake and so on. There is a disturbed balance due to human action and the influence of the natural cycle of a necessity of change.

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The earth is analogized to a big turtle. This huge turtle is twisted by two dragons keeping it from moving or stabilizing. When the winding is loose and the turtle is moving, a variety of disasters will arise. To make stable condition, human must behave in accordance with the teachings of religion.

In the concept of Tri Kaya Parisudha, or three sanctifying acts, is expected that all human action must be based upon the three things, namely manacika–think good, wacika—say good and kayika—do good. This is the basis for every action in this life.

Now, Mount Agung has showed it volcanic signs. Technology can predict even though not bringing in one hundred percent precision. Alertness of the apparatuses and the government has also been much more advanced than in 1963 so that the number of victims can be minimized. Many things will happen if Mount Agung erupts. This is a sign of the times that we are indeed reminded by the Creator.

The impact of disaster is not only on the surrounding community. When it really erupts, volcanic ash blown by the wind can go anywhere. It can happen and disrupt the flight. If this happens, it will certainly have an impact. We do not want to be wonder. Surely, God has sent a signal or gestures for us to be more introspective and always closer to the right path. Be always in the path of God. (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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