Well, Nyepi---Hindu’s Day of Silence--- is just around the corner. These days will be the perfect time for all of us to start the enlightening journey of soul-searching and self-reflection.
There will be a noisy parade on Wednesday night, with thousands of people flocking the streets with bamboo torches on their hand. There will be a colorful parade of Ogoh-ogoh (giant papier-mache effigy), including the one from the Banjar Perang (Kapal village) on the above picture ( and, yes, the placard on the giant’s belly read “Reject Anti Pornography Bill”).
However, it is the silence on the following day that really counts. The silence that will transform the island into an Alpha (or Omega, for that matter) point of origin (or destination). The silence of Sunya Sunyata, of spiritual tranquility.
Hopefully, the silence serenity of the Nyepi will provide us with a new and a better insight into life’s ultimate lesson; the transitory nature of the universe; the ephemerality of our existence.
Respect All, Love All
Marlowe and Jun