Wisdom if you look carefully can be found everywhere, for Balinese traditional song is an important source of wisdom. The song “Bibi Anu” that is usually sung by expecting mother in bygone days is a mine of wisdom if you are willing to penetrate further behind the literal meaning. The song goes like this:
Lamun payu luwas manjus
Yatnain ngaeb musuhe
Bawang anggen sasikepan
Free translation in English:
Aunt Anu (the word “anu” refers to a person, not in particular, it can refer to anybody)
If we are we going to take a bath
Fasten the belt
Be aware of the enemies
Onion as a taliman
The deeper meaning of this song can be explained as follow:
Bibi Anu : this is for everybody
Lamun payu luas manjus : if you want to purify yourself (manjus = taking a bath)
Antenge tekekang : you have to be diligent and discipline or focus (anteng in Balinese language has double meaning it can refer to “belt” or “diligent” while “tekekang” means fasten your mind do not let it wander, be focus)
Yatnain ngaeb musuhe: be aware of Sad Ripu or six enemies within our self, they are: kama (lust), loba (greed), krodha (anger), mada (drunkeness), moha (confusion)
Tiyuk puntul: intelligent is like a blunt knife, it needs to be sharpen continuously to make it stay sharp and not get rusty.
Bawang anggen sasikepan: bawang (onion) is believed to have a soothing effect to the body, like wisdom to the mind and love to the heart. Wisdom and love is our talisman in this world.
This song has a good message for self control and peace. Balinese has lot of traditional songs that has a good massage for better life. Hopefully this traditional song and its message will not be forgotten in the midst globalization.