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The Philosophy of Balance  

by on Thursday, 11 October 2007No Comment | 1,642 views

It is critical for the Balinese to assure harmonious balance in everything they come in contact with, so that their entire world works to perpetuate their way of life. Existence in the Balinese world, for both animate and inanimate objects, is a matter of occupying the right space at the right time, hence to seek cosmological balance and preserve it at any cost. To distort balance is to invite misfortune or disaster.


The concept of harmonious balance in the philosophy of the Balinese is believed to constitute the basis for achieving prosperity and welfare which, in its application, has developed and crystallized into the religious teaching of Tri Hita Karana or literally ‘three causes of goodness’, in the real application Tri Hita Karana means ‘three harmonious relations’. In Balinese philosophy happiness can be achieved through establishing and maintaining three harmonious relations namely, relation between human and God, relation between human and human, and relation between human and environment.


The three harmonious relations concept is an applicable concept that has permeated into the daily life of Balinese. Most Balinese do not aware that they have practiced this concept in their daily life, they continue to practice their religion, preserve their culture, adhere to their custom, and do their daily activities, without giving any attention to the philosophical basis which serves as the root of their religion, culture and custom. But this is not a big deal, since Balinese live their religion; breathe their culture, and custom in every walk of their life, and they love the practical side of a matter rather than the theoretical or philosophical side of it.


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