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Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:Nyepi for UNFCCC  

by on Friday, 20 June 2008No Comment | 897 views

At first I want to include this article under the headline “Through the Eyes of Researcher” but since this article was written a Balinese high priest Sri Bhagawan Dwija Warsa Nawa Sandi from Buleleng regency who has great concern on environment and climate change and produce many good articles on Hinduism in English, so idecided tomake a new headline “Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest”. So without further ado here is the article.

NYEPI FOR UNFCCC
The silent day, A way to anticipate global warming

Balinese use to celebrate the Saka New Year. The Saka year is 78 years behind the Gregorian because it was created in 78 AD to mark the crowning of King Kaniska 1 of the Kusana Dynasty, in India. The Saka calendar found its way to Bali through the spread of Hinduism from India to Indonesia and eventually Bali.

For Balinese, Nyepi is a day of silence and non activity to welcome the New Year. On Nyepi, Balinese are suggested to refrain from lighting fire, working, feeding the senses, and travelling or getting out of the house. Those of Balinese who are very serious about Nyepi even refrain from speaking, fast, and sleepless for 24 hours. In its most ideal and truest form, the purpose of Nyepi is to train the Balinese to be dead to the world but fully alive spiritually.

Outsiders may argue that the concept of Nyepi is a farfetched one or an impossibility in to day’s world. But we have to think of the positive environmental impacts generated by even one day of non activity by million people who otherwise ride thousands of cars and motorbikes, and who operate machinery and other modern gadgets. On that day, the world most certainly experiences its lowest CO2 and CO level, noise pollution, and waste generation. Imagine if all countries of the world agreed to take turns observing a day of silence. And imagine a global day of silence !

Consider Balinese ‘celebration’ of Nyepi in Bali an inspiration to the rest of the world that life is not all about producting and consuming, but also about resting and reflecting. And that it is possible to rest for a full day or more without causing the world to collapse. In ‘Nyepi’ human will not pollute the air with any kind of unwanted gasses that come from combustion process.

Balinese celebrate Nyepi as a silent day since 1308 AD when Danghyang Nirarta, one of Hindu’s missionary placed social religious life foundation. He teached Balinese that human as the central point have to take care of natural preservation. If human destroy the environment, the environment will do the same thing to human.

World climate change coming from nature destruction by modern technology created by human. Let us think a moment, which was more important : demand for technology progress or natural preservation.

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