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Through the Eyes of Balinese High Priest:The Wedding in Hindu (Balinese) Religion  

by on Saturday, 5 July 2008One Comment | 3,237 views

Here is a good articles on wedding by Balinese high priest Sri Bhagawan Dwija Warsa Nawa Sandi from Buleleng regency, without further ado here is the words of Bhagawan Dwija


By : Bhagawan Dwija

Om Swastiastu,

The “Weda” says that marriage in Hindu is a holly act. There are two main reasons; firstly, God bless man and woman to love each other as what “Dewa Smara” (similar with Adam) and “Dewi Ratih” (similar with Eve) done in the beginning; secondly, human have to allow their ancestor come to reincarnation through the couple so that the soul be able to reform live in the next born. Reform to a better and holly live exactly important for every soul than through reincarnation that rolling times to times they hope at one time can be in one with God. That is make children is a need in Balinese couple.


A nice child especially male will be take a main role in the future to take care parent in live and dead. Soul of parents remain send to God by his child in a “Ngaben” ceremony. Because marriage is holly, it also called as a “dharma” act, so the opposite : devours is “adharma” it mean a sin. Balinese avoid devours except for principal reason : can not get child. Sex before marriage is also a sin. Sex is the next need after the mention above, than follow obligation for wife to joint with the all of husband family. She left her home and family to joint with the new one. She now not only love her husband and children, but also love and take care all of husband’s family especially parent. In the old Balinese marriage philosophy, wife nearly a server. Nowadays it is not real, wife and husband are in same level, but wife obligation still running.


The wedding party some time did as usual, but the have one make it great and spend much money. Important to know that the wedding has three conditions : “Bhuta saksi”, “Dewa saksi”, and “Manusa saksi”. Bhuta saksi is a part of wedding ritual to make a holly marriage; Dewa saksi is a pray for God blessing, and Manusa saksi is a kind of knowledgement for people including make a Marriage Act as in Indonesian law, Act No. : 1/1974.

The Wedding arranged by three parties i.e. : the couple family, the maker of ritual accessories, and the priest. Priest guide the all ritual and responsible of it. He has already learned about it and get authority from his teacher called “Nabe”. Some one can be a priest after learned everything about Weda and build a new life in the God way so that he able to lead his follower in a holly life.


Priest not only guide a ceremony but in fact he has be active in guiding people to be a good Hindus. The maker of ritual accessories usually are ladies, some times lead by Priest’s wife. Ritual accessories called “banten” is a mediation used by priest in his prayer consist of some leaf, flower, pork, chicken, fruit, etc. Beside, it mean also a gift for God that come from the deepest heart of Hindus.


Preparing ritual accessories almost difficult, need a serious intention to do and spend much time and money. Modern Hindus always thinking about this. Idea come first from The Priest, how to make all of ritual accessories and ceremony simple but not far from Weda. Some priest already done this; they called as a renewal or reformism commonly they are the “Pandita” group, but on the other side the old fashion group namely “Pedanda” do not agree; they called as a traditional one. The Pandita group time to time guiding people to learn about Weda and the ritual know-how in other make it familiar and know well everything they done. Main aid is to build a modern Hindus that far from feudalism.


Om Santi, Santi, Santi, Om

Singaraja, December 30, 2000

Note :
Om Swastiastu mean : Hope you welfare in the name of God.
Om Santi, Santi, Santi mean : Hope you always in peace in the name of God.

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