Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Greetings In Bali

The formal way Balinese greet each other is to say "Om Swastyastu," which means "May God always protect us."  The proper response is to repeat the phrase back to the one who greeted you, "Om Swastyastu," which then means, "We are always safe."

This symbol is called the Ongkare, and is the symbol of the universe and everything in it.  It is the Balinese Om sign and you'll see it all over the Island, made into jewelry, and painted on fabric to adorn the entrance to homes and buildings.

When Balinese view the Ongkare, they think of the three aspects of God (known as Trimurti,) the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Dissolver.  There is a saying in Balinese, Telu Teluning Anunggal, which means  that the three functions of God are linked together.  It's not enough if we only create without preserving or sustaining, and it's not enough if we don't allow things to dissolve so that they may transform into something beneficial.

The sound AUM (or OM) begins all Balinese prayers, and our greeting, and is symbol of the Trinity.  In that way, OM itself means god.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver and I'd love to show you around our island.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bali, a Small Island with a Large Heart and Rich Heritage

Bali is a small island, but it has a lot to offer. According to the most recent population census, Bali is home to some four million people.

It's difficult to imagine so many people on such a tiny island.  And, among those four million people, 90% are Hindu, 5% Muslim, and the remaining 5% a mixture of other faiths.

Even though Bali is tiny, it is still one of the best known islands in the world, for its beauty, artistry, spirituality, and focus on the presence of God.

I'm a local Balinese guide and private driver.  I'd love to show you around my tiny island with a big heart.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Balinese Penjor. Local Balinese English Speaking Driver and Guide

The Balinese Penjor is a tall, arch of bamboo and hanging palm leaves.  It holds decorations, cake, and fruit because it is an offering and is a symbol of fertility and prosperity.  Besides that, it is also a sign of gratitude and represents the mountains, a river, and a dragon - all of which are strong symbols of strength. 

When are you most likely to see a Penjor in Bali? 

Contact me and let's plan your visit to Bali together.  I'm a local Balinese, English speaking driver and guide.