Being lazy to drive, I went using an online taxi service to work. Shortly after I got into the vehicle, I saw a book placed on the car console. Oh, I know that book. An old book called “When the Universe Speaks”, a local book written by Balinese, I Wayan Mustika. Inevitably, we discussed the contents of the book along the way. For me, people who are willing to read, to understand, and discuss such material are people who are open-minded and not bound by the dogma of their own religious teachings. Here are a few excerpts from the book.
Who am I? I am your sister. I’m your brother too. I’m your wife and husband at the same time. I’m your grandfather and grandmother. I am your big child, because you dwell in the womb of your small heart. I am also a stunted parent because you often ignore and think that it is so small that it never even existed. I am a friend you hate when I do not help you and enemies that you love especially when I fulfill all your interests.
I am the dark you avoid or the light you seek. I am the heaven you dream of and the hell you avoid. I am the angel you worship and the devil you hate. I am the one you always call in suffering and then you forget in happiness. I am the one you are chasing in front of you then you leave far behind. I am the tears that flow from the tears of happiness and tears of your suffering.
I am all the duality you have ever known, but I myself am between the two. I am a space that never moves and time that never rolls. I am the eternity of what you see as immortality.
I am what you call by various names and names of your idols. But then you fight with your neighbor just because of the different names you created for me, who are actually just one.
I am very close to you but often you call as if I were so far from you, in an infinite place. I am what you seek with your limited mind, until you understand that I am an unlimited mind. I am what you are trying to hug with your small body which is actually being held in my fist.
I’m sure you know who is meant by “I” there, right?