Bali is about 4500 km away from India by flight.\nSo far. Yet the seeds of culture planted centuries ago have thrived in that soil and the culture today is so pretty and so close to the authentic original form.\nOn this 10-day trip to Indonesia, I learned more new details about Hinduism and its variants than I had in the preceding 10 years.\nNot only did my lectures push me to direct my study\u00a0 \u2013 there were facts which came at me unexpectedly! Facts that charmed and alarmed me.\nEveryone knows that Bali\u2019s primary religion is Hinduism. But that it is practiced with deep understanding\u00a0 of the depth of philosophy is something I did not know.\n\nAn anecdote:\nMy husband [AM] switched roles with me this once and played \u2018trailing spouse\u2019 on this work-play trip to Indonesia. He recites the Gayatri Mantra \u201cOm Bhur Bhuva Swaha \u2026\u201d\u00a0 in his \u2018buland awaaz\u2019 or deep voice every morning after his bathing rituals as a matter of routine.\nSo when our taxi driver in Bali was explaining the local culture to us, AM asked about this mantra which is supposed to be a part of every practicing Hindu\u2019s routine.\nAnd surprise surprise the driver knew it! And within a moment the taxi was filled with synchronised recitations of \u2018Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyam\u2026.\u201d albeit sung in slightly different tunes.\nQuite a moment!!!\n\nWonderful to have experienced the migration of memes!\njm\n1 Jan 2016\nAnd as the Gregorian Calendar turns a page \u2013 Happy New Year to everyone!\nA perfect Sanskrit wish\n\u201cMay there be tranquillity & well-being on earth,\non water,in fire, in the wind,\nin the sky, in the sun,\non the moon, on our planet,\nin all living beings, \nin the body, in the mind and in the spirit.\nMay that tranquillity & well-being be everywhere, and in everyone.\u201d\n\nAUDIO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cjD9lrtpdw\n\n\u00a0\nHappy New Year!\n\u00a0\nBACK TO INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO DIARIES\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post So Far yet So Close \u2013 The Culture of Bali appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.