By I Made Mangku Pastika (Governor of Bali), Michele Zaccheo (United Nations Director Information Center-Jakarta) and Representatives of Several Faiths under the Auspices of Anand Ashram Foundation (Affiliated with UNDPI) on the World Peace Day, September 21st, 2012
(by Ir.Triwidodo Djokorahardjo, M.Eng, formerly Secretary of Provincial Water Resorces Service of Central Java, now Director of One Earth College of Higher Learning)
World peace can never be achieved because of the difference and the unrealized equality level of welfare for all parties. Each party/group only fights for his or her own party/group without regarding other groups so that conflicts always happen. What we can achieve is not a peaceful life with similar circumstances but we can achieve a global harmony: we can live harmoniously with each other event though there are differences. The harmony begins when each person /party accepts his or her part and accepts the different ideas of other people. The roadmap starts with Inner Peace, the peace within ourselves, then Communal Love, we connect with people/other parties with understanding and love, and finally we reach Global Harmony. Anand Krishna stated that statement on Unveiling of the Global Harmony Monument and Ashram Ubud held in conjunction with the Celebration of International Peace One Day which took place on 21 September 2012 at Anand Ashram Ubud.
Since 1991, Anand Krishna In the last 19 years, Anand has spoken to millions through television shows, radio talks, in-house trainings, books, newspaper interviews and articles, as well as daily meetings and workshops held at Anand Ashram, One Earth Retreat Center, Anand Krishna Center and Graha Indonesia, the four centers of meditation established by him in the Indonesian Capital of Jakarta, the suburban city of Bogor, the palatial ancient city of Yogyakarta, and the beautiful island of Bali. Ashram Ubud is the fifth center that is dedicated to Mother Divine. Anand Krishna is founder of Anand Ashram Foundation (affiliated with UNDPI).
One day before that ceremony, there is an Unveiling of the International Bali Meditators’ Festival. This festival takes place in Ubud, Bali, every year and now it’s the 4th time. The event was organized by Anand Ashram in collaboration with various parties. On 1st September 2012 Anand Krishna also executed a national symposium A Road to Global Interfaith Harmony in Yogyakarta and launched The Charter for Global Harmony. Using this charter as a tool, we call upon peoples of all nations to spend at least 20 minutes each day in meditation, using any technique that they are familiar with, or which is in line with their tradition/belief system. For it is only through inward looking and meditation that Inner Peace can ever be achieved. Parallel to this practice, we also call upon all peoples to physically engage themselves unconditionally in some kind of selfless social service for at least 2 hours each week or 8 hours every month. Such social service undertaken must not be directed to the members of one community alone. Indeed, it would be much more beneficial, if the service is provided to peoples belonging to different communities, having different social, religious, and political affiliations. See http://www.charterforglobalharmony.org/
Tjokorda Gde Putra AA Sukawati, King of Puri Agung Ubud said that meditation is a powerful tool to unite the society. In the 9th century there was already a meditation practice in Ubud which is called Payogan. The meditation created compact social organizations namely the Banjar, Desa, and Subak which still exist until the 21st century. Subak is an irrigation organization recognized as World Heritage.
Drs. Hari Untoro Drajad MA, and Expert Staff in Multiculturalism of Department of Tourism and Creative Economy said that the local wisdoms of a number of local cultures are already aiming to realize a global harmony. In Bali especially, the well-known Tri Hita Karana optimizes the relationships of each human beings with God, with others and with the environment.
The event was attended by Prominent Representatives of Several Faiths.
Among those present were:
- Ida Pedanda Gde Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa, Dharma Adhyaksa of Hindu
- Drs. Hari Untoro Dradjat MA, Senior Advisor for Multicultural Mininstry of Tourism & Creative Economy.
- Michele Zaccheo, United Nations Director Information Center-Jakarta
- AA. Ngurah Oka Ratmadi, SH, Chairman of Bali Province House of Representative.
- Amarjeet Singh Takhi, Consult General of India.
- Brett Farmer, Consult General of Australia.
- Dr. Ravindra Kumar, Founder/Secretary General World Movement Trust.
- Tjokorda Gde Putra AA Sukawati, King of Ubud.
- Dr. Kiran Lata Dangwal, University of Lucknow India.
- Dr. Sayoga, Anand Ashram Foundation.
- Dr. Ir. Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, MSi, Regent of Gianyar.
- Ida Pedanda Gde Putra Telabah, High Priest.
- Major General (retired), Sang Nyoman Suwisma. Chairman of Hindu Dharma Council.
- Dr. Musdah Mulia, Chair Person of Indonesia Conference on Religion.
- Mr. Emerald Starr, Humanitad.
Governor of Bali, expects the Global Harmony monument increasing the sense of togetherness of all faiths.
That is one significant step in Anand Krishna’s effort to unite the diversity in Indonesia. However, he now suffers a terrible injustice in the country he loves so much ….. Julia Suryakusuma a renown writer wrote in Jakarta Post……
Indonesia, I think, is a conundrum country par excellence, ranging from the weird (having sex in graveyards for spiritual and material gain), ironic (hardliners shouting “God is Great” while bashing people), funny (wearing woolly hats in the scorching sun), to the frustrating (entrenched corruption and failing reform).
Recently, I came across a whopper of a legal conundrum: the overturning of spiritual guru Anand Krishna’s acquittal on sexual abuse charges by the South Jakarta Court. On Aug. 2 the Supreme Court (MA) granted the cassation appeal filed by prosecutors calling for the verdict to be overturned, and Anand Krishna was sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment.
Huh? Isn’t it a universal principle that when a person is acquitted, he or she is usually acquitted forever? Yes, even in Indonesia! Article 244 of Indonesia’s Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP) states that appeals cannot be brought to the Supreme Court if the defendant has been declared innocent by a lower court.
So how did this legal back-flip happen? It seems the prosecutors disregarded the KUHAP, and took legal refuge in a decision of the justice minister from 1983 that stated that acquittals by a lower court could be challenged in the Supreme Court “on the basis of the situation and conditions, for law, justice and truth”.
Now, I’m no lawyer, but how can a Ministerial Decree have greater legal weight than a formalized law?
From the start it seemed like the case might have been trumped up to discredit Anand and his teachings of peace and pluralism (see “When prosecution becomes persecution”, The Jakarta Post, April 21, 2011). The fact that when all was said and done, legally speaking, the prosecutors just kept on going, makes it look suspiciously like vexatious litigation to me.
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