Bulletin 21 November 2011Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset
Meeting every Monday at 5:30pm Maya Resort, Ubud …
A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.
Bulletin 21 November 2011
Members: Rucina, Rosalind, Gabe, Cat, Philip, Patricia, Fred, Mandy, Bill, Augie, Lloyd, Mary Jane
Guests: Jeff Kiffer, Garret Kam, Jane (SF, California), Diane Parker (RC Kelowna, Ogopogo, BC, Canada), Jeremiah Abrams, Heather Conte, Amit Jahas (Montreal), Ferlin Yoswara (RC Bandung Dago, Sangtu (Bangli), Joe Baxter (San Diego, California), Sergio (California), Kristi Emita (California)
Announcements, Correspondence, Reports
Rosalind shared her excitement upon returning to Ubud and returning to good health, and Lloyd shared Heather’s role in supporting Rosalind’s health crisis.
Lloyd: Preparation for DG Ridlo Eisy’s visit. Tonight we were fortunate to Rtn. Ferlin Yoswara as a guest. She is a member of RC Bandung, the club of DG Ridlo. Lloyd asked Ferlin to give us some insights into DG Ridlo, so we could better plan our welcome next week.
Cat’s Projects Report: The Sumba Water tank projects in Sumba are back to the “basket” because unfortuantely RC Manningham’s proposal wasn’t accepted. We’ll keep trying to get continued funding for this worthy project. Another project we would like to support are scholarships for students at the Singaraja Electrician Trade School, a high quality school with a record of good employment for the graduates. Lloyd’s company might take 1 graduate.
Lloyd : Shared the story of Kathleen Roche-Tansey (from our sister club, RC La Jolla Golden Triangle). She was the “Rotarian of The Day” in her dynamic club, and has an incredibly impressive life story.
Gabe Voice of Rotary : The Rotary Foundation is the main charity engine of Rotary. A philantropist said: “It is harder to give money away intelligently than raise it.”
Efficiency of funds: More than 90% of Rotary Foundation funds are spent on programs. (It is said that a charity is efficient if they spend more then 70% money raised for program, so Rotary is doing very well).
Gabe featured tonight a clever list of 51 reasons to contribute to the Rotary Foundation from Rtn Bhaskaran Pillai’s book “Know your Rotary”.
There is a destiny that makes us brothers,
None lives for Self alone,
All that we sent into the lives of others
Comes back into our own” –
Patricia won the pashmina shawl from the raffle!
Guest Speaker: Garrett Kam
Garrett once again shared his expertise about Balinese ritual and tradition. Bali has just celebrated Saraswati Day, so he made this the focus of his talk.
Saraswati Day marks the end of the 210 day ritual cycle and honours Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. In India, Saraswati was a river, either real or ritual, which perhaps represents the flow of knowledge.
Garrett told us how two sisters meditated on a mountaintop in pursuit of divine power. The eldest gave birth to a son through immaculate conception, and the child was so powerful even at birth that he was named ‘Stone Mountain’. His power manifested in a huge appetite, and as a toddler he once opened the cooking pot before the meal was ready to take some food. His irritated mother hit him with the cooking spoon, causing a deep wound on his head.
The child ran away and after many adventures became a great king. Wanting to marry, he roamed until he found two sisters — in fact his aunt and mother – who had maintained eternal youth. He married his mother and had many children. Then one day his wife/mother found the scar that identified him as her son and the incest was discovered. He was challenged by 27 kings and defeated them all. Then his mother suggested that he marry Dewi Sri, the goddess of abundance. He fought Wisnu for her, and lost.
Saraswati is an important day for healers, high priests and school children. Balinese seek holy water from high priests on this day to make offerings. Some healers have lontar (holy books) with magical, sacred remedies, prayers and treatments. Holy water from these lontars is used to bless books. Balinese may not read, write or use computers on Saraswati Day. School children and university students wear pakaian adat (temple clothes) to school to participate in group prayers to ensure high marks.
Garrett showed us a beautiful painting of Saraswati with four arms, holding a lontar (knowledge), prayer beads, a blue lotus (purity) and a lute, representing speech and the power of words. She rides a swan or goose (angsa) on a river, and is surrounded by a radiant halo. She is believed to be the ancestress of Mother Goose, the patron deity of European school children.
The Balinese KRIS
Saturday, December 3 is Tumpuk Landep. Tumpek days occur every 35 days within the 210 day cycle honouring certain objects. December 3 honours sharp tools including the kris or dagger. The Balinese kris is bigger and longer than the Javanese kris, and is traditionally a male weapon. Very short, delicate kris are sometimes made for palace/high caste women to conceal in their hair and to be used to defend their honour.
The kris blade is never pulled out horizontally. Hold the handle with the left hand, raise the scabbard vertically and pull the scabbard from the blade with the right hand to show respect. Kris blades can only be made by men of the Pande caste, who understand the alchemy of metals.
The blade is made of layers of iron and nickel which is heated, folded together and then beaten to create unique patterns. The wavy blade of the kris may have between 3 and 35 curves, always an odd number, and represents a serpent at rest. The curved kris blade was designed to do maximum physical damage during warfare. To check whether the energy of a kris is appropriate for a new owner, the man measures four finger widths along the blade; in a perfect match, there will be no space left over.
In east Bali, where the kris is worn to temple, it is considered good for the blade to draw blood but this is not done in south Bali.
Garrett then showed us how a well-made kris could stand on its point. A sacred kris will spin and dance without falling.
Many thanks to Garrett for sharing his deep knowledge of Balinese culture in such an interesting way.
November 23 is Pagerwesi (Iron Fence), and a fence of offerings is made to protect the household.by