Karangasem: 22 December, 2017
The first time I saw a photograph of Mangku Bon I felt calm. I wrote about my feelings when I updated my blog 1 October, 2017.
The second time Mangku Bon came to my attention was on 13 December, 2017 when dramatic video footage became viral on social media after his trek to the summit of Mount Agung.
Photo credit facebook Ikomang Giri
Local facebook chat forums went into overdrive.
I became perplexed over negative dialogue and felt compelled to defend and protect our Holy men who were performing their duties to serve God on our sacred Island of the Gods.
I was hypnotised by Mangku Bon, his energy was radiating something magnificent. I needed to find out more.
I dreamt I met with Mangku Bon, in my dream we prayed together.
The spiritual meeting with Mangku Bon happened effortlessly. My connection with I Kadek Putra Yasa transpired like magic.
I spoke to Kadek on the telephone and explained my dream. I also conveyed my commitment to the Balinese Hindu faith.
Kadek organized a meeting with Mangku Bon with enthusiasm, he was also curious to meet with the gatekeeper of our “Big Fella”.
When we arrived at Mangku Bon’s home at the foothills of our holy mountain my dream became a reality. I was overwhelmed with emotion.
In my heart I knew that my vision had transported me to his home for a reason.
It was vital to record and transmit the holy message from the gatekeeper of our sacred volcanic mountain. I feel as though Mangku Bon holds the sacred key to a Universal truth. The revelations he disclosed are astounding.
I had prepared a list of questions to ask, however, I decided to go with the flow and see what transpired.
I asked our niece Eka to remind me to ask the important questions I had written in a note book.
I recorded the fifty-eight minute conversation on my IPhone.
Eka and Made translated the dialogue.
Made: My wife saw you on facebook when you climbed Gunung Agung and wanted to meet you. Before she saw you on facebook she was having heart palpitations. After she saw your photograph her heart became normal again.
Mangku Bon: I don’t know how to speak English can you translate?
Made: Yes. When you first climbed Mount Agung in October my wife wrote a story about you. I didn’t know about you until I saw you in the Bali Post.
MB: Yes, I trekked Mount Agung at the end of September.
Kadek: When you climbed last time with Mangku Mokoh did you start from the same place?
MB: Yes. I started at 11pm in the evening and arrived at 7am in the morning. I have trekked eight times. Sometimes when I have trekked, I arrive at 8am and sometimes at 9am.
MB: Where did you come from? How did you find me? How did you meet Kadek? How did you organize to come?
Made: We connected on facebook. My wife called Kadek and he organized to meet you.
MB: Where do you live?
Made: I live in Sangeh
MB: Oh okay. I have been to Plaga, Pentang and Penarungan. I have trekked Mount Batur and slept there one night. I have also trekked Mount Batukaru and I have slept there too. I have been to Tanah Lot temple.
Made:Why did you go to these places?
MB : My daughter is married and lives in Tabanan Megati. My other daughter is married and lives in Tabanan Samsam. My third daughter is married and lives in Abiansemal. Now I stay with my son who is not yet married. He is at the market now. I also look after my two grandchildren.
Kadek: When you trekked Mount Agung did you go directly, or did you rest?
MB: I always rest half way. There is a temple half way up the mountain called Pura Dukuh Bujangga Sakti, this where I rest and pray. I relax for two hours and then I climb again.
Kadek: Is it true there is a generation of albino in the Villages in this district around the mountain?
MB: Yes this is true. Many generations of keturunan orang putih (albino) live in this area.
In the past the God from Pura Dukuh Bujangga Sakti is really magic (sakti) the spirit name is Dukuh Bujangga Sakti and this is where it lives on Mount Agung. This is the reason why so many generations of albino live in this area.
Kadek:How old were you in 1963?
MB: I was the same age as my youngest son is now. I remember that eruption was bigger than now. Now it is nothing compared to 1963. In 1963 there was dust rain, stone and lava behind my house. We were blessed in 1963 because only seven people died in our area.
Kadek: Are the conditions the same now as it was before the 1963 big eruption.
MB: No. The earthquakes in 1963 were 100 per cent worse than the earthquakes we have experienced so far.
Made When will the process of the volcano finish? Will it be a very big explosion? Can you tell me from the Penglihatan mata batin vision of the inner eye what can you see?
MB:It will not be a big explosion. It will continue to be a slow eruption. I believe the process will be finished in 9 months.
The next explosion will be in 45 years. The next explosion will be big like 1963.
Made: Did you make the same offerings and processes now as you did in 1963?
MB: No different. We did much bigger offerings and processes in 1963. Now I do a simple process. For example, tridatu. I took the tridatu thread to Mount Agung and did a holy blessing and then buried it in the ground. I am praying to the Gods to save the world.
The thread is a sign from the God as a blessing, in Sekala and Niskala (seen and unseen worlds) we must always pray to the Gods to bless the entire world. I am praying to God to make the area around Mount Agung safe.
I have climbed Gunung Agung eight times for praying.
- The first time I took canang sari (simple offering).
- The second time I used two complete offerings of pejati/daksina plus one white duck and one white chicken as a sacrifice in the crater.
- The third time we prayed for bhakti. A complete ritual of focused prayer for prosperity for the farmers to have healthy crops and for the entire world to have abundance. I prayed for everything to be good. I prayed for the people, I prayed for the animals and for the plants to be safe. You can see the healthy grass around my home. Everything is green. Everything is good and God has blessed the world. I listen to Pawisik, which means the heart message from the God.
- I repeated the rituals, the same as the third trek until the eighth trek. On the eighth visit I dug up the tridatu thread 42 days from when I buried it. I carried it with me and placed it in the small temple in my house.
The message from God is that everybody in the world must believe in his or her heart, 100 per cent in God’s message. If they believe 100 per cent in God he will always bless the world like paradise.
The God has already made the world, we believe it because we can see it. How can anyone not believe in God, we have natural disasters like the volcano, this comes from God. Smoke and fire has already come from Mount Agung.
I am not sure if the process is finished because raining of stone, fire and lava has not come out of the crater the same as it did in 1963. My heart tells me that it is impossible that it will be the same disaster as 1963.
Made: Why have you climbed the summit of Mount Agung so many times? Who is telling you to go?
MB: This is from my heart. I do not expect anything in return for trekking to the top to visit the God. I just want to know about the condition of the volcano. I don’t care what they say on television. I want to know for myself.
The eight times I have trekked to the summit it has come from my heart.
Made: When the explosion happened in 1963, how did you stay safe? Why are you still in your house when everyone else is in the camp?
MB: I believe that it doesn’t matter where I live, if I am meant to die then it is my time to die. If I don’t die then it is not my time to die.
No matter where I live, if I always pray and believe in the God then kehendak whatever is meant to be will be. If I believe in God, he will give me a message how to keep safe.
I give my heart, soul and body to God. I surrender to God. Even if I move to another house, if God believes it is my time to die, then I will die. I meditate every night to focus on the God.
Made: In 1963 how many people lived around this Village? How many people survived?
MB: I remember many people living around this area in 1963. Most of the people were safe. Only seven people died in this area. We live a simple life as farmers. We pray for healthy crops on the farm.
Made: Do you feel that Mount Agung is very special in your heart?
Made: Do you plan to trek again to the summit?
MB: I want to go, however I am still looking for the perfect day. I must have pawisik message from the God.
Kadek: Do you feel safe when you are trekking?
MB: I do not use a mask or goggles when I trek. My friend always uses a mask and goggles. I inhaled the sulfur. I was interested in experiencing the sensation. It wasn’t a problem for me because I have protection from the God.
Made: I thought sulfur is dangerous, the Doctor says sulfur is dangerous?
MB: I was breathing in the sulfur dioxide. I believe that because I have already been exposed, I have antibody to protect me. I have a strong foundation, my body is strong. I meditate every night.
Made: Do you think they picked the right day for Eka Desa Rudra prior to the last eruption?
MB: The Government picked the date last time in consultation with the Holy Calendar. Yes, I believe it was the correct day.
Kadek: When you climbed Gunung Agung last time did you feel an Earthquake?
MB: No. I was resting for 1½ hours on top. The sound was so strong. I was interested in listening to the big noise. I was wondering what might happen next? I wanted to stay longer to see the big eruption. My friends kept telling me to go back because they were scared. Nothing happened so I came back down the mountain.
Made: Did you feel scared on the top?
MB: No. I felt free. I didn’t feel hot. I felt cold. If I died on the summit it would be better than if I died in my house.
As a human when you are born from your Mother you return to the Earth. If I die in the explosion, then it is meant to be. I would be a sacrifice to the Gods.
Made: Do you feel like you were chosen by God as the guardian of Mount Agung?
MB: Yes. God is taking my hand to do this job. I pray for Gunung Agung and the world. Not the opposite, sometimes people get confused. God is always looking after the people and giving messages. We must listen. We must do as God asks.
Yes. I am the guardian of Gunung Agung. The God will protect me. (*Mangku Bon says this with passion)
Made: You have an important job. My wife and I want to thank you from our heart for looking after Mount Agung and the world.
MB: I have prayed many times. Not just for my area, but for all entire world. I pray for all humans, all animals and all plants. I pray for all.
If the plant is healthy then the circle of life is perfect.
I pray for balance in the world.
We are all the humans in the world, we are all family.
We are all the same.
Even if it is a big explosion, I am praying that it is not huge and that it will not destroy the world. I am only a human being and I cannot stop the process because it is the cycle of the volcano.
That is why I pray for global balance in nature and humans. (*Mangku Bon says this with intense passion).
Please God, I pray for everything in this world that is in your hand. You are the creator. I pray for you God. Whatever you decide is the good thing.
Not one person in this world is different. We are all family. If there is a bad person or bad a thing I pray for the good thing always. I never pray for bad. For example, if a cow comes to my field to eat my grass and the cow does not belong to me. I still pray for a good healthy life for the cow.
Another example. If the Tiger or Elephant or scary animal comes to me, I don’t pray to the God to destroy them. I always pray for the good thing.
I pray to God to keep them healthy and calm and for pengurip pengurip (positive energy).
When our meeting concluded Mangku Bon asked Made, Eka and myself if we would like to pray in his small room.
We had prepared an offering which Mangku Bon placed in his small temple. Mangku Bon blessed us and gave us a piece of tridatu thread, the same thread he had retrieved from the holy mountain. We wrapped the thread around our wrists.
Mangku Bon repeated this blessing for Kadek and his friends.
We stood at the foothills of Holy Gunung Agung and took photographs.
Kadek smiled at me and said,
“Sharon, your dream came true”
Being blessed by Mangku Bon at the base of the most fascinating active volcano on this planet was ethereal to say the least. To be tip tap tapping away transcribing this sacred text on Christmas Eve is mind blowing.
I pray that Mangku Bon’s wisdom will be read by the masses.
I pray that I can follow Mangku Bon’s wisdom.
Mangku Bon is a humble farmer, father, loving grandfather and adventurer who loves to pray and meditate.
He is the gatekeeper and guardian to our Holy Gunung Agung.
I truly believe that Mangku Bon holds the key that answers that question we have all been seeking. The answer to the universal puzzle called life.
follow me on Facebook
follow me on Instagram
follow me on Twitter