Kejawen
Javanese Mysticism

Javanese Mysticism

Animistic, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and modern influences are all evident within Kejawen and it is impossible to understand many internal developments without knowledge of national political struggles. The Javanist perspective on larger Indonesian ev...
The Basis of Subud

The Basis of Subud

Behind the superficial longing for security that originates from fear, there is the deeper and more real need felt in our heart for true happiness, such as can only come from within and which cannot be attained by the satisfaction of material desires....
The Javanese Worldview

The Javanese Worldview

Generally, a worldview, or Weltanschauung , is an abstraction from life experience; it is a way of thinking and feeling about values, social organization, behavior, events, and other aspects of experience. These various aspects of experience, based on...
Panduan Wulang Wuruk

Panduan Wulang Wuruk

The Sastrå Harjéndrå  teaching can be studied through several basic levels aimed at (the realization of) perfection, which consist of: 1. Pengasihan – Water Level Pengasihan also means ‘worldly success’ and ‘material wealth’ (‘Pengasihan ’ and ‘Pangirup...
The Sastrå Harjéndrå Teaching

The Sastrå Harjéndrå Teaching

The Sastrå Harjendrå teaching is an ancient philosophy inherited from the ancestors of Nusantara (Southeast Asia), in particular from the Javanese (Kêjawèn ). The Javanese gained their spiritual knowledge through contemplation of the assets of life...
Saptå Sêsanti: The Seven Precepts

Saptå Sêsanti: The Seven Precepts

In Javanese mysticism, there are seven precepts which man should practice in order to prosper and to attain the highest spiritual goal in life. These seven precepts are called ‘Saptå Sêsanti ’; ‘sapta’ means seven in both Sanskrit and Javanese, and ‘sesa...
The Asta Brata Teaching

The Asta Brata Teaching

In the late eighteenth century Old-Javanese Rāmāyaṇa kakawin  written by Yasadipura I (1729–1803 CE), the court poet of  Surakarta, we can read about the basic principles of becoming a righteous ruler, a just leader. There are eight principles mention...
Kirab Malam Satu Suro Ritual

Kirab Malam Satu Suro Ritual

The most auspicious event of Satu Suro plays an important role in the life of the Javanese. Satu Suro marks the first (‘satu’) day of the Suro month, which is considered the most sacred month of the Javanese calendar. Furthermore, Suro is the first mon...