Bali MEDITATES is initiated by Anand Krishna, the most prominent spiritualist of the Indonesian Archipelago. He is one of a handful few who promoted meditation as a way of life, free of all denominations, when the word "meditation" itself was not yet popular in indonesia. Indeed, as he has written in one of his books (almost 140 to date), meditation at that time would always be related with Hindu or Buddhist faiths. Hence, other religions scoff at it.
It was hard, but he never gave up. He researched all major religions and faiths, including the local beliefs to find the common roots of meditation in all of them. He wrote about his researches and shared his findings through books, interviews with both print and electronic medias and public talks. Some of his writings can be accessed by clicking here (www.aumkar.org).
Bali MEDITATES envisions an ENLIGHTENED SOCIETY, based upon spirituality or religiosity, based on personal experiment and experience, not on religious dogmas and doctrines enforced by any institutions.
To realize its vision, Bali MEDITATES promote a Meditative Way of Life, Meditation as a Way of Life. Bali MEDITATES is presently preparing itself to connect with and collect the various meditation groups based in Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia to jointly organize an annual meet, or rather FESTIVAL OF MEDITATORS. This, then is the mission of Bali MEDITATES.
The festival aims to bring togather all meditators in the world to:
*create an enlightened society
*exchange information, experiences, knowledge and cross-cultural understanding regarding meditation.
*experience cross-cultural based meditation.
*create networking and partnership internationally.
*increase public awareness about related current issues.