At night the jungle is ALIVE with sounds. I feel Strong force of Divine in this place responding to all the offerings. It’s communicating through the land, flora and fauna, the insects, birds, the energy of place is alive and awake with Mother Earth.
These offerings, called “Canang Sari,” are a daily ritual, prepared using coconut leaves to create a square basket that is then filled with rice and flowers, that Balinese offer to their Gods three times a day. The construction of these magical offerings is the foundation of daily and spiritual life for this wonderful culture. Each offering is hand made and constructed with LOVE. Typical flowers used in offerings are hydrangeas, plumeria, marigold, sandat and pacah – all brilliant colors that represent the chakras. Even placing the flowers in the offerings contain ritual, as one is not allowed to smell the flowers to be used in the offering, until the offering is actually made. Incense is lighted and placed in the offering as the blessing is made.
It is a ritual of giving back what has been given to you by the Gods. It is a sharing that is not based upon fear, but on gratitude to the richness of life. Offering appeases the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour at the same time, and in Balinese perspective a very natural and almost logical thing to maintain a good relationship between people and spirits. Balinese believe in reincarnation of the spirit, the partition of the spirit from the body is a process that is not an end in itself, but merely a continuation of cycles. The key to balance in life is obtained through a harmonious relationship between the spirits other human beings, and the nature that surrounds us. Next time you stumble upon an offering tray, remember that it may seem like a small thing but the whole cosmos is related to it, so it’s best not to step on it.