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The Story of Bharatayuda


In Java, it is called BHARATAYUDA JAYABINANGUN, a war to end the
conflict between PANDAWA and KAURAWA, which where cousins from the
same dynasty - BHARATA's. The winners should continue the dynasty
ruling over HASTINAPURA Empire.

It was an unavoidable war designed by heaven's power to eliminate all
evil elements in the world. There were two opposite camps, fighting
to ruin each other. But not every person involved directly in the
battle, they were exception.

KRESNA by divine decision, was not allowed to involved in direct
battle, using his power and weapon to crash KAURAWA, because of this
happened, KAURAWA should be melted instantly by powerful KRESNA. He
was permitted to act as PANDAWA's advisor and coachman of ARJUNA.
DESTARATA and WIDURA remained neutral. BALADEWA did not agree with a
war solution, had left the battlefield.
http://www.angelfire.com/nt2/oz2002i...haratayuda.htm
Some elder figures such as BISMA, DURNA, KRIPA, and KING SALYA
although they were against DURYUDANA's attitude, due to their own
reasons had to join KAURAWA's forces. SENGKUNI and KARNA with full
determination also joined to KAURAWA.

On the side of PANDAWA were famous KSATRIAS from CEMPALA kingdom such
as DRESTAJUNMENA, the woman archer SRIKANDI, from WIRATA Kingdom,
UTORO and his brothers - RESI SETO and SANGA, SETYAKI from DWARAWATI.
The sons of PANDAWA, the brave and powerful GATOTKACA, ABIMAYU,
BAMBANG IRAWAN.

Seeing the list of fighters, the war in KURUSETA terrain should be
dreadful !.

DEWI KUNTI and KARNA - The Mother and Son

When both sides were preparing for the war a mother was worried for
the destiny of one of her sons, her eldest son. Viceroy KARNA of
AWANGGA, was a chief warrior of KAURAWA, going to fight his own
brothers - PANDAWA in 'alive or die' battle. She confessed her
mistake by not telling KARNA and PANDAWA that they were brothers -
her sons. The mother DEWI KUNTI was same as any mother in earth,
could not see her own sons going to kill each other. Secretly and
decisively he went to see KARNA in his residence.

The viceroy was amazed by her visit, then asked her, "What could a
son of coachman do for you, queen KUNTI, the mother of the noble
PANDAWA ?".

"You are not a son of a coachman, ADIRATA is not your father, your
father is God SURYA and your mother is me, KUNTI, who is also the
mother of PANDAWA, your own brothers", KUNTI said.

Then KUNTI told KARNA the real story. She begged KARNA, in this very
critical moment, it was right to leave the bad character of KAURAWA
and joined his brothers - PANDAWA who were on the right side.

KUNTI continued, "By joining your brothers PANDAWA, all of you should
be a powerful force able to eliminate whatever evil in the world.
Please KARNA, my son, or SURYAPUTRA (son of God SURYA), do it as a
reflection of your mother's love!".

KARNA the brave warrior was shocked to hear this sudden evidence, his
senses told him that what KUNTI said was true and he could feel also
the approval of God SURYA. After having composed of himself KARNA
replied sadly, "What you have asked me, dear mother, is against
KSATRIA's character. What you have done to me since I was born had
robbed my right of a mother's love. I have eaten the rice of KAURAWA
and I have been given position, luxurious life and trusted by them. I
have also advised them to go in war, and now all of a sudden, I join
PANDAWA. What will people think of me? I have betrayed my trust, I am
a traitor!". Trying not to be emotional he further said, "In respect
of your order to me, dear mother, I will not do any harm to PANDAWA
in the war, no matter what they are going to do to me. I will not
kill them, except to ARJUNA. So PANDAWA will remain five persons, the
fifth is either ARJUNA or me. Please apologize me!".

DEWI KUNTI could say nothing, then she left after giving him a big
hug. She asked to herself, "Who could avoid the fate of life?". She
hoped God should bless him.

THE BATTLE IN KURUSETRA

RESI BISMA - The GREAT FIGHTER

On the first day of BHARATAYUDA JAYABIMANGUN, RESI BISMA was
appointed by KAURAWA as their commander in chief (SENAPATI), PANDAWA
entrusted this duty to DRESTAJUMENA, elder brother of DRUPADI and
SRIKANDI. BISMA the grand father of PANDAWA and KAURAWA proudly
accepted the position of SENAPATI saying that as a KSATRIA, he should
prefer to die in the battlefield than lying in bed with sickness.

Minutes before the war started, YUDISTIRA went to his grand father
BISMA alone, kneeling to great him and said, "I apologize that today
I have to fight you in this unavoidable war. But I would like to let
you know that the big family of PANDAWA love and respect you
sincerely. I would like to ask your blessing in this holy war".

The great BISMA almost cried, touching lightly YUDISTIRA head and
replied, "Deep in my heart, I always love you PANDAWA and KAURAWA, I
am sorry that I have failed to prevent this war and worse I am
compelled to join the opposite side due to my commitments to
DESTARATA. I don't hesitate that you are on the right side. Fight as
a true KSATRIA and you would win. May God bless you".

Then YUDISTIRA did the same thing by visiting KRIPA and SALYA.

The war began, BISMA fought as a lion, and the other warriors from
both side too. In the first day, from PANDAWA side UTORO and SETO of
WIRATA were killed. DURYUDANA was happy.

In the third day, after evaluating the situation, with many victims
on PANDAWA force, KRESNA advised that BISMA had to be killed right
away. ARJUNA was hesitating, how could he killed his own family,
guru, in the battle. Should it be better if PANDAWA gave up their
demand?

The wise KRESNA advised ARJUNA on morality, ethics of KSATRIA, KARMA,
DARMA, etc, among other he said, "Born as KSATRIA, you must be ready
at anytime to live and to die on a tip of a weapon. Holy duty of
KSATRIA is to serve the country by deflating enemies in the war to
win the truth". The advice of KRESNA to ARJUNA during BHARATAYUDA was
called BAGAWADGITA.

PANDAWA's forces in the meeting had decided SRIKANDI to lead
PANDAWA's army's against BISMA. BISMA upon seeing SRIKANDI tried to
avoid her. He knew that his death should be in the hand of a tomboy
woman. Although he already knew that, his lifetime was numbered, he
fought bravely. Many arrows shot by SRIKANDI, helped by ARJUNA
penetrated his old body, finally he felt down (the name of SRIKANDI
is very famous in Indonesia. Nowadays, many careers woman in
Indonesia with respect are called SRIKANDI INDONESIA).

BISMA dying surrounded by PANDAWA and KAURAWA, he told
DURYUDANA, "You are the one who could stop this war. Don't be greedy
to your own cousins PANDAWA. As for my self I am dying in piece, I
have paid my debts to KAURAWA".

DURYUDANA refused to stop the war, and accused him that BISMA had
always on the side of PANDAWA. Then BISMA said to KARNA nicely, "I
knew your secret, BATARA (god) NARADA told me that you are the son of
BATARA SURYA with DEWI KUNTI, you should take the side of your
younger brothers PANDAWA, the real KSATRIAS, fighting for the truth".

KARNA knelt to him respectfully replied, " My respected grand father,
with all my love to you, I have to join KAURAWA, who have take good
care of me for the whole life. This is the ethic of KSATRIA, I'll
sacrifice my life to pay my debts".

BISMA whispered slowly, "it is your determination, that is the best
way". BISMA death mourned deeply by all fighters.

Meanwhile many KAURAWA's brothers had died in the hand of BIMA.
PANDAWA had also paid dearly - BAMBANG IRAWAN, a son of ARJUNA died
in the heroic battle.

KAURAWA had a new commander in chief, Guru (teacher) DURNA, master of
war strategy and skillful fighter. In the thirteenth day, ONGKO
WIJAYA or ABIMAYU got killed very cruelly. He was tortured heavily in
an uneven battle, beaten by DURNA, ASWATAMA, SENGKUNI, DURSASANA,
after being trapped by JAYADRATA. PANDAWA was in mourning, especially
ARJUNA, the father of ONGKO WIJAYA.

In this sudden moment, came their grand father - ABIYOSO, he told
them no need to grieve too deeply, they had to remember the natural
law of life and death.

The DEATH of JAYADRATA

In the following mourning, Arjuna vowed to kill JAYADRATA before
sunset. BIMA in anger killed again several brothers of KAURAWA,
GATOTKACA showing his ability to fly, hit to dead many enemies'
soldiers. BURISRAWA, a strong KAURAWA's supporter was de-headed by
SETYAKI's sword.

It was already afternoon, JAYADRATA was always staying far from
ARJUNA. JAYADRATA was afraid to fight face to face with ARJUNA.
KRESNA shot his mighty CAKRA (arrow with sharp disc head), it is the
heirloom of BATARA WISHNU. The effect was surprising, clouds covered
the sun. The fighters thought it was already sunset, the battle of
today stopped and resumed again for tomorrow. JAYADRATA wanted to
spot where was ARJUNA, lifted his head.

ARJUNA had prepared his powerful heirloom - PASOPATI, an arrow given
to him from BATARA guru (ARJUNA had used PASOPATI to kill a powerful
king giant NIWATA KAWACA, who attacked the kingdom of Heaven). The
arrow hit JAYADRATA's neck, his head rolled in the earth and died.

GURU DURNA was KILLED in WAR

KRESNA the great advisor for PANDAWA knew that DURNA was not easy to
be defeated, some tactics must be used to weak him. DURNA was a
begawan (priest) but his love to his son ASWATAMA had made him taken
a wrong decision to side with KAURAWA. KRESNA asked BIMA to kill
KAURAWA's elephant by name ASWATAMA (the name was the same as DURNA's
son), after that all the soldiers had to shout strongly and
repeatedly, "ASWATAMA was dead!".

The thunderous yells were heard by DURNA, he was shocked whether it
was true. He decided to ask a confirmation to YUDISTIRA, the man who
never lied in his whole life. YUDISTIRA replied the confused DURNA
softly, "Yes, ASWATAMA, the strong elephant is dead". The worried
DURNA only heard the words 'ASWATAMA - dead'. He was totally
demoralized, he could not imagine living without his beloved son
ASWATAMA, the one he hoped to continue his aspirations of life. He
could not concentrate in battle, as a result he was killed in the
hands of DRESTAJUMENA.

GATOTKACA, SON of BIMA

GATOTKACA who had ability to fly was the air force of PANDAWA, his
powerful magic blows had victimized a lot of KAURAWA fighters. He led
an army of giant from his own kingdom - PRINGGODANI.

DURYUDANA was worried to see the storming attacks of GATOTKACA's
army. He instructed KARNA to eliminate GATOTKACA immediately,
otherwise more and more KARNA's soldiers should die within a short
time.

KARNA at that time was busy to start a duel fight against ARJUNA. He
was the only one in KAURAWA forces who had a heirloom arrow, which
could kill ARJUNA. The heirloom's name was KUNTO WIJAYA DANU. KARNA
heard a thunderous storm in the sky and a black cloud moving. He knew
by instinct that it must be GATOTKACA in action. He shot his KUNTO to
that cloud whilst going forward to face ARJUNA.

When baby GATOTKACA was born, his navel could not be cut with any
knife. Upon advice from a wise man, the navel was cut by the casing
of KUNTO arrow. But the KUNTO's casing penetrated inside his stomach
permanently. The fate had predicted that when the arrow KUNTO
returned to its casing then GATOTKACA should die. When GATOTKACA was
a youngster, by accident he had killed his giant uncle, KALABENDANA.
The spirit of KALABENDANA had been waiting to revenge. He knew the
fate of GATOTKACA's death in BHARATAYUDA. The shot of KARNA in fact
did not hit the target, the arrow KUNTO could not reach GATOTKACA who
flied too high. In a very quick move, KALABENDANA's spirit took KUNTO
and told him, " You have to return to your casing, I'll help you".
So, with the help of KALABENDANA's spirit, KUNTO hit GATOTKACA.
GATOTKACA's spirit together with KALABENDANA's went back happily to
the eternity.

ADIPATI KARNA or SURYAPUTRA

He was a very powerful or SAKTI chief warrior, respected highly by
friends and enemies. He had a very strong and high position in
HASTINAPURA, fully trusted by DURYUDANA. He had no reason at all to
complain in his life, he had everything a man should posses; wealth,
power, pride, love of his family. Everything seemed to be perfect, if
he was a son of coachman. But secret of his personality, which just
had been uncovered, by his real mother DEWI KUNTI and BISMA, had
moved his emotions.

In the eve of his first day as KAURAWA's commander in chief, ARJUNA
secretly visited him. He had the most difficult moment in his life.
ARJUNA was his ardent enemy, his competitor in archery, the man he
hated most up to now, and at the same time was also his brother.

AJUNA suddenly stood in front of him, knelt and greeted him honestly
with full of respect and said clearly, "Please accept my sincere
respects and PANDAWA's respect to you. I come here to ask your
apologies for all which had happened to Our mother, KUNTI send her
love for you and also all PANDAWA love you, our eldest brother".

KARNA, upon seeing ARJUNA's attitude could say nothing, he was deeply
moved. What he could do was just a slightly nod with tears hanging on
his eyes. ARJUNA went on, his heart was beating, "Our brother,
YUDISTIRA and all of us, have decided to listen to you as our eldest
brother, we will obey your decisions. If we win this war you are the
one who become the emperor of HASTINAPURA. We believe that from now
on, you will be always with us, your own brothers".

Upon listening and feeling what his brother said, KARNA, the powerful
ADIPATI - chief warrior could not overcome his emotions, trying to
stop the bursting tears, he embraced ARJUNA firmly. Both of them, the
mighty KSATRIAS, who did not recognized the word 'SURRENDER' in
battlefields, in reality were only human beings, could only speak
with emotion, showing deep love to each other. After a while, both of
them were self-composed. KARNA tried to speak calmly, "ARJUNA, my
dearest brother, deep in my heart, I love all of you - my PANDAWA
brothers and I also do love our mother KUNTI. I am very grateful for
your decisions, it's really the most respectable honor for me. I'm
telling you that the mistake is mine, as I fight only for my own
welfare and happiness and to defend my powerful position, full with
material wealth, I have to take the wrong side in BHARATAYUDA. I
admit that it's shameful for a KSATRIA", he paused and then
continued. "I personally beg you to understand my position, please
convey this massage to all my brothers. As for you, ARJUNA, tomorrow
don't hesitate to face me in the battle, we'll fight as true
KSATRIAS. I'm prepared to be killed to preserve my good name. Use all
your skill, use all your power. May God bless you". Then they
embraced again each other without a word and ARJUNA asked his
permission to leave.

In the next morning, KARNA wore his white dress, impressive and
charming. White dress means holy and in fact he was prepared to die.
With his sharp authoritative voice, he commanded his troop to be in
the formation and ready to attack. KARNA's coachman was KING SALYA.

On the other side, ARJUNA sit in his carriage coached by KING KRESNA.
KARNA and ARJUNA looked very determent but their hearts were governed
by emotions of family love. Should they continue? Coachmen, SALYA and
KRESNA knew the feeling of KARNA and ARJUNA and advised them to
behave as true warriors. The battles around them had started
fiercely. KARNA had just shot his KUNTO arrow to GATOTKACA. His
carriage was heading forward to face ARJUNA. They exchanged shootings
of many arrows.

All of a sudden, KARNA's carriage was torm to pieces, hit by
GATOTKACA's body falling from the sky. He was thrown away. With no
carriage he met ARJUNA directly. He was aware that ARJUNA had several
heirlooms, which should kill him. But he would be happy to be killed
by a mighty, powerful KSATRIA -ARJUNA, his own brother. He was happy
that his brothers would be glorious rulers in HASTINAPURA, not the
mad DURYUDANA.

At that time, the heirloom arrow of ARJUNA - PASOPATI hit him, and
KARNA felt down, killed heroically in the battle. His death was
mourned deeply by KAURAWA and PANDAWA. Although KARNA had fought for
KAURAWA but as the eldest brother of PANDAWA, PANDAWA family with
full heroic ceremony held the incineration of his body.

KING SALYA, the SENOPATI of KAURAWA

King SALYA, in his heart he preferred to be with PANDAWA, but he was
trapped by DURYUDANA in such a way so that he had to join KAURAWA. He
fought with all his strength, he had a powerful spell (AJI)
called 'CANDRA BIRAWA'.

When he spelled the mantra (AJI) a lot of giants came out from his
ears, and killed a lot of PANDAWA's soldiers. PANDAWA forces were
deteriorated. Again, the wise KRESNA knew his secret. The only man
who could face him was YUDISTIRA, considered as the holiest man of
all the people. He was honest, kind-hearted and never lied.

The CANDRA BIRAWA giants, would not attack if it was not attacked,
they did only counter-attack. When SALYA spelled CANDRA BIRAWA, it
was only one giant appeared, but if this giant was killed then he
would became two life giants, two would became four and then sixteen,
etc. They would multiply themselves to be hundreds and thousands of
giants. The soldiers who were counter-attacked by CANDRA BIRAWA
giants should be death definitely, their whole blood were sucked.

YUDISTIRA was a man who did not like to fight, he should meet SALYA
but instructed by KRESNA not to attack the CANDRA BIRAWA giants. The
giants were confused, they did not know what to do, in facing a
passive man. The giants soon reduced their total numbers. From 1000
giants became 10 and then became 1, the original CANDRA BIRAWA giant.

The CANDRA BIRAWA went back into the ears of the owner. SALYA had to
fight without the help of his spell, he was getting tired as he was
an old man. When YUDISTIRA released his heirloom JAMUS KALIMOSODO,
SALYA had not enough power to defend himself, he got killed right
away.

The DEATH of DURYUDANA

After SALYA's death, there was no alternative for DURYUDANA to lead
the KAURAWA himself. He was alone now, all his loyal friends and
warriors had been killed. He was rather dying himself than suffering
to live together with PANDAWA. He ran to nearby river but chased by
BIMA, then fought by using big GADA (bludgeons). Each fighter, full
with anger and hatred, wanted to kill his enemy as quickly as
possible. DURYUDANA did not surrender easily, although he had no hope
for the future anymore. KRESNA showed the weakness point of DURYUDANA
and told BIMA what to do. BIMA hit DURYUANA's thigh with his big GADA
RUJAKPALA. DURYUDANA collapsed and could not move anymore. He was
dead in agony. The evil king or the king of evil at last died.

BHARATAYUDA was over now, the good and the truth had defeated the
evil, the greediness. The price of this glorious day was too heavy
for PANDAWA, in HASTINAPURA lived a lot of widows and orphans.

In the night after the war was considered over, The son of DURNA -
ASWATAMA, together with KRIPA and KARTAMARMA, treacherously slip into
PANDAW's camp. Then killed some PANDAWA's family and then burned the
camp and ran away hiding in the forest. DRUPADI saw who had done
dishonest killing. The following morning, they were captured by
PANDAWA and eliminated.

YUDISTIRA, EMPEROR of HASTINAPURA

There were no more obstacles for YUDISTIRA to govern the country
wisely. HASTINAPURA was a prosperous and peaceful country, respected
highly by its neighbors and maintained good relation with other
countries.

DESTARATA and GENDARI, the parent of KAURAWA, lived together with
KUNTI, the mother of PANDAWA. They were treated honorably by PANDAWA
and always been respected as their own parents. All the PANDAWA's
sons were dead in BHARATAYUDA, to some extent, the death of all
PANDAWA's son was ARJUNA's mistake. He had successfully helped God
GURU by killing a giant king NIWATAKAWACA who menaced to ruin
SURALAYA, the God palace. God NARADA, in the name of God Guru, had
given him a Goddess - SUPRABA to marry, besides he was promised by
NARADA that BATARA GURU should grant him whatever a request he made.
ARJUNA, accompanied by SEMAR, spontaneously replied, he wished that
after the BHARATAYUDA all PANDAWA remained alive. This request was
agreed by NARADA.

SEMAR was shocked to hear the conversation. He told ARJUNA that when
a man asking something from God, it should be clearly and precisely.
In that case ARJUNA should ask for the life of PANDAWA and their
children, not only for PANDAWA. But the deal was done, the fate
should prove.

Luckily PANDAWA had one descendant, the grand child of ARJUNA,
PARIKESIT, the son of the late ABIMAYU and UTARI. PARIKESIT was the
crown prince of HASTINAPURA.

DESTARATA and GENDARI after living honorably with PANDAWA for several
years, decided to live as hermits in a lovely place to donate the
rest of their life for SAMADI (meditation), DEWI KUNTI as sign of
solidarity joined them. PANDAWA in tears respected this decision as
it was in accordance with the teaching of DARMA.

PARIKESIT, the NEW EMPEROR of HASTINAPURA

After almost three decades in power, in the situation of relatively -
peaceful and prosperous, PANDAWA decide to resign from public life.
The crown prince PARIKESIT had been educated properly with PANDAWA
themselves as his teachers, considered mature enough to rule the
country. Also the younger generation, as a result of a wise and
proper training was ready to live in harmony.

The PANDAWA's generation, their loyal and respected friends like
KRESNA and his families had already passed away. So, it was the time
also for PANDAWA to leave all matters related with life in the world.

PARIKESIT had received all the knowledge previously mastered by
PANDAWA. In short, he knew and should practice the three DARMA,
consist of :

1.
DARMANING PENDITO UTOMO


Darma
:
a good teaching or way of life

Pendito
:
a priest, a saint, dedicated his entire life to God Almighty, for
a perfect an correct behavior and action

Utomo
:
a perfect and correct behavior and action; a first class quality.

Meaning
:
he had to think and do as a good PENDITO.




2.
DARMANING RATU GUNG BINATORO


Ratu
:
King or queen

Gung
:
From AGUNG -great

BINATORO
:
From BATORO -God, a very honorable god's behavior.

Meaning
:
He had to think, consider and do like a great respected king.
Must be just and wise.




3.
DARMANING SATRIO WIROTOMO


Satrio
:
a title of nobility: knight, in ordinary life: gentleman. Satrio is
always considered of a man with noble quality, well educated,
having good conduct and behavior.

Wiro
:
dare, not afraid.

Meaning
:
He had to think and act using his brains. He must be polite and
knew what's right and wrong. He must work hard and always
ready to defend the truth, combating the evil at whatever cost.




In Javanese life, the position of PENDITO (begawan, resi, priest,
saint) and RATU (king or queen and all noble family) are considered
very respected, even close to divine quality. So, all their words and
deeds are considered right. They are called the PANUTAN, the one that
should be followed and obeyed. A Javanese proverb says:
SABDO PENDITO RATU means that everyone who has said or promised
something must fulfill or honor it.

Nowadays, a real leader, must posses the three DARMA, following the
example of the WAYANG KULIT philosophy. PARIKESIT was inaugurated as
the new Emperor to continue the ruling of PANDAWA dynasty, guided by
the holy principles of three DARMA.

PANDAWA RETURN to WHERE THEY CAME FROM

PANDAWA together with DRUPADI having satisfied with their life in
earth, voluntarily and consciously left the palace compound. Walking
to purify their souls they went to mount MAHAMERU (SEMERU). The top
of this mountain was considered sacred, a place next to heaven where
holy Gods live. That was an episode full with spiritual teaching.
PANDAWA they were five - YUDISTIRA, BIMA, ARJUNA, NAKULA and SADEWA,
but in fact symbolizing the life of a person with the five senses,
DRUPADI symbolizing the real feeling of a man.

In their existence of life, PANDAWA had always together, they could
not be separated one by the others, in good or in bad situation. If
one of them was separated, PANDAWA's should not be in balance. This
reflects the life of a person as a whole. In this journey to
eternity, one by one of them felt down and disappeared.

At first, DRUPADI, symbols of human life and feeling, the latest was
YUDISTIRA or PUNTADEWA or DARMAKUSUMA, the holder of the kingdom (of
life), the leader of the other four brothers (four senses). He was
seriously (SUSETYO) leading the others four.

The second was BIMA, who strongly and determinedly (SANTOSA)
protecting PANDAWA. The third was ARJUNA, who was alert to keep the
truth (BENER). The fourth was NAKULA, who was clever and skillful. No
goal could be reached without a skill (PINTER). And the fifth was
SADEWA, who always accomplished everything with the principle at high
morality (SUSILA & TATAKRAMA). A human being has to pass the above
symbols in his life on this earth. In short he must have a holy
heart, doing right & correct things, patient, polite, love others,
never hurt others, so that he live safely. In order to reach the
condition of holiness, in preparation to be the united again with his
holy origin (from where he came from before his birth). Sometimes a
man needs to be in solitude, where he should practice self-denial,
with limited food, sleep, sex and should not speak over the bad
conducts of other people and should not torture animals.. That kind
situation should enlighten him to kill all of desires of five senses
and oppress his lust. He should be able more easily to concentrate in
SAMADI (meditation).

To achieve this holy goal, the soul purity, the meditator has to kill
all the desires of lucrative food and material wealth as well as bad
or wrong or sinful hearth's wishes.

PANDAWA had solemnly do that to achieve pure reflection or reality of
holy life. In the gate of heaven, God INDRA, the ruler of heaven and
God, YAMADIPATI, who was authorized to snatch human soul from his
body, stopped PUNTODEWO. They forbid PUNTODEWO to enter the heaven by
bringing his ugly dog. If he insisted to bring it then he would enter
the hell. PUNTODEWO was firm, he would not leave his dog, the ugly
dirty creature, as his dog was loyal till the end. Suddenly the dog
vanished and turned out to be god DARMA, his own spiritual father,
who would like to test PUNTODEWO.

After passing the gate, PUNTODEWO was in the dark place,
uncomfortable and sting, joining his PANDAWA families. From that
place, he could see the KAURAWA lived in the beautiful palace,
surrounded with a garden full of flowers and birds. They were eating,
drinking, talking with a big smile. He was surprised and shocked how
could it happen with him and his family. After several days, he was
approached by Gods and Goddesses that he would be transferred to live
in heaven by joining KAURAWA, living the other PANDAWA and family
behind. He rejected the offer completely.

At last PUNTODEWO had passed the whole test, and he and other PANDAWA
and family all of a sudden saw light and lived in heaven like they
deserved. PANDAWA was thrown to the darkness of hell before living in
a bright heaven, It was meant to give a lesson to human beings that
he or she should suffer before enjoying a good life.

Heaven is the holiest place, which only the creator - God Almighty
could give permission to live in, is a place preserved for holy souls
of good people. The basic philosophy of PANDAWA's journey life is :

SANGKAN PARANING DUMADI Sangkan
:
the origin where it comes from

Paran
:
the destination where it goes

Dumadi
:
Human being



Above all WAYANG KULIT reflecting in God, in eternal life and
supernatural. A life of human beings by the wish and decision of God
Almighty originates from holy things, by birth should perform his or
her duty properly in the world, and if not fails, should return to
his or her holy origin again.

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