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A HAPPY LIFE or living happily is the goal of every individual. Unfortunately, in reality so many people are living in misery. There must be a way, an effort to be done to uplift people from misery to a better life. There are various indicators of a happy life. The Bali Province government under the leadership of Governor Made Mangku Pastika encapsulates a happy life into a vision called BALI MANDARA. An acronym for four indicators of a  happy life, namely: MA = MAju (Progressive); N = amaN (Secure); DA = Damai (Peaceful); and RA = sejahteRA (prosperous). Thus, happy living according to BALI MANDARA vision is 1) progressive, 2) secure, 3) peaceful, and 4) prosperous. Another expression for the four indicators is sukerta sakala lan niskala, i.e. happy materially and spiritually. The BALI MANDARA’s vision of a happy life is in line with the formulation by Parisada Hindu Dharma Indonesia (PHDI) “mokshartham jagadhita ya ca iti dharma.

 

The ideal goal of taking a human birth is to live happily now and hereafter. To reach the ideal goal, Hindu has the teaching of Catur Asrama, the teaching of life’s natural progression. Additionally, there is also the teaching of Catur Purusartha, the teaching of focusing or prioritizing needs fulfillment based on the different stages of life. Catur Asrama provides guidance to an individual to live based on life’s natural progression: at youth  (brahmacari) focuses to accumulate knowledges by proper means (dharma). As the individual moves toward maturity, he/she with the knowledge gained focuses to obtain wealth (artha) in a proper way. Subsequently, with the wealth he/she then satisfies the desire (kama) with the spouse and children (grihastha). Once the family is settled, then the individual moves toward spiritual fulfillment by retreating from wordly affairs. This stage can be easier obtained by living in a spiritual place (vana prastha), or retiring from worldly matters. When the three stages are lived optimally and properly, then moksha is guaranteed according to the formulation of “mokshartham jagadhita ya ca iti dharma”, a Perfect  Life.

    

The above explanation shows that Hindu has many teaching resources, sastra, to guide us to live a perpect life. Ideally, many Hindu people should lead a perfect life. The reality, however, is far from the case. There are still too many Hindu people living in poverty and entangled by ignorance, thus living in misery. What is the solution? How to get Hindu people out of poverty, ignorance and misery, moving toward a better life? This question moves  World Hindu Parisad (WHP) to hold the theme: HINDU for BETTER LIFE at the upcoming World Hindu Wisdom Meet (WHWM) 2018 with the hope that the Hindu leaders present at the event will be able to come up with a book, a Hindu Manual for Better Life.

 

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