Meaning of Tri Hita Karana

Tri Hita Karana is derived from Sanskrit. Literally means: three, welfare and cause.

In the culture of Bali the complete sentence of Tri Hita Karana symbolizes the three aspects that bring well being, to create the peaceful and happiness. Has meaning to keep the harmony and balance between human to God, human-to-human and human to environment. These three concepts spread out as follows:

PARHYANGAN

Parhyangan is related to the God. On this stage, the human is demanded to keep the harmony and balance with God. This concept has huge meaning in Balinese daily life; it´s not only including to pray at the temple, but also cover all the activities which has to do with religion, like building the temple, cleaning the temple, keep the religion symbols well, etc.

 

PAWONGAN

Pawongan means to keep the harmony and balance between human to human. This concept has emphasized how to keep good relation with others. The simple ways to apply this concept in daily life are to conduct three good things: to think the good thing, to speak the good thing and to conduct the good thing. By conducting three good things that is called Tri Kaya Parisuda, it´s ensure that we can conduct this concept. In Bali culture, harmony can be shown through sincere tolerations and respects, not only for the one we know but also for the ones we do not know.

 

PELEMAHAN

The word Palemahan come from lemah that means the land or environment. Generally the Pelemahan in Tri Hita Karana is all aspect related to the environment. Base on this concept, the Balinese has treated the environment well and they believe that a good environment will give them a better life. One example on how Balinese apply this concept is the day Tumpek Uduh, based on the Balinese calendar; in this day there is a reverence of plants, in particular large trees, fruit-bearers, or those considered useful; the Balinese dress up the trees and give an offering to the tree.

 

 

 

 
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