In the past time, although rarely performed today, Balinese children every time going to bed were frequently lullabied with beautiful and intriguing stories by their parents either fairy tales, fables or puppet stories. Obviously, such bedtime stories were filled with sublime moral messages for guidance in living the life later on.
Parents do hope their children can have a beautiful dream by interpreting the philosophy contained in the stories. The dreams about the future or the dreams about the life are filled with wholesome moral messages.
Basically everyone loves to dream, like a dream on beauty. On that account, it is not wrong for a fighter like Martin Luther King also voiced about a dream. Dream is an idea that must be fought through a hard work so that it can be realized into reality.
Balinese humans also have a dream, have a bunch of wishful imagination about their future later on, not only about themselves, family or clan members, it is about everything. The dream can also highlight the nature, culture, land, mountain and so forth. The dream never fades, ranging from young children getting to the time ahead of the death.
A dream can contain a noble aspiration about a prosperous Bali, prosperous island where the dwelling people are able to appreciate their ancestral culture inspired by Hinduism. It’s a noble dream that always comes to the mind, teases and continues to resound all the time.
Is it easy to make the dream come true? By all means, it is not as easy as to flip over the palm of the hand as Martin Luther King said where the dream should be accompanied with a hard work to make it happen.
In reality today, the dream is faced to a lot of obstacles from all parties having different interests. It is very obvious to see today where Bali is struggling for conserving nature and culture on the one hand. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the economic progress often confronts the dominance of the established socio-cultural order. There is something like a tug-of-war between the socio-culture and tourism businesses that has proliferated.
Two figures of Ubud Palace, namely (late) Tjokorda Gde Sukawati and (late) Tjokorda Gde Agung…