Postcards from Gaia: Pura Tirta Empul


Bali speaks to me with water, rain, flow and a strong sensation of purification and acceptance. And like a river pushes me forward with its current into something new. I have recently visited Pura Tirta Empul (Holy Spring in Balinese), a Hindu Balinese water temple located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia, founded around a large water spring in 962 A.D.


Happy Vernal Equinox dear Wanderers, a mark of the time when the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north and the beginning of Spring for the northern hemisphere, the orator of a new potent cycle of life.

Not only is a special time in astronomy, but on a personal note it feels like the axis of my rotation around the world has reached its equilibrium here in Bali, both day and night of my life journey seems to be balanced and provided me with a lot of valid, yet very polarized lessons.

Peru and South America was spectacular connective and inspirational journey, but it’s Bali, that will carry the mark of the equinox of this particular journey of mine.

As the new cycle re-opens, and the spring equinox is always Nature’s messenger of light – it signals earlier sunrises, later sunsets, softer winds and green plants sprouting from the ground.


I decide to fly on the gentle wings of creativity, look out for connections soaked in sun rays, positiveness and light, as new friends are met and the hint of inspiration floats around. I set up a new course and plant bright ideas from the seeds of the experiences of the past cycle. I am looking forward to reconnecting with Europe, Poland, Ireland, relatives and amazing souls very soon.


The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure, famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. The temple pond has a spring which gives out fresh water regularly, which Balinese Hindus consider to be holy or amritha. Usually crowded place welcomed me with powerful storm and I ended up in its ponds alone, soaked in the heavy rain and vast spectrum of current emotions, making peace with myself, my recently passed away Father and Grandmother and my family.


I certainly will revisit for more amazing pictures, as this ancient complex is simply to magical not to be explored further.


With the upcoming Nyepi Day, that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year) according to the Balinese calendar and serves as a day of silence and deep contemplation that, no surprise for me here, happens precisely on a day of my 36th birthday this year. It adds even more meaning to a conclusion of my journey.

I will be happy to share more stories about this marvellous local celebration and wonderfully poetic aspects of this ancient Indonesian tradition very shortly.

Peace and love to all of you.


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