14 Javanese principles

In the middle of increasing demand to give more attention to Yogyakarta andSurakarta’s special status, we also reminded about the 14 Javanese principles: 

1.¬† “Nglurug Tanpa Bala, Menang Tanpa Ngasorake, Sekti Tanpa Aji-Aji, SugihTanpa Bandha”

Meaning: fight without involving other people; win without humiliating orunderestimating others; charm that not base on force / power / money /bloodline; a wealth that not come from material items 

2.¬† “Datan Serik Lamun Ketaman, Datan Susah Lamun Kelangan”¬†

Meaning: don’t give up when bad things occur and don’t be sad when you losesomething 

3.¬† “Sepi ing Pamrih Rame ing Gawe, Banter tan Mbancangi, Dhuwur tan Ngungkuli”¬†¬†

Meaning: work hard whole hearty supported with high spirit; quick but no need tooutpace others; aim high but no need to exceed others 

4.¬† Aja Gumunan, Aja Getunan, Aja Kagetan, Aja Aleman”¬†

Meaning: do not confuse easily; do not regret easily; do not surprise easily;and do not spoil yourself 

5.¬† “Aja Ketungkul Marang Kalungguhan, Kadonyan lan Kemareman”¬†¬†

Meaning: Do not let yourself imprison by the obsession for position / material /other world desire 

6.¬† “Aja Kuminter Mundak Keblinger, Aja Cidra Mundak Cilaka, Sing Was was Tiwas”¬†¬†

Meaning: never think yourself as the smartest one ‚Äď these habit will guided youtowards right direction; do not cheat ‚Äď these will avoid disaster fromhappening; whoever doubt those 2 principles will perish¬†

7.¬† “Aja Milik Barang Kang Melok, Aja Mangro Mundak Kendo”¬†

Meaning: don’t let yourself tempted by luxurious and beautiful things; avoidambiguity in order to maintain good spirit and determination 

8.¬† “Aja Adigang, Adigung, Adiguna”¬†¬†

Meaning: avoid self centered and power oriented mind set¬†9.¬† “Sing Sabar lan Ngalah Dadi kekasih Allah” ¬†¬†Meaning: Be patient and yield in order to become God‚Äôs lover¬†

10.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Sing Prihatin Bakal Memimpin” ¬†¬†

Meaning: whoever willing to live a modest life will become a warrior, a fighterand a leader  

11.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Sing Resik Uripe Bakal Mulya”¬†¬†

Meaning: honesty will lead you to a noble life 

12.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Urip Iku Urup”¬†¬†

Meaning: A good life is a life which can gives positive contribution to theothers 

13.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Sura Dira Jayaningrat, Lebur Dening Pangastuti”¬†¬†

Meaning: Courage, power and influence can be beaten by peace / prosperousgreetings 

14.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† “Memayu Hayuning Bawana, Ambrasta dur Hangkara”¬†

Meaning: all living human must fight for their safety, happiness and prosperity.

They must also fight the anger and greed within themselve (milis APIK)


Indonesian Christians say no to Christmas protection by Muslim radicals

by Mathias Hariyadi

In league with Indonesia’s police chief, Islamic Defender Front leader Risieq Shihab promises to protect Christians but only if their communities are authorised. Catholics and Protestants reject the offer because it would curtail religious freedom and negatively affect relations between Christians and local authorities, who alone have the right to provide security to churches.

Jakarta (AsiaNews) ‚Äď Indonesian Christians have criticised the Islamic Defender Front (FPI), an Islamic fundamentalist group, for saying that it would protect Christian communities during Christmas celebrations. ‚ÄúWhy would this radical group, which is notorious for its anti-Christian violence, want to be so nice to us? We say no to their offer,‚ÄĚ a Catholic man from Semarang diocese said.¬†‚ÄúLet Christians celebrate Christmas in peace. It is their right and all Indonesian citizens should respect that,‚ÄĚ FPI chief Risieq Shihab said during a meeting with Police Chief Timur Pradopo on Tuesday.¬†

Yet, the peace and protection he has in mind would only be for those Christian communities that respect Indonesia’s strict religious laws.

For Shihab, his group would stop any Catholic or Protestant celebration held in violation of the law. 

Another Christian in Jakarta, anonymous for security reason, said that Shihab’s offer and the FPI’s close ties to police are sound reasons to be concerned. He pointed out that Chief Pradopo was present at the 12th anniversary of the founding of the FPI. 

‚ÄúThe extremists of the FPI want to be recognised by other parties, whilst the police uses the group (which claims thousands of members) to improve its reputation with the population,‚ÄĚ the source said.¬†

Fr Benny Susetyo Pr, from the Indonesian Bishops of Conference’s Interfaith Commission, explained that it was rare for Catholics to organise security details at Christmas time. In fact, he was quite surprised by the FPI statement. 

In Indonesia, each parish organises Christmas activities in cooperation with local authorities. In addition, any involvement of Muslim groups has to be examined with members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), a moderate Muslim group involved in interfaith dialogue. 

Andreas Yewangoe, chairman of the Synod of Christian Protestant Churches, said that the FPI did not issue any official statement in regards to security measures. Even if it had, very few Christians would actually like to see it present during Christmas celebrations, he said. 

For the past seven years, the FPI accumulated a track record of violent attacks against Catholic and Protestant communities. The recent episodes of intolerance in Bandung (West Java) are evidence of that.

On this occasion, Muslim extremists destroyed two house churches and five homes belonging to local Christians

(Milis: APIK)