Why is our liveaboard called the “Wisesa”? 

Some of you might wonder why we called our beautiful Phinisi, the “Wisesa”, which incidentally gave our company its name as well! Well…long story short, it was a recommendation from a Balinese priest!

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Back in 2016, the year of the boat’s construction, we made a list of 10 different names for the boat, and we went to a high balinese priest, and chose one name in the list, Wisesa saying this one will give us luck. By the way Wisesa means the power of nature in Balinese religion and much more!

The Concept of Wisesa in Indonesian Philosophy and Spirituality

In Indonesian, the word "wisesa" is often used to refer to the universe or cosmos. The concept of wisesa is deeply rooted in traditional Javanese and Balinese belief systems, where it is seen as a complex and interconnected system that is governed by spiritual forces and principles. In this article, we will explore the concept of wisesa in Indonesian philosophy and spirituality, and its significance in the lives of the people who practice these belief systems.

The term "wisesa" has its roots in the Sanskrit word "vishwa," which means "universe" or "cosmos." In Indonesian, the word has taken on a specific meaning that is closely tied to the traditional belief systems of Java and Bali. According to these belief systems, the universe is seen as a vast and complex system that is governed by a set of spiritual principles and forces.

The Javanese side of the concept

In Javanese philosophy, the concept of wisesa is closely tied to the idea of harmony and balance. According to Javanese belief, the universe is made up of three fundamental elements: the physical world (alam), the spiritual world (roh), and the divine world (ilahiyah). These three elements are seen as interconnected and interdependent, and their balance is essential for the proper functioning of the universe.

The Javanese concept of wisesa is also closely tied to the idea of karma. In Javanese belief, karma is seen as the force that governs the universe and ensures that each individual is responsible for their own actions. According to this belief, every action that a person takes has consequences, both in this life and in the afterlife. The concept of wisesa is used to explain how these consequences are interconnected and how they contribute to the overall balance of the universe.

What do they say about Wisesa in Bali?

In Balinese philosophy, home of our Liveaboard administrative operations, the concept of wisesa is closely tied to the idea of Tri Hita Karana, which means "the three causes of happiness." According to Balinese belief, happiness can only be achieved when there is harmony and balance between three elements: the individual (pawongan), the community (palemahan), and the environment (parahyangan). These three elements are seen as interconnected and interdependent, and their balance is essential for the well-being of individuals and communities. This balance is driving all our actions toward the ocean, and our guests.

The concept of wisesa is also closely tied to the idea of dharma in Balinese belief. Dharma is seen as the force that governs the universe and ensures that each individual is responsible for their own actions. According to Balinese belief, every action that a person takes has consequences, both in this life and in the afterlife. The concept of wisesa is used to explain how these consequences are interconnected and how they contribute to the overall balance of the universe.

In both Javanese and Balinese belief systems, the concept of wisesa is closely tied to the idea of spirituality. According to these beliefs, the universe is not just a physical entity, but also a spiritual one. The forces that govern the universe are seen as spiritual forces that can be harnessed and directed through spiritual practice.

These beliefs in practice

One example of spiritual practice in Javanese and Balinese belief systems is the use of mantras. Mantras are sacred sounds or phrases that are believed to have spiritual power. By chanting mantras, individuals can tap into the spiritual forces that govern the universe and bring themselves into harmony with these forces.

Another example of spiritual practice in Javanese and Balinese belief systems is the use of offerings. Offerings are physical objects that are placed on altars or in sacred spaces as ...a way of honouring the spiritual forces that govern the universe. Offerings can take many forms, including flowers, rice, and other food items. By making offerings, individuals can demonstrate their respect for the spiritual forces and ask for their guidance and protection.

In addition to spiritual practices like mantras and offerings, the concept of wisesa is also reflected in various aspects of daily life in Indonesia. For example, traditional Javanese and Balinese architecture often incorporates elements that reflect the balance and harmony of the universe. Buildings are designed to be in harmony with their surroundings, with attention paid to the placement of doors and windows to allow for optimal flow of energy.

Similarly, traditional Javanese and Balinese art often incorporates images and symbols that reflect the interconnectedness of the universe. These images and symbols are meant to remind viewers of the spiritual forces that govern the world and the importance of balance and harmony in daily life.

The ocean, our interconnected universe.

The concept of wisesa is used to explain how these forces and principles are interconnected and interdependent. This is not so far from the vast ocean “our” Wiseasa is sailing, where interconnections are witnessed all over, from the good ones such as currents or animal migrations, to negative ones such as ocean debris.

The world currents, a connected world

Wisesa is also linked to the vastness of the ocean or the power and unpredictability of the sea. Indeed, iIn Indonesian traditional culture, the sea is often considered sacred and revered as a manifestation of "wisesa," the divine power that governs the natural world. Thus, when sailing, it is important to be respectful of the pow

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