Most guests at the award-winning Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay
have no idea that the hard-working General Manager of the Resort, John
O'Sullivan, is also a man in whose heart beats a long-held Irish
tradition - the love of verse and poetry.
Known to close friends as "the poet" or "the Irishman," John reacted on a number of levels to the tragic terrorist bombing of
restaurants on the beach not far from his hotel on October 1, 2005. As
an hotelier and the employer of hundreds of Balinese working at his
Resort, he was immediately aware of the hard task ahead of rebuilding
business to his hotel and the island. On another level however, John was moved emotionally by the
way the Balinese-Hindus deal with death, tragedy and rebirth in their
carefully balanced cosmos.
On November 5, 2005, John joined thousands of Balinese who
gathered on Muaya beach in Jimbaran for a traditional Bali-Hindu
cleansing ceremonies - Tawar Balik Sumpah. After that experience he sent a note, his latest poem, and some outstanding photos to balidiscovery.com.
In that note John said: "Bali is truly a spiritual place. This
evening I strolled on Jimbaran beach and watched the graceful people
resplendent in their warmth and somehow oblivious chronologically to
the recent tragedy on their island. They and we are a resilient people
and I just wanted to share with you that we are all fine; but saddened.
I have received hundreds of e-mails from our extended 'Balinese Family'
all over the world asking what can they we do to help. The answer is
simple; please continue to support Bali and the island of the Gods.
Every visitor helps to repair the pains of the past. You can delay
paradise but you can never deny it. We look forward to the future in
balidiscovery.com thanks the "Irishman" for his kind permission to share his poem with our readers.
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