Nestled​ on​ the​ riverbanks​ of​ the​ beautiful​ Campuhan​ River​ in​ Ubud,​ Bali,​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ a health​ and​ healing​ resort​ that​ offers​ peace​ and​ tranquillity​ for​ guests.​ A ​ hidden​ gem​ set amongst​ serene​ and​ splendid​ flora​ with​ the​ echoes​ of​ the​ river​ flowing​ below,​ it​ is​ a ​ perfect place​ for​ those​ who​ seek​ transformation​ and​ renewal.​

Whether​ on​ a ​ spiritual​ journey​ or​ wanting to​ connect​ with​ the​ powerful​ energy​ of​ the​ land,​ guests​ will​ benefit​ from​ the​ pure,​ revered​ and restorative​ power​ of​ Svarga​ Loka.​ Just​ by​ being​ present​ here,​ absorbing​ the​ view​ of​ rice​ fields and​ river,​ while​ inhaling​ the​ tropical​ richness​ of​ the​ land,​ a ​ traveller​ can​ get​ to​ experience​ the wonders​ of​ self-healing.​ The​ harmony​ of​ nature​ in​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ beyond​ words.

Locals​ believe that​ the​ land​ contains​ high​ vibrational​ energy.​ ​ Indeed,​ this​ power​ is​ real​ and​ tangible;​ it​ is​ felt​ by those​ who​ are​ open​ to​ receiving​ it.​ The​ land​ of​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ sacred,​ yet​ warm​ and​ friendly. Let​ us​ now​ explore​ deeper​ into​ the​ amazing​ history​ and​ traditions​ of​ this​ sacred​ land.

Svarga​ Loka​ Identity

The​ name​ Svarga​ Loka​ comes​ from​ the​ Sanskrit​ words​ ‘svar’​ and​ ‘ga’.​ ‘Svar’​ means​ light​ while ‘ga’​ means​ journey.​ The​ full​ meaning​ is​ the​ journey​ of​ the​ light.​ As​ it​ is​ explained​ in​ the​ holy book​ of​ Veda,​ Svarga​ is​ the​ third​ world​ full​ of​ light​ where​ all​ devas​ live.​ ​ It​ is​ further​ described​ in the​ Hindu​ scripture​ Bhagavad​ Gita​ as​ an​ immensely​ blissful​ place​ to​ visit​ before​ a ​ soul​ returns to​ the​ physical​ world​ to​ experience​ Samsara​ (cycle​ of​ existence),​ on​ the​ way​ to​ the​ final​ goal​ – Moksha​ (liberation),​ reunification​ with​ God.

According​ to​ ancient​ Hindu​ philosophy,​ the​ human​ mind​ wants​ to​ experience​ Svarga​ Loka. However,​ their​ wants​ and​ desires​ prevent​ them​ from​ reaching​ this​ place​ of​ peace​ and​ bliss.​ The epic​ war​ story​ of​ Baratayuda​ exemplifies​ man's​ misleading​ search​ for​ happiness.​ Walking through​ Svarga​ Loka​ Resort,​ one​ can​ find​ large​ stone​ panels​ with​ carvings​ of​ scenes​ from​ this Hindu​ epic.

Throughout​ Svarga​ Loka​ Resort​ stone​ panels​ and​ artwork​ can​ be​ found​ which​ display​ key morals​ from​ the​ Mahabharata.​ ​ These​ panels​ help​ guests​ immerse​ themselves​ in​ the​ stories from​ the​ moral-filled​ Hindu​ epic.​ Staff​ at​ Svarga​ Loka,​ most​ of​ whom​ are​ Balinese,​ can​ help explain​ the​ story​ showcased​ within​ each​ image.​ ​ The​ front​ desk​ staff​ are​ well-versed​ in​ these stories​ and​ can​ provide​ guests​ with​ detailed​ explanations​ of​ the​ meaning​ behind​ each​ piece​ of artwork.​ Let's​ review​ a ​ few​ of​ the​ key​ ones​ together​ in​ the​ next​ section.

The​ logo​ of​ Svarga​ Loka​ was​ sourced​ from​ the​ Garba​ Cave​ (Goa​ Garba),​ a ​ sacred​ place located​ in​ Bali's​ Pura​ Pusering​ Jagat​ village.​ The​ symbol​ represents​ Pusering​ Jagat​ (the​ centre of​ the​ world).​ Its​ stroke​ shows​ an​ inward​ motion​ toward​ a ​ centre,​ piercing​ through​ three​ world elements.​ These​ elements​ consist​ of:

  • Jagat​ BHUR​ - the​ realm​ of​ the​ underworld
  • Jagat​ BWAH​ - the​ realm​ of​ humankind
  • Jagat​ SWAH​ - the​ realm​ of​ God

The​ symbol​ has​ a ​ strong​ message​ to​ everybody​ involved​ with​ Svarga​ Loka,​ including​ owners, management,​ operations,​ staff,​ and​ spiritual​ advisors.​ It​ is​ no​ coincidence​ that​ the​ symbol chosen​ for​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ the​ one​ found​ in​ Goa​ Garba,​ one​ of​ the​ most​ important​ temples​ in Bali.​ The​ Balinese​ believe​ that​ the​ temple​ is​ the​ source​ of​ all​ power​ and​ the​ spiritual​ centre​ of the​ universe,​ known​ as​ 'jagat'.

Ancient​ Hinduism

Baratayuda​ is​ the​ story​ of​ the​ great​ war​ at​ Kurukshetra​ between​ the​ families​ of​ Pandavas​ and Kauravas.​ It​ is​ the​ climax​ of​ the​ story​ of​ the​ Mahabharata,​ a ​ Hindu​ epic​ featured​ in​ the Bhagavad​ Gita.​ The​ moral​ of​ the​ story​ is​ that​ victory,​ fame,​ wealth​ and​ power​ do​ not​ guarantee true​ happiness.​ In​ fact,​ they​ can​ bring​ suffering​ to​ those​ who​ run​ after​ them​ but​ forget​ their​ true self-love​ and​ compassion​ along​ the​ way.​

Modern​ humans​ pursue​ the​ state​ of​ being​ at​ Svarga by​ working,​ fighting​ and​ struggling​ with​ the​ belief​ that​ happiness​ comes​ from​ money,​ wealth, power​ and​ influences.​ While​ the​ true​ enemy​ is​ within​ us,​ we​ focus,​ watch​ and​ criticise​ the enemies​ outside​ of​ us.​ There​ is​ a ​ wise​ Eastern​ saying​ that​ states:​ an​ ant​ far​ away​ can​ be​ seen while​ an​ elephant​ up​ close​ is​ invisible.​ This​ ancient​ message​ comes​ to​ life​ in​ a ​ Mahabharata panel​ at​ the​ resort​ (beside​ building​ 3).​ It​ depicts​ that​ self-realisation​ and​ self-knowledge​ are keys​ to​ reaching​ spiritual​ Svarga​ Loka.

The​ process​ of​ soul​ purification​ is​ represented​ in​ another​ panel,​ this​ one​ located​ in​ the​ White Crane​ Martial​ Arts​ practice​ area,​ next​ to​ the​ temple​ on​ the​ way​ down​ to​ the​ resort’s​ Sanjiwani restaurant.​ The​ central​ message​ here​ is​ that​ a ​ true​ journey​ begins​ with​ harmony​ within​ the family,​ wherein​ all​ members​ help​ and​ respect​ each​ other.​ These​ values,​ often​ taught​ by​ parents to​ their​ children,​ are​ often​ forgotten​ in​ the​ pursuit​ of​ material​ success.

Another​ teaching​ from​ the​ Mahabharata​ is​ described​ in​ the​ real-world​ renunciation​ of​ Arjuna's twin​ brothers,​ Nakula​ and​ Sadewa,​ who​ went​ to​ the​ forest​ by​ the​ lake​ to​ be​ with​ Mother​ Nature. Being​ surrounded​ by​ nature​ brought​ them​ the​ feeling​ of​ bliss,​ whereby​ they​ found​ their​ Svarga Loka.​ This​ part​ of​ the​ story​ is​ depicted​ in​ the​ stone​ panel​ at​ the​ side​ of​ building​ 2,​ where​ a ​ lake and​ giant​ trees​ are​ symbols​ of​ the​ brother's​ renunciation​ with​ the​ material​ world.

The​ other​ part​ of​ the​ messages​ from​ the​ Mahabharata​ is​ the​ story​ of​ Darmawangsa,​ the​ eldest of​ the​ Pandava​ brothers.​ He​ was​ known​ as​ a ​ man​ full​ of​ love​ and​ compassion.​ Unfortunately, he​ was​ not​ allowed​ to​ pass​ the​ gate​ to​ Svarga​ Loka​ because​ he​ had​ lied​ to​ his​ Gore​ Duran. During​ the​ war​ of​ Baratayuda,​ Darmawangsa​ was​ asked​ about​ the​ death​ of​ Durna’s​ son, Aswatama.​ Darmawangsa​ replied​ that​ he​ had​ died​ when​ in​ reality​ he​ was​ still​ alive.​ The​ epic instructs​ us​ that​ to​ be​ accepted​ at​ Svarga​ Loka,​ someone’s​ heart​ has​ to​ be​ pure​ and​ clean, even​ one​ lie​ can​ lock​ the​ door.​ The​ difficulty​ in​ reaching​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ represented​ by​ a ​ panel in​ the​ front​ office,​ which​ shows​ a ​ cart​ being​ pulled​ down​ back​ to​ Earth,​ unable​ to​ fly​ to​ heaven.

Sacred​ Land

The​ Balinese​ believe​ that​ the​ land​ where​ Svarga​ Loka​ Resort​ now​ resides​ is​ an​ energy​ centre where​ those​ who​ are​ sensitive​ will​ find​ respite,​ renewal​ and​ possibly,​ answers​ to​ long-held questions.​ The​ land​ has​ outer​ beauty​ from​ the​ forest​ and​ river,​ but​ also​ inner​ beauty​ in​ the mysticism​ that​ surrounds​ it.​

One​ side​ of​ the​ property​ is​ believed​ to​ be​ the​ domain​ of​ Lord​ Shiva; nowadays​ it's​ a ​ space​ for​ yoga​ and​ meditation.​ This​ Triloka​ Room​ has​ a ​ special​ energy conducive​ for​ spiritual​ practice.​ In​ the​ mid-1900’s,​ the​ river​ flowing​ by​ Svarga​ Loka​ was​ used​ by the​ locals​ to​ release​ the​ ashes​ of​ cremated​ family​ members.​ The​ Balinese​ locals​ believed​ that the​ river​ would​ bring​ the​ ashes​ to​ the​ ocean.​ Such​ past​ histories​ add​ a ​ feeling​ of​ sacredness​ to the​ land.

Long​ before​ the​ Svarga​ Loka​ Resort​ was​ built,​ the​ land​ was​ owned​ by​ the​ Rahardja​ family​ from Bogor,​ West​ Java.​ The​ land​ was​ purchased​ in​ the​ early​ 1970's​ by​ an​ American​ socialite,​ Ms Louise​ Steinmen​ Ansberry,​ for​ her​ husband,​ Mr​ Subur​ Rahardja.​ During​ this​ time​ the​ land consisted​ of​ thick​ jungle​ and​ rice​ paddies.​ There​ was​ a ​ traditional​ building​ (joglo/pelataran), used​ to​ welcome​ special​ guests.​ Because​ of​ their​ passion​ and​ respect​ for​ Balinese​ culture,​ the couple​ built​ the​ first​ 13​ buildings​ to​ house​ their​ family​ in​ traditional​ Balinese​ style.​ A ​ small temple​ or​ 'pure'​ was​ constructed​ for​ Mr​ Rahardja​ to​ teach​ martial​ arts.​

The​ architect​ who​ built the​ compound​ was​ a ​ famous​ scholar​ from​ the​ Institute​ of​ Technology​ at​ Bandung,​ N.​ Siddharta; he​ was​ an​ expert​ in​ traditional​ Hindu​ architecture​ and​ well-learned​ in​ Javanese​ mysticism. Local​ priests​ gave​ guidance​ during​ the​ building​ of​ the​ resort​ to​ ensure​ the​ land's​ powerful, healing​ energy​ would​ not​ be​ disturbed​ and​ you​ will​ see​ throughout​ the​ property​ that​ all​ trees were​ maintained.​

Even​ today​ a ​ peaceful​ atmosphere​ is​ kept​ around​ the​ central​ and​ sacred Banyan​ Tree.​ During​ construction​ one​ tree​ troubled​ the​ owner,​ he​ couldn’t​ solve​ the​ problem​ of how​ to​ build​ around​ it.​ In​ answer​ to​ his​ prayers,​ the​ tree​ fell​ of​ its​ own​ accord​ one​ windy evening,​ paving​ the​ way​ for​ the​ swimming​ pool.​ Proof​ perhaps​ that​ the​ land​ was​ happy​ with​ its new​ use!​ Another​ beautiful​ tree​ still​ grows​ in​ the​ middle​ of​ Sanjiwani​ Restaurant,​ and​ you​ can see​ evidence​ of​ other​ trees​ within​ buildings​ around​ the​ property.

Powerful​ Vibrational​ Energy

In​ the​ centre​ of​ Svarga​ Loka,​ in​ front​ of​ the​ reception​ area,​ stands​ one​ of​ the​ largest​ banyan trees​ in​ Bali.​ The​ Banyan​ tree​ is​ a ​ symbol​ of​ the​ creation​ of​ Bali​ as​ a ​ land​ of​ the​ gods. Markandeya,​ an​ ancient​ Hindu​ rishi​ from​ Java,​ created​ a ​ new​ civilisation​ in​ the​ island's​ ancient forests.​ It​ is​ believed​ that​ Ubud​ was​ the​ forest​ and​ Svarga​ Loka​ was​ the​ place​ where​ he​ gained divine​ power​ through​ meditation.​ Because​ of​ this,​ whenever​ Markandeya​ revisited​ Bali,​ he always​ stayed​ in​ the​ ancient​ forest​ that​ is​ now​ Ubud.​ To​ honour​ him,​ wealthy​ patrons​ and​ holy men​ from​ Bali​ built​ temples​ around​ the​ Campuhan​ River.​ One​ temple,​ known​ as​ Gunung Lebah,​ near​ a ​ bridge​ beneath​ Svarga​ Loka,​ is​ dedicated​ specifically​ for​ Markandeva​ Maharishi, an​ ancient​ Hindu​ sage.​ It​ is​ believed​ that​ Svarga​ Loka​ Resort​ was​ a ​ place​ where​ Maharishi’s troops​ purified​ their​ inner​ self​ and​ practised​ martial​ arts​ under​ the​ banyan​ trees.

For​ centuries,​ the​ land​ of​ Svarga​ Loka​ consisted​ of​ dense​ jungle,​ a ​ roaring​ river​ and​ mighty banyan​ trees​ and​ many​ local​ Balinese​ believed​ that​ the​ area​ was​ a ​ centre​ of​ magic.​ This​ notion was​ further​ enhanced​ when​ Subur​ Rrahadja,​ a ​ man​ renowned​ for​ his​ powerful​ abilities​ as​ amystic​ and​ healer,​ and​ his​ wife​ purchased​ the​ land​ in​ the​ 1970s.​ Mr​ Rahardja​ was​ the​ founder of​ White​ Crane​ Martial​ Arts,​ also​ known​ as​ Bangau​ Putih​ in​ Indonesia.​ Some​ claim​ that​ Subur could​ walk​ on​ sand​ without​ leaving​ a ​ single​ footprint,​ and​ could​ bring​ down​ an​ enemy​ without even​ touching​ him.​ Aware​ of​ the​ history​ of​ the​ land​ as​ a ​ training​ site​ for​ Maharishi's​ soldiers, Subur​ wanted​ his​ White​ Crane​ students​ to​ be​ able​ to​ train​ in​ such​ a ​ place,​ renowned​ for​ its powerful​ energy.​ ​ Continuing​ the​ tradition,​ White​ Crane​ Martial​ Arts​ is​ taught​ daily​ in​ Svarga Loka,​ promoting​ the​ training​ of​ movement​ as​ a ​ vehicle​ for​ spiritual​ growth.

Several​ years​ ago,​ an​ archaeologist​ from​ Holland​ studying​ sacred​ (ley)​ lines,​ discovered​ that Svarga​ Loka​ is​ at​ the​ centre​ of​ a ​ ley​ line​ connecting​ the​ Balinese​ temples​ of​ Uluwatu,​ Tanah​ Lot and​ Besakih.​ When​ extended,​ this​ line​ stretches​ out​ to​ the​ pyramids​ of​ Giza​ in​ Egypt​ and Stonehenge​ in​ the​ United​ Kingdom.​ Ley​ lines​ are​ natural​ lines​ that​ function​ as​ an​ energy communication​ system​ of​ the​ Earth.​ The​ system​ transmits​ and​ connects​ energy,​ vibration​ and frequency.​ Such​ lines​ are​ like​ arteries​ of​ the​ human​ body;​ they​ connect​ and​ link​ humans​ to animals,​ plants,​ mountains,​ lakes​ and​ every​ aspect​ of​ the​ physical​ world.​ Lay​ lines​ also​ provide connection​ to​ the​ non-physical​ world,​ therefore​ playing​ a ​ vital​ role​ in​ the​ spiritual​ evolution​ of humankind.

The​ Balinese​ believe​ that​ the​ energy​ of​ Svarga​ Loka,​ although​ powerful,​ according​ to​ the Balinese,​ is​ loving​ and​ peaceful.​ The​ energy​ embraces​ us​ when​ we​ surrender​ to​ its​ quietness and​ silence.​ Some​ say​ that​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ like​ the​ womb​ of​ Mother​ Earth.​ It​ has​ the​ energy​ of​ a womb​ – ​ warm,​ enveloping​ and​ full​ of​ healing.

Authenticity​ & Experience

As​ explained​ above,​ the​ sacredness​ of​ Svarga​ Loka​ has​ its​ roots​ in​ Hindu​ traditions​ and​ culture. The​ guardian​ of​ the​ land,​ a ​ spirit​ which​ communicates​ messages​ through​ a ​ medium,​ advises treating​ Svarga​ Loka​ like​ a ​ temple,​ with​ traditions​ and​ rituals​ associated​ with​ temple​ activities. For​ example,​ splashing​ holy​ water​ taken​ from​ Campuhan​ Temple​ to​ welcome​ guests​ is​ one such​ ritual,​ which​ honours​ the​ guests​ by​ purifying​ them​ before​ entering​ this​ sacred​ land.

Another​ is​ the​ wearing​ of​ sarongs​ and​ the​ giving​ of​ gifts​ to​ remind​ the​ guests​ of​ the​ experience in​ the​ land​ of​ transformation.​ These​ traditions​ and​ rituals​ differentiate​ Svarga​ Loka​ from​ other wellness​ resorts​ in​ Ubud.​ The​ Guardian​ of​ the​ land​ isn’t​ something​ to​ fear;​ it​ is​ full​ of​ gentle energy,​ love​ and​ compassion.​ It​ says​ softly​ to​ anyone​ who​ comes​ here​ with​ a ​ purpose:​ 'Come, see,​ enjoy​ and​ bring'.

With​ a ​ wide​ open​ heart,​ everyone​ will​ benefit​ from​ their​ stay​ in​ Svarga​ Loka.​ Guests​ come​ of their​ free​ will.​ The​ Balinese​ believe​ that​ from​ this​ action​ they​ will​ sense​ the​ Creator’s​ 'will'. Everyone​ will​ come​ to​ know​ what​ this​ will​ is​ long​ after​ their​ journey.​ The​ land​ is​ aware​ of​ what​ is needed​ by​ each​ person.​ Connecting​ with​ the​ vibration​ of​ the​ land,​ he​ or​ she​ will​ benefit​ from​ the energy​ of​ the​ land.​ Svarga​ Loka​ offers​ many​ levels​ of​ consciousness​ and​ awareness.​ It​ is​ up​ to the​ person​ whether​ they​ want​ to​ connect​ or​ not.​ Svarga​ Loka​ is​ a ​ transitional​ realm,​ not​ an​ end point.​ To​ be​ able​ to​ feel​ and​ experience​ the​ gifts​ from​ the​ land,​ he​ or​ she​ has​ to​ surrender,​ open their​ heart​ and​ be​ receptive.