May 25, 2020
She’s a paradigm of a “tortured hero”. On her late thirties; originally from Switzerland. She had a very strict education, high/middle class. Excelled at school and at must hobbies. She loved classical music and dance, a good wine, philosophy and first class airplane seats. Her mother, to whom she had a love and hate relationship, always pushed her to the limits, trading motherly love for perfection. After finishing her studies in Law, university, she started a corporate career. London was a dream destination and an achieved goal. So it was dating a Swedish, athletic and popular colleague. This, eventually, bursted to an end, as he started drinking and being abusive.
For a long time, she did her best to save that toxic relationship, despite never really having fallen in love with him. Being drained of her energy as a consequence, she was unable to keep up with the competitiveness of her job. Burned out, she took a long term license. Meanwhile, she refuged in sports, specially in hiking, and saw an extreme trail running event, in Java, as a way to escape from her routine.
The co-hero in this story. Born in Léon, Spain, on his early forties. He moved to Bali shortly before the beginning of the story, to work as a freelance photographer. Tall, skinny, energetic, perfectionist – a permanent traveller, unsatisfied, memory collector (and relationship connector, as well). He nurtured a not so secret disdain for Humanity while hoping to be able to find and love a woman he can admire. Until then, he could only admire their shape… temporarily! Unhappy with his childhood family life, he hated engagements, burdens, families, and everything in between. He smoked, as 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑖𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑚𝑎d𝑒 ℎ𝑖𝑚 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑝𝑖𝑑. It helps to 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑠𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑙𝑒𝑠. Maybe to his own self-torture… A party animal, he loved clubbing, over-drinking, meat (all sorts of), bullfighting, extreme sports and hallucinogenic trips. Raised Catholic, he studied philosophy. On his thirties he decided to leave his country and a teaching job, to pursue the thing he cherishes the most – his freedom.
Balinese, twenty something, tall (for the Balinese standards), fragile, gracious and extraordinarily beautiful. She came from a low chaste, poor family, in Mengwi. Her job was at a hotel near Tanah Lot temple. The owner – an older, fat, Muslim businessman from Java – noticed her beauty and proposed to marry her. She ended up accepting it, due to his generosity towards her and her family. No one knew he was already married to another women in his homeland with whom he had children. Lia was unable to conceive after marriage, due to some sort of anaemia. She spent her time between the hotel, her family house in Mengwi and Tirta Siddhi (a yoga ashram and retreat centre) where she taught traditional dances and offering making. She also did some photo modelling – not only for Tirta Siddhi itself, but for some other local resorts and massage centres.
She owns Tirta Siddhi – a yoga retreat center, not so far away from Ubud, where most of the action takes place. She’s a Balinese yoga teacher on her thirties, divorced, with one autistic son. She’s a sort of matriarch, sometimes cynical, sometimes still naive. Life quickly taught her how to take care of herself, educate a child with special needs, rule a business, and deal with the permanent drama of guests, staff and friends. Suardika is not particularly beautiful and accepted that, along with many other setbacks in life. Not wanting to be under authority of any man, she never married again. She had some boyfriends (which she tried, as much as possible, to keep away from business).
Handsome, very popular with the girls but, somehow, a bit introverted. He belongs to a rich family in Ubud, with whom he lives. He’s a lawyer by profession and a yoga teacher in part time, often helping at Tirta Siddhi. He had a western education and is both knowledgeable in Hinduism and Christianity. After school, he kept doing extensive readings and also learning from some gurus both in Bali and in India. Married, with two children, he knows the ones to talk to and the pitfalls to avoid. He helps Jesús on his own quest.
Middle aged, English born, he was a classic musician and studied to be a conductor. That was, until a trip to India revealed him a new universe he wanted to explore. He started with yoga, in Rishikesh, and soon got immersed in Hindu spirituality. For nearly a decade, with the help of some gurus, he engaged on Sadhana – the surrendering of the ego through meditation, yoga, chanting and prayer. Then, he moved to Bali, opened a small ashram in Sayan, near Ubud, where he lives with his Balinese wife, and son. He is a spiritual reference to I Gusti. The later introduced Jesus to him and he agreed to help clearing his mind, for several times. He spoke slowly, often stopping to listen to some sort of inner voice. He asked more than he answered; felt more than he read, and listened more than he spoke.
Find the a sort trailer of the overall story in here.