Life Javanese have a proverb: urip itu urup. It means life is flame. Flame is light.
What is it mean? It is mean that life has meaning, full meaningful life if we contribute benefit to another people. The wonder is that is expressed in short word and let us think. Let us think and ask the question what it is mean?
That short proverb has similarities with Islamic teaching.
خَيْرُ الناسِ أَنْفَعُهُمْ لِلناسِ
“The best of man is the most beneficial to man” (Hadist narrated by Ahmad, ath-Thabrani, ad-Daruqutni.)
Most of Javanese are Moslem, so Islamic teaching has an effect on Javanese. And Javanese are rethinking Islamic teaching and expressed it in easy to remember and interesting proverb or quotation.
Urib itu urup. Life is light of the flame, the meaning of life if we give benefit to others around us. It means, the greater the benefits we provide certainly the better for us and others, but no matter how small the benefits we give to others do not let us be the one who is troubling the community. Don’t underestimate our kindness and goodness.
Remarkable meaning of Life is Flame
The meaning of this proverb is remarkable. We living together in the world. We are not alone. The world not to stand alone, in power and all only for ourselves, but we are born to give each other, help and help others without any sense of self-interest. All religions have much discussed this fact that humans as social beings must interact and help each other.
Javanese teaching also said that if we give something to gift to another, don’t expect to get recompense.
The benefit we give to another is like a fire that burns, fire does not mean burning and destructive coals, but the fire has the meaning of a light that always burns and shines every step of man to the right path. Therefore our lives must have the value of benefits that always give a bright light so that every step we and our brothers can walk toward the truth.
Don’t disturb another people because it does not fit our nature as a noble creature. If we do something wrong it is forgotten, but if the mistake is repeated a second time it has become his character. Let us fill our lives with useful benefits and let each other keep our steps beneficial to all.