DENPASAR (Indo.com): If you spend your days with Balinese,
you will probably get a story about Leak or Balinese magic.
And sometimes it is hard to believe it, but often it will
make you very curious. To get someone that can show you
about this magic is not as easier as you get someone who
can tell you about Leak.
But there is a chance for you to get more information about
it now. In Panjer, southern of Denpasar, someone can tell
you and show some parts of this magic. His name is Ngurah
Harta, a young spiritual figure.
Recently, he showed what a leak was in front of many audiences
in a seminar on Leak in Udayana University. And he has a
plan to hold a workshop on Leak where he will show how the
process of becoming a leak is. Unfortunately, however, you
will not be able to ask him to show his magic anytime you
want. Discussing how to show the magic is considered to
In Bali, people have a bad image of Leak. They believe that
Leak can make one fall sick or killed. One wishing to learn
about leak should devote his or her self to Durga, in hope
that She may bestow upon one the gift of being able to use
leak's mantra effectively. After having achieved one's end
by means of offering and prayers recited during a mystic
dance in the middle of the night in the graveyard, then
he will transform into a leak.
A leak has a power to change its appearance into an animal,
a bike or a car, a flaming ghost (endih), a demon
devil, and others that he wants.
A Leak has several ways to change its appearance: First,
what Balinese call leak pamoroan. It can change completely
into animals that appear only during the night. They try
to suck their victims or just frighten them.
Second, Tluh, a change of the appearance but only
its facial expression: The face is swollen, the eyes are
distended and glowing with the fixed gaze. They appear at
daytime, exert themselves to stab their enemies into stomach
with a knife hidden in their hand.
Third, higher level is tranjana. They can appear
during the day or the night. Their appearance is only to
be seen indistinctly, partly invisible, or as a shadow to
straggle his victim.
However to harm or kill someone, leak can also use papasangan.
It does not need to change his or her appearance. Sometimes,
leaks are seen involved in fights, measuring their power
one against another. Common people usually are unable to
see the fights. And the one who losses the fight will fall
ill or will show sitting of blood and is doomed to death.
A trained (leak's master) will usually find it much easier
to transform its performance.. Having concentrated on a
shape of an animal he is going to change into and recited
magical words (mantra) properly, then he will transform
directly into a leak.
The leak is considered to be lower than mankind because
what he eats include corpses and everything putrefied. He
sees a dead dog as a delicious food and he mistakes foul
smell for fragrance and perfume.
Actually, Leak is not as bad as people think. It is like
a knife: It can help us or hurt us, depending on how and
what we use it for. Mangku Ketut Rnam said that Leak more
is like a sharpened knowledge and "it is not bad as people
think, it can be used to help people although it can hurt
LK. Suryani, meditation expert, also shared Mangku Tetut
Rnam's view, saying that people have misperception about
leak. "People just see it from the negative side. They do
not realize that leak is just like a meditation or other
kinds of science," she said.
She believes that leak still exist in Bali.
Ngurah Harta realizes that challenges facing those who already
have a bad image about leak. "Leak is one of our heritages
that need to be retained to prevent it from extinction.
If leak is said to be a bad thing, I do not agree. In fact,
it will entirely depend on individuals themselves. If leak
is used for healing purposes, then it means good but when
leak is used to harm people, it means bad," he said.