Balinese Tradition – Yadnya Sesa as the simplest offerings in Hindus.
Yadnya Sesa is the simplest Yadnya (offerings) as the realization of Panca Yadnya which is practiced by Hindus in everyday life. In some places in Bali, Yadnya Sesa also called by Mebanten Saiban, or Mejotan. The simplest offering, consisting of rice, side dishes (cooked on that day), salt and so on. This is an offering to the God and a symbol of gratitude for God’s grace. In the Vedic scriptures it is mentioned that whatever is enjoyed should first be presented to the God and which we enjoy is the Prasadam or lungsuran. The perfectness Yadnya Sesa (Mesaiban) is made up and then sprinkled with clean water and accompanied by burning incense as a witness of the offering. But simple things can be done without splashing water and lighting incense, because the form of Yadnya Sesa is very simple.
There are 5 important places that to pray Yadnya Sesa (Mesaiban), as symbol of Panca Maha Bhuta:
- Pertiwi (land), usually placed on the exit of the house or door of the yard.
- Apah (Water), placed on a well or a place of water.
- Teja (Fire), placed in the kitchen, on the stove
- Bayu, placed on rice, can also place the rice.
- Akasa, placed at the place of prayer (abduction, pelinggih etc).