We do not yet have the kind of keen, delicate, and purified sensitivity that would allow us to directly perceive spiritual truth. We can only perceive through the information sent from our coarse sensory organs designed for, and thus limited to this material world which manifest as bodily movements. In Latihan, we also experience bodily movements, but they are nothing to do with this world and are the reflection of spiritual truths. So, they occur independently of the will and change over time. People may laugh without feeling happy or shed tears without feeling sad. Often, they mistake these bodily movements for the substance of Latihan. This is a misunderstanding. Behind the worldly actions of the physical body is the spiritual substance of the soul experiencing contact with the Great Life Force. Laughing without feeling happy is no doubt an expression of the soul’s joy in the spiritual world; behind the weeping may be the soul’s repentance of their sins against God, in the reality of the next world.
In this book, Rozak Tatebe reviews the conflict between science and religion through history, recognizing that notions of God and the soul were devalued with the rise of scientific materialism in the 19th century. Tatebe offers an alternate vision of a future where the soul in each of us recognizes its rightful place as our life guide, and shows us how be free from the domination of greed and self-interest. One way to this new path is through the spiritual transformation offered by the Latihan – a simple yet profound spiritual exercise accessible to all of humanity.