Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo

The Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo is a Javanese song that I stumbled upon while browsing the internet. The word “Kidung” means poetry, song, or hymn, while “Wahyu” refers to a message or guidance from the heavens that is communicated by the Almighty to His servants. The word “Kolo” or “Kala” means “when,” and “Sebo” means “facing.” So, the Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo can be translated as a song that contains a message or guidance when facing the Almighty.

Upon first interpretation, one might think that the song is about someone facing the Almighty only upon death, but in Islam, the five daily prayers are also a time when one faces Allah. The Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo is a poem that contains words that lead to teachings in accordance with Islamic principles. The following is the complete poem:

Rumekso ingsun laku nisto ngoyo woro: Guard myself from sinful and arbitrary actions
Kelawan mekak howo, howo kang dur angkoro: By controlling my desires and impulses
Senadyan setan gentayangan, tansah gawe rubeda: Despite the devil's temptations, always causing trouble
Hinggo pupusing jaman: Until the end of time

Hameteg ingsun nyirep geni wiso murko: I will extinguish the fire of anger with all my might
Maper hardening ponco, saben ulesing netro: Controlling the five senses in every blink of an eye
Linambaran sih kawelasan, ingkang paring kamulyan: Guided by the feeling of compassion from the Giver of Glory
Sang Hyang Jati Pengeran: The Eternal Lord

Jiwanggo kalbu, samudro pepuntoning laku: Reigning in the heart, the ocean that guides actions
Tumuju dateng Gusti, Dzat Kang Amurbo Dumadi: Towards the Lord, the Being without origin
Manunggaling kawulo Gusti, krenteg ati bakal dumadi: Uniting the servant with the Lord, the will shall come to fruition
Mukti ingsun, tanpo piranti: I am victorious, without any conditions

Sumebyar ing sukmo madu sarining perwito: Spread to the soul like honey
Maneko warno prodo, mbangun projo sampurno: Various colors of glory, building a perfect self
Sengkolo tido mukso, kolobendu nyoto sirno: Misfortune will surely disappear, real disasters will fade away
Tyasing roso mardiko: Freedom will emerge

Mugiyo den sedyo pusoko Kalimosodo: May it be with the words of the creed
Yekti dadi mustiko, sajeroning jiwo rogo: Truly becoming a treasure in the body and soul
Bejo mulyo waskito, digdoyo bowo leksono: Fortunate and noble, powerful and dignified Byar
manjing sigro-sigro: Byar shines brilliantly

Ampuh sepuh wutuh, tan keno iso paneluh: Strong and ancient power, cannot be enchanted
Gagah bungah sumringah, ndadar ing wayah-wayah: Majestic and joyful, shining throughout time
Satriyo toto sembodo, Wirotomo katon sewu kartiko: Brave and dignified, Wirotama like a thousand stars
Kataman wahyu … Kolosebo: Receiving the wahyu kalaseba

Memuji ingsun kanthi suwito linuhung: I praise with a high face
Segoro gando arum, suhrep dupo kumelun: The ocean smells fragrant like incense
Tinulah niat ingsun, hangidung sabdo kang luhur: Cultivating my intention, singing words of nobility Titahing Sang Hyang Agung: Following the command of the Almighty

Rembesing tresno, tondho luhing netro roso: Spilling love, a sign of tears of emotions
Roso rasaning ati, kadyo tirto kang suci: The feeling of the heart, like pure water
Kawistoro jopo montro, kondang dadi pepadang: Achieving the japa mantra, shining brightly
Palilahing Sang Hyang Wenang: Satisfying the Almighty

Nowo dewo jawoto, tali santiko bawono: Nine forms of gods, the power of the universe
Prasido sidhikoro, ing sasono asmoroloyo: Forever praising in the throne of heaven
Sri Narendro Kolosebo, winisudo ing gegono: King Kolosebo, crowned in the sky
Datan gingsir … sewu warso: Will not sink … for a thousand years

I have several favorite Youtube videos that I listen to the Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo, including:

Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo: Niken Salindry. My favorite because of its beautiful voice.

Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo: Sri Narendra Kalaseba

Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo: Sasya Arkhisna

I often see the Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo used as background music for the Cakilan dance. Due to its lyrics and aura, many are influenced by its rhythm and join in the dance. In addition to the Cakilan, the Kidung Wahyu Kolosebo is also widely used as background music for the Ebeg performance art. Ebeg is a regional dance form from Banyumas that uses bamboo horses and their heads are adorned with palm fiber as hair. The Ebeg dance in Banyumas portrays a warrior riding a horse.

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