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Sanghyang Adi Buddha is a concept of God in Buddhism in Indonesia. This term was used by Ashin Jinarakkhita at the time of Buddhist revival in Indonesia in the mid 20th century to reconcile the first principle of the official philosophical foundation of Indonesia (Pancasila), i.e. "KeTuhanan Yang Maha Esa" (lit. "Recognition of the Divine Omnipotence") that requires the belief in a supreme God, with Buddhism which strictly speaking does not believe in such monotheistic God. This concept is used by the Indonesian Buddhist Council, an organization that seeks to represent all Buddhist traditions in Indonesia such as Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.
Adi Buddha is one of many names that may be used as an approximation for God Almighty in addition to Advaya, Diwarupa, Mahavairocana (Kawi language texts of Buddhism), Vajradhara (Tibetan Kagyu and Gelug schools), Samantabhadra (Tibetan Nyingma school), and Adinatha (Nepal). In Indonesia, the term Sanghyang Adi Buddha is agreed upon and used by the Indonesian Supreme Sangha and the Indonesian Buddhist Council as the designation for the God Almighty. This term is not found in Pāli Canon, but used in some old Indonesian Vajrayana texts such as Sanghyang Kamahayanikan.
- 1 Conception
- 2 History
- 3 Controversy
- 4 Usage
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Bibliography
Adi-Buddha is the Almighty Primordial Buddha, or Paramadi Buddha (The first and incomparable Buddha). He has some other names such as Adau‐Buddha (Primordial Buddha), Anadi‐Buddha (Uncreated Buddha), Uru‐Buddha (Buddha of the Buddhas). He also called Adinatha (The first Protector), Svayambhulokanatha (self-originating World Protector), Vajradhara (Vajra Holder), Vajrasattva (Vajra Being), Svayambhu (the Self-Originating One), or Sanghyang Adwaya (Unequalled). In Chinese language, Adi‐Buddha is Pen‐chu‐fu, while aramadi‐Buddha is translated as Sheng‐chu‐fu. In Tibet Dan‐pohi‐sans‐rgyas, Mchog‐gi‐dan‐pohi‐sans‐rgyas, or Thogmahi‐sans‐rgyas are all refers to "Buddha of the Buddhas", that existed since the beginning, as the first: Paramadi‐buddhoddhrta‐sri‐kalacakra‐nama‐tantraraja and Jnanasattva‐manjusryadi‐buddha‐nama‐sadhana.
Mahayana Buddhism believes that Buddha has three bodies (Trikaya), i.e.: "The Created Body" (Nirmanakaya) to teach common human being; "Body of Mutual Enjoyment" (Sambhogakāya) or the body of bliss or clear light; and "Truth Body" (Dharmakāya) which is eternal, omnipresent, non-individual, almighty, non-dual, and self-originating (svabhava‐kaya). There may be many Buddhas, but only one Dharmakaya. This Dharmakaya is identical with Adi‐Buddha. The sources of this Trikaya doctrine are Avatamsaka Sutra and Mahayana‐sraddhotpada‐shastra. The last one was the work of Asvagosha, a monk who lived around the first century AD. Vetulyaka Lokottaravada School says that Sakyamuni originally was the manifestation of Adi‐Buddha in this world. Herman S. Hendro (1968) wrote:
- "Dalam Kitab Sutji Sang Hyang Kamahayanikan, pupuh ke-19 didjelaskan bahwa Sang Buddha Gautama telah menunggal dengan Sang Hyang Adhi Buddha atau dengan kata lain bahwa Sang Buddha Gautama adalah pengedjawantahan dari Sang Adhi Buddha. Karena itu bila kita menjebut Sang Adhi Buddha maka itu adalah Sang Buddha jang tidak berkarya (saguna)."
- "In the Sacred Book of Sanghyang Kamahayanikan, 19th stanza, is explained that the Buddha Gautama was merged with Sang Hyang Adhi Buddha, or in other words the Buddha Gautama was the manifestation of the Adhi Buddha. Therefore if we refers the Adhi Buddha then He is the Buddha who is inactive (saguna)."
Although revered, prayers are never addressed to Adi Buddha. With his power, he emanates into five Dhyani Buddhas. The heaven of Adi Buddha is called Ogamin in Tibetan or Akanistha in Sanskrit (lit. "not down" or "without (back) to the bottom").
- “There is, O monks, an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. Were there not, O monks, this Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, there would be no escape from the world of the born, originated, created, formed. Since, O monks, there is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, therefore is there an escape from the born, originated, created, formed. What is dependent, that also moves; what is independent does not move. Where there is no movement, there is rest; where rest is, there is no desire; where there is no desire, there is neither coming nor going, no ceasing-to-be, no further coming to be. Where there is no ceasing-to-be, no further coming-to-be, there is neither this shore [this world] nor the other shore [Nirvana], nor anything between them."
Pali language for the Almighty God is "Athi Ajatam Adbhutam Akatam Samkhatam" or "the Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, and Absolute One". The Almighty God is something without ego (anatta), unpersonified, and indescribable in any form. But for there is the Absolute, the unconditioned (Asamkhatam), one can attain the freedom from wheel of life (samsara) by meditating.
Sanghyang Adi Buddha is the origin of everything in the universe, but he himself is without beginning or end, self-originating, infinite, omnipotent, unconditioned, absolute, omnipresent, almighty, incomparable, and immortal. However, those words are unable to describe the true self of Sanghyang Adi Buddha. The existence of Adi Buddha demonstrates that this life is not the product of chaos, but the product of spiritual hierarchy. By the presence of Adi Buddha, this life becomes useful and be possible to attain enlightenment and Buddhahood.
Indonesian Supreme Sangha describes God in Buddhism and defines God as "the source of everything that exists": Almighty, eternal, everything in the universe are His exposition, intangible and doesn't manifest Himself.
Indonesian National Encyclopedia
- "Adi-Buddha is a term for the Almighty God in Buddhism. This title came from the Aisvarika tradition of Mahayana in Nepal, which is spread through Bengal, and became also known in Java. Aisvarika is the term for the disciples of theist view in Buddhism. This word came from 'Isvara' which means 'God' or 'Great Buddha' or 'the Almighty', and 'ika' which means 'follower' or 'disciple'. "
- "This term is used by the Svabhavavak Buddhism in Nepal. This school is one of the branch of Tantrayana school of Mahayana. The term for God Almighty in this school is Adi-Buddha. Later, this view also spread to Java in the time of Srivijaya and Majapahit. The present scholars knows this term from the paper of B.H. Hodgson, a researcher who studied the religious in Nepal.
- "According to this view, one can coalesce (moksha) with Adi-Buddha or Isvara through his efforts with the ascetic path (tapa) and meditating (Dhyana).
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism
The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism gives the following definition for Adi Buddha:
- "Term used in Mahayana Buddhism, especially in Nepal and Tibet, for the 'primordial Buddha', the Buddha without beginning." (Ling: 8)
- "The primordial Buddha. Although the concept itself can be traced to early Buddhism, it is widely acknowledge that the notion of the Adi-Buddha was fully developed in esoteric Buddhism. In [traditional Mahayana] Buddhism, the Adi-Buddha is represented by Mahavairocana Buddha". (Preb: 38)
"Esoteric Buddhism" is a general term used for the schools of Buddhism using mantras and mudras as a principal method of cultivation. These schools exist in the Mahayana tradition of most Asian countries. However, in practice, the term is often used synonymously with the Tantric School of Tibet (Vajrayana). (Yokoi: 203)
The concept of Adi Buddha arose from the development of "Theistic Buddhism" which is the last stage of Mahayana Buddhism and mainly influenced by the view of Saivite (Hinduism). This development is found in Nepal and Java, while it originated from Bengal. This conception reached its full development in the literature of Kālacakra (Vajrayana Buddhism). Sir Charles Eliot on his Hinduism and Buddhism (III, 387) proposes that those development were the last effort of Middle East Buddhism to encounter the expansion of Islam by showed that monotheism may also be found inside Buddhism. The important and fundamental thing of this doctrine is that from this one primordial Buddha finally emanates the other Buddhas. Nevertheless, the disciples of Kālacakra are not theist in the sense of worshipping one Almighty God, but they identified the Adi Buddha differently according their own sects.
It's hard to determine when or how the concept of Ādi Buddha or Paramādi Buddha first appeared. Csoma Körösi said that the name and system associated with it are closely related to Srikāla-cakra-tantra, a tantric that straightforwardly a Saivite in its inspiration, which arose in the 10th or 11th century AD. But, the term Ādi Buddha had first appeared in Nāmasangiti as the epithet of Mañjusri, a sacred text which is considered earlier than the 10th century because the comment of this text is estimated to be written at least from the 7th century AD.
This concept was developed in the esoteric teaching of Tantra, though its genesis may be traced much earlier. The earliest sacred text may be Namasangiti, a work thought to date from the 7th century AD. The other sacred texts are Guna Karanda Vyuha, Svayambhu Purana, Maha Vairocanabhisambodhi Sutra, Tattvasangraha Sutra, Guhya‐samaya Sutra, and Paramadi‐buddhoddhrta‐sri‐kalacakra Sutra. The sacred text from Indonesia are Namasangiti of Candrakirti from Srivijaya and Sanghyang Kamahayanikan from the era of the reign of Mpu Sindok (10th century AD).
Periods of development
The development of Ādi Buddha's conception is divided into three periods.
- First Period (Mixed Esoteric Buddhism), include the origin and formation into two types of systems, i.e. Madhyamika and Vijnaptivada. This period only implied the seed of Esoteric Buddhism. Various rules of religious ceremonies, paintings and statues of various Buddhas, were compiled separately, incomplete, and irregular. Suiddhikara and Subahu-pariprccha Sutras are esoteric sutras from this period; rarely has philosophical meaning and so-called dhyanottarapatalakrama.
- Second Period (Pure Esoteric Buddhism), organize and systematize the first period and added a philosophical sense. Madhyamika systematizes the rules of rituals and philosophical concepts together; Yoga only discusses the important issues philosophically. At this level, Esoteric Buddhism was the earlier development than Esoteric Hinduism and other religions. Maha-Vairocanabhisambodhi, Tattvasangraha, and Paramadi are esoteric sutras from this period.
- Third Period, the rise of the heterodoxy schools apart from the pure Esoteric Buddhism. Guhya-samaja is one of some of the fundamental sutras from this period.
The evolution of the Ādi Buddha's concept
Theravadan canonic texts sources
Theravadan canonic texts mentions that Sakyamuni Buddha enter the Nibbana (parinibbana) at the age of 80 years. However, it also explains that if He wanted, He could live as human for a kalpa (aeon). In the nibbana, His knowledge is beyond that of human and gods, under the condition which cannot be explained, and beyond the ability of mind, but it is not a nothingness.
- "Quite possible that the Buddhist quickly belief that Sakyamuni during his stay in the earth was only a magical substitution and the real Sakyamuni had attained the eternal Buddhahood very long time ago."
Some doctrines which support this contention are:
- Sukhavati (Chapter 2): a Buddha live for a hundred thousand niyuta (millions) koti (10 millions) kalpa or more.
- Lokottaravada (Vetulyaka School): Sakyamuni did not appear as a human in the world, but gave his image to represent Himself.
- Mahavastu and Suvanaprabhasa: in countless past, at the beginning of time, Sakyamuni has achieved Buddhahood; his appearance on the earth at this time, his entry to Nirvana, and so on are merely a symptom of Nirmanakaya.
- Vibhajjavadin: Sakyamuni entered the sa-upadisesa-Nibbana ("nirvana with residue") when becoming a Buddha. The residue is the body without an "active soul", that constantly alive and talk.
As time goes by, an idea evolved from it that Shakyamuni Buddha is one of a series of Buddhas (for the sake of convenience it is calculated as four, seven, or twenty-four) that form an infinite series, extends indefinitely, backward to the past and forward into the future. Many of these Buddhas does not born on this earth, but in various worlds which are referred as the "Buddha's Pure Land". The Buddhas that shine on the infinite space and infinite universe are under the Ādi Buddha. However, in Sūtrālankara (IX, 77), the doctrine of Ādi Buddha is completely rejected, because no one can become a Buddha without sambhara, i.e. the merit and wisdom, which can only be obtained from a previous Buddha (which preceded and predicted that he will be the next Buddha in the next life). Therefore, there can not be the first Buddha.
Statements of esoteric sutras
Mahā-Vairochanābhisambodhi Sutra states that Buddha's liveliness comes from the body (kāya), speech (vāk), and mind (citta). The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are the manifestation of every innumerable virtues of Mahā-Vairochana-tathāgata that is the king of the universe. Chapter of Mahā-virasamādi describes Mahā-Vairochana-tathāgata as follows:
The wisdom of the Buddha is not inconceivable and incomparable. Those who have been freed from all kinds of stains and have realized the truth by self-awaken will obtain the fulfillment of all their desires.
The term "those who self-awaken" (Svayambhu) is used later as another name of Adi Buddha and has an important meaning. In Buddhaguhya, the comment on Mahā-Vairochanā Sutra, the meaning of Ādi Buddha is described as follows:
Those who "self-awaken" are the bodhisattvas that higher than the eighth level. They are not guided by the others, but reached his own awakening.
Tatvasangraha Sutra which is included in the sutras from the end of pure Esoteric Buddhism period, the third mysteries which were mentioned in the Mahā-Vairochanābhisambodhi Sutra had evolved, i.e. mahā mandala (body), samaya mandala (mind), dharma mandala (speech), and karma mandala (actions). Each is represented by the mudrā as mahā mudrā, samaya mudrā, dharma mudrā, and karma mudrā. It says:
After Vajradhātu-mahāsattva himself realized the enlightenment of all Tathāgataa, he became Vajradhātu-tathāgata and entered the Jewel Form (Vajra-sattva) which is the nature of the five types of understanding: pure understanding of dharma-dhātu, understanding like mirror, understanding into the nature of oneness, magical understanding, and understanding to achieve all deeds. All Tathāgatas exist inside this Vajra-sattva. Each one of them can talk to each other, and in fact they are one without difference. One occupies the seat of the king of all Tathagatas, while the others facing the four corners, then arose the four Buddhas whose are the important qualities of four types of wisdom. These Buddhas are Aksobhya (east), Ratnasambhava (south), Amitabha (west), and Amoghasiddhi (north).
By comparing Mahā-Vairochanābhisambodhi Sutra and Tatvasangraha Sutra, it can be seen the first classifies and amalgamates various deities from first period of Esoteric Buddhism, while the later (and newer) explains that the thirty six deities were derived from Vajradhātu-tathāgata Buddha.
In the later period, Namasangiti mentioned that Vajrasattva is the Adi Buddha. The reason why the name Manjushri instead of Vajrasattva was being used, because Manjushri is the manifestation of true enlightenment body of Samantabhadra (another name of Vajrasattva). In the same comment, Adi Buddha was referred as the "Buddha with no beginning and no end. The Ādi Buddha is formless and invisible."
The belief in Indonesia
Since the time of Sailendra and Medang Kingdom, Indonesian Buddhists have the same belief in the existence of God Almighty as the Buddhists in Tibet, Nepal, and the northern schools. Nepalese uses the term Adinata which means "main protector"; and Swayambhulokanatta which means "the unborn protector of the universe". The Tibetan familiar with terms such as Vajradhara (Tibet= Dorjechang; lit. "ruler of all the mysteries". Namasangiti Text of Candrakīrti (a monk who was staying in Indonesia), and the symbolism of Borobudur's mandala stupa, provided evidence that the Buddhism embraced by Indonesian people since the days of Srivijaya, Ancient Mataram, Sailendra, and Majapahit is the Buddhism which glorifies the God Almighty.
Some Indonesian sacred texts which contains the name of Sanghyang Adi Buddha are:
1. Guna Karanda Vyuha Text
- "In the time of nothingness, Shambu was already exist, this is what is called Svayambhu (self-manifested), and preceded all things, this is why he is called the Adi Buddha."
2. Sanghyang Kamahayanikan Text
- "All praises for Sanghyang Adi Buddha, this is the Sanghyang Kamahayanikan that I have been wanted to teach you, to the sons of Buddha (whom also) the family of Tathagata, the grandeur of 'Sanghyang Mahayana' practices is what i have to teach you."
Herman S. Hendro (1968) in his paper mentioned:
- "The closed uppermost large stupa [of Borobudur] is the epitome of a man who has reached the Absolute Freedom (Nibbana/ Nirvana) and united with Adi Buddha. Inside that stupa once was an incomplete and rough Buddha statue which is depicting the Adi Buddha which is unimaginable by human."
Since Indonesian independence in 1945, the founders of this new state had agreed on a proposed ideology as a national foundation for uniting all ethnicities, religions, and races, i.e. Pancasila as the basic foundation of the state and nationhood. The first precept of Pancasila is "Belief in the Almighty Godliness" ("Recognition of the Divine Omnipotence").[note 1] The majority of Indonesian people mistranslated the sanskrit "Esa" -Almighty (absolute in virtues)- as "Eka" -One. This misconceptions makes some factions questioning the doctrine of Buddhism whether it acknowledges the Belief in God Almighty or not.
Following the attempted coup of Communist Party of Indonesia's (PKI) in 1965, Indonesian Government rejects and prohibits the development of all views that correspond to communism or atheism. Consequently, there was some doubt within the Indonesian Government at the time whether Buddhism can be accepted as an official religion. His Holiness Ashin Jinarakkhita proposed the name of Sanghyang Adi Buddha as the God of Buddhist teachings. He sought confirmation for this uniquely Indonesian version of Buddhism in ancient Javanese texts, and even the shape of the Buddhist temple complex at Borobudur in Jawa Tengah Province. It was submitted to the Minister of Religious Affairs, and the government eventually accepted Buddhism as a state religion in 1978, as stated in GBHN (Outlines of Indonesian State Policy) of 1978, Presidential Decree No. 30 of 1978, and the Form Letter of Indonesian Department of the Interior No.477/74054/1978 (November 18, 1978).
The use of Sanghyang Adi Buddha as a name for a supreme God is controversial among Indonesian Buddhists to the present day. The reason is that the concept of Sanghyang Adi Buddha, which only exists in Tantrayana/ Vajrayana traditions, is not a god in the sense of a personal god of the monotheistic religions. The use of the name of Sanghyang Adi Buddha as a personal god, is the product of a compromise with political reality, and is contrary to the teachings of Buddhism. Because of this political compromise, Indonesian Buddhism differs from mainstream Buddhism. This controversy also extends to Very Venerable Ashin Jinarakkhita as the originator of the term Sanghyang Adi Buddha as a god in Buddhism.
While the State seemed to be easily satisfied with Ashin Jinarakkhita's assurance, questions came from their fellow Buddhists and, later, also his primary disciples who were on the same boat with him in the beginning. Since then, debates, disintegration, and splits could not be avoided within Buddhist organizations. The strongest opposition was coming from the Theravādan members, and it seemed to happen partly because of the influence of the Thai Buddhist’s purification movement started in the nineteenth century by King Mongkut as later on many Thai bhikkhus coming to Indonesia. Though there were also Buddhist monks coming from Sri Lanka, such as Bhikkhu Narada Thera and Mahasi Sayadaw and his group, they only came a few times during these early years.
In the same year when the controversy was erupting (1974), the Indonesian Directorate General Guidance of Hindu-Buddhism (Gde Puja, MA.) issued a resolution on all schools/ traditions of Buddhism that they should believe in the presence of an Almighty God (First precept of Pancasila), and while each of this sects may give different names to Him, He is essentially the same entity. This resolution became indirectly a government imposition of the doctrine of Oneness of God on all schools/ traditions of Buddhism. Any schools/ traditions that do not believe in the existence of One God would be dissolved. This happened to the Mahayana school/ tradition of the monk Sun Karma Chandra which was dissolved on July 21, 1978.
Nowadays, the term of Sanghyang Adi Buddha only used mostly by Indonesian Buddhayana Council and Indonesian Supreme Sangha. Some schools treat the concept indifferently, while the others simply refuse and consider the idea as heresy (especially the Indonesian Theravada Sangha), and only a fraction supports it fully or partially.
Sanghyang Adi Buddha is used in greeting especially by Indonesian Buddhayana Council, i.e. Namo Sanghyang Adi Buddhaya. This salutation was popularized by the late Venerable Mahawiku Dharma-aji Uggadhammo, one of the five first disciples of Ashin Jinarakkhita, whose ordained as the first Indonesian Buddhist monks after the independence of Indonesia.
The complete salutation which is commonly used as a greeting in the books' preface, letters, or meeting is:
The tribute to Sanghyang Adi Buddha is often included in the vandana (devotion) section of ritual books.
- Terpujilah Sanghyang Adi Buddha Tuhan Yang Maha Esa
- ("Homage to Sanghyang Adi Buddha the Almighty God")
- Terpujilah Bhagavā, Yang Maha Suci, Yang telah mencapai Penerangan Sempurna
- ("Homage to the Blessed One the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One")
- Terpujilah Para Bodhisattva-Mahasattva
- Namo Sanghyang Ādi Buddhaya (3x)
- "Homage to the Almighty God, shout the whole world"
- Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Sammā-sambuddhassa (3x)
- "Homage to the Blessed One the Worthy One, the Fully Enlightened One"
- Namo Sarve Bodhisattvāya-Mahāsattvāya (3x)
Indonesian Government Regulation Number 21/1975 about the vow of the civil bureaucrat, arranges the vow for the Buddhist bureaucrat by mentions "Demi Sanghyang Adi Buddha" ("by Sanghyang Adi Buddha") in the beginning of the vow.
- The Indonesian word "Tuhan" usually is translated into "God" or "Lord". "Tuhan" is a noun while "Ketuhanan" is an adjective. Wilis in her paper citated: With the addition of prefix and suffix, it changes the noun into an adjective “Ketuhanan” or “Lordness.” Page 3, 4.
- See the preface on Buddhist ritual books Li Fo Chan Hui Wen PA SHE PA FO by Sagin, Saddharma Pundarika Sutra Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Samanta Mukha Varga (2005) by Sagin, and Amitabha Sutra, Evening Service complete edition + translation.
- The salutation on the PREFACE of Paguyuban Wulan Bahagia and East Java Indonesian Buddhist Council's magazine is Namo SangHyang Adi Buddhaya, Namo Buddhaya.
- R. B. Cribb, Audrey Kahin (2004). Historical Dictionary of Indonesia (Second ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 63. ISBN 978-0810849358.
- Andrew Clinton Willford, Kenneth M. George, ed. (2004). Spirited Politics: Religion and Public Life in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Cornell University Southeast Asia Program. p. 132. ISBN 978-0877277378.
- Somo Wibowo. June 4th, 2013. Asal Muasal Istilah Sang Hyang Adi Buddha. (in Indonesian)
- Sarjana dan Profesional Buddhis Indonesia. November 28th, 2008. Konsep Ketuhanan Dalam Agama Buddha Archived 2013-10-23 at the Wayback Machine.. (in Indonesian)
- Shandi Bucung. November 20th, 2012. Ketuhanan Dalam Agama Buddha. (in Indonesian)
- Hudaya Kandahjaya. September 2nd, 1989. "ADI BUDDHA dalam AGAMA BUDDHA INDONESIA". Bogor: Forum Pengkajian Agama Buddha Indonesia. (in Indonesian)
- Translator: Jeanne Martani and Krishnanda W. Mukti. 1976. "Adi Buddha". Translated from "Encyclopedia of Buddhisme" (Edited by G.P. Malalasekera. Published by: Government of Ceylon, 1953). Publisher: Yayasan Buddhayana Jakarta.
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- Van Hien Study Group. 2003. The Seeker's Glossary of Buddhism, "Esoteric School", p. 228. New York: Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada. Strictly for free distribution.
- Tārānātha, p. 152.
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- Editor: Ashin Nyanavirya. September 2013. Buku Tuntunan Puja Kunjungan Kasih, Second Edition, p. 4. Surabaya: Yayasan Buddhayana Dharmawira Centre. Free distribution.
- SUMPAH/JANJI PEGAWAI NEGERI SIPIL Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 21 Tahun 1975 Tanggal 23 Juni 1975 (in Indonesian)
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