Meditation and prayers are a daily practice here at the ashram. The members pray 4 times a day and all meals are also blessed. Ibu Gedong, the founder made sure the overall philosophy was that all faiths would feel welcomed. I discovered this when to my great surprise, the first prayer session I attended included “How Great Thou Art”, my grandfather’s favourite hymn. I always get teary eyed when I hear it and this was no exception. Once of the young ashram members saw me wiping a tear from my cheek and she gently smiled.
I don’t think you can argue with Gandhi’s Seven Social Sins. They seem sensible and an apt guideline to an honourable life. They are painted prominently on a wall in the ashram so members and visitors cannot go by without seeing them.
The gates lead from the ashram to the ocean or the lagoon. I don’t believe they have any spiritual significance but they are beautiful and they just seemed to fit this post.