As part of the Hindu diaspora that Siva Ashram will celebrate, at the entrance of our gardens, our very own gamelan (a traditional instrumental ensemble of Bali, Indonesia) will welcome our visitors. Considered the soul of the gamelan, the gong ageng is the most important instrument in this orchestra, they are often offered on rituals alongside flowers and food to appease the spirits in the area. Its focused pitch is used on auspicious and important occasions, like closing a business deal or receiving a very important guest. This musician will be very busy at Siva Ashram clashing his gong every time a new visitor arrives. The statue, based on a traditional Balinese design, has been carved in Bali exclusively for Siva Ashram and is awaiting shipment to Costa Rica to be installed on the grounds of our gardens. It is one of nine statues of musicians gracing the entrance to our gardens in celebration of life and the spiritual path. Line drawing courtesy of Manish Prajapati, @artbymanish.