Greetings to friends of the Ashram,
I am not too sure how this is going to work but the intent is to provide avenue for friends and guests ‘who have a story to tell or share’ (I have heard some pretty remarkable ones) to do so and write their Ashram experiences, be that of a recent visit or – for those souls lucky enough to have met her – of old encounter/s with our late founder, Ibu or Mrs. Gedong Bagoes Oka.
This blog will be linked to the Ashram’s www.ashramgandhi.com website to give visitors to the site as complete record as possible, from a single site, of what the Ashram was and is like, or what was Ibu like. This way people thinking about visiting the Ashram will have a better feel of what they’re in for and past guests can use it as a way of comparing notes, perhaps renew contact with others in the Ashram community etc. , as well as keeping a good record for posterity.
I have also come across comments written in some sites such as Facebook but I feel that a number of friends who are not on Facebook (and let’s face it – some never will!) miss out on reading some of those rather moving stories. So I would encourage those to re-write their comments here as this way we hope that http://www.ashramgandhi.com will be a kind of virtual ‘repository’ on anything about our very own Ashram Gandhi and Ibu, along with links to other relevant sites, all together in the in a single place.
Depending on how this develops and as need arises we may extend this blog role such as to disseminate information, publicize events, discuss issues relevant to the Ashram or Ashram’s values etc., and all placed in relevant categories.
Your cooperation and contribution are both sought after and encouraged. I have a good feel that this will be a start of a great initiative and that here we have a suite of products that can keep us actively engaged as a community. Thanking you in anticipation and – as we say in Balinese and at the Ashram – suksma ((thank you) and shantih greetings!
(fyi I am the fourth of Ibu‘s six sons, based in Melbourne, Australia, but in frequent contact and visits to the Ashram)