The spiritually renowned Bali is now blessed with the beauty of a park called ‘Secret Garden of The Divine Mother’. Despite its modest scale – possibly the smallest public park the world has – this public park is not an ordinary park. No indeed, for this is a spiritual park that will give you added benefits you do not find in an ordinary park. Dedicated to the Mothers of the Universe, the ‘Secret Garden’ has a considerably heavy mission, i.e. to Heal Mother Earth and Her Children.
Located approximately 100m from the Anand Krishna Centre at Jalan Pura Merta Sari 27, Sunset Road Area, Kuta Bali, the Garden is filled with numerous symbols of Mother Universe of various traditions. An oasis in the midst of modernity havoc, this spiritual garden quenches our thirst of love and peace.
‘Guarded’ by two offices of National Integration Movement (NIM) and Anand Krishna Global Cooperative in the compound, the spiritual Garden is the implementation of meditation in daily life. For meditation and spirituality are not mere sitting down in silence, reading the Scriptures and doing rituals. On the contrary, meditation and spirituality should be put into effect by actions, among others via the NIM (on the issues of nationality) and the Global Cooperative (issues of prosperity), for a better world and an enlightened society. The two offices guarding the Garden is a reminder for the members to always remember the base of their actions, which is bhakti or devotion.
The Garden’s exterior is ‘guarded’ by the statue of Ganesh (Removal of Obstacle, guardian of Wisdom) and the head statue of Trinity (Trimurti) that symbolises the main characters of the Existence: Creation (Brahma), Continuance (Vishnu) and Recycle/Returning to zero (Shiva).
Enter the Garden, we will find the statue of Ma (Mother) Durga, Shiva’s Shakti, standing in all Her glory at the centre point of the compound, facing the bust statue of Mr. Anand Krishna, the founder of this spiritual park. Made of at least 150cm solid black stone, the statue shows Her victorious state as She grinds demon Mahisasura on Her feet. Mother Durga is the quintessence of Recycle, destroyer of all evil characters within humankind. Back to back as a unit with Mother Durga is Her husband Shiva in the form of Lingga. Adorned with Shiva’s serene face, the Lingga represents respect to all creation and the balance between feminine and masculine forces.
Other aspects of human life are presented in the Secret Garden: Lady Sarasvati (the protector of Science and Art); Lady Shree (the protector of prosperity, represented with paddy barleys She carries) or Lakshmi as She is known in India; Bouraq (the angel who carried Prophet Muhammad) as the symbol of spiritual evolution; Mary Magdalene or the Mystic Rose representing devotion; and Goddess Kuan Yim, carrying herbs and a water jug symbolising holistic health.
Why is this Garden called ‘Secret Garden’ then? Mr. Anand Krishna explained that in essence, there is gentleness and kindness in every human’s heart, the true power a human can ever have. One’s presence inside the Garden, even for just one short moment, will trigger the dormant kindness within him/her. Indeed, for we must access the Gentle Love within us to save the Earth. Love is the only solution to address various horrendous things we are facing to date, such as global warming, global climate change, etc. Hence, let’s work hand in hand towards One Earth, One Sky and One Humankind.