Being raffled off now at the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa, is this high quality stone Buddha carving from Bali. This is a one of a kind piece, which has also been sanded after it was carved, making it very smooth to the touch. This is a quality not often found in Balinese stone carvings. It is made of dense lava rock, and is appropriate for indoors or out. You will have to go to Bali to find anything like it...or, of course, you can come and see the rest of my inventory of Balinese Buddhas right here in the Santa Rosa area (-;
Raffle tickets are $1 each, and are available through Stepping Stones Books and Gifts for a limited time. Come and see it on display in the social hall at CSLSR.
Hand carved lava stone with hand painted flower decoration make this Buddha a work of art. You won't need many flowers in your garden for this piece to stand out. Come and see this piece as well as many other Buddhas at the Gayatri Garden Accents warehouse north of Santa Rosa, CA, in the town of Fulton.
Need a new fish for your back yard pond? How about an easy care carved stone fish that you will never even need to feed. You can even insert a plastic tube to come out of its mouth to make it into a charming little water feature. Add a little fun to your garden.
This sturdy decorative teak garden bench can be placed within the garden or on the patio for a comfortable spot to sit and take a break from your busy day. It was made in Sanur, Bali out of reclaimed teak wood, and has beautiful wood grain patterns throughout. It measures 2' x 4' at the base. There are currently 2 in stock.
Guanyin, also known around the world by names such as Quan Yin, or Kwan Yin, is the Bodhisattva who hears the cries and suffering of the world. She is the highly regarded Goddess of compassion in east Asian Buddhism, and particular in Chinese Buddhism. At Gayatri Garden Accents, this statue of Guanyin is a high quality carving made of lava stone, holding mala beads in one hand, and pouring holy water in the other; a classic depiction of this Goddess.
Gayatri Garden Accents carries a nice selection of statuary with an aged
appearance. This meditating lichen covered Buddha,
which is 30" in height and carved in a rose colored lava stone,
began to grow lichen as it weathered
in the warm, tropical Balinese climate, waiting for a new home.
On many other statues in our stock, you will see moss,
which will return to life when our Sonoma County rainy season returns.
Commonly found as a cast concrete garden ornament,
this high quality and rare hand carved Shaolin Buddha
is made out of solid black lava rock.
He sits 23" tall and will be a striking addition to the garden.
Patches of moss will return to life following winter rain.
In Bali, it is common to see a spirit house on the property of homes and businesses throughout the island. They are believed to protect against mystical disturbances and stand as a guardian against such forces. Flowers, incense, and other offerings are placed on them to neutralize any negative energy. They are made in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, and are carved in stone
or cast in concrete.
If you would like one for your home and garden, contact Gayatri Garden Accents and visit our warehouse in the town of Fulton, CA, just north of Santa Rosa.
With Buddha, there is no rushing
through life, everything happens at the right time and place, and all
expectations and attachments must be relinquished. So, with this in
mind, it makes perfect sense that a cargo container full of Buddha
statues that was originally scheduled to arrive on April 1st, was
delayed in Hong Kong, spent 3 weeks going through U.S. Customs, and now
on May 21st, is scheduled to arrive in Santa Rosa, "any day now",
according to the customs broker...
When you are carved out of thousand year old stone, what's the hurry?
Gaining popularity in northern California landscapes are natural stone pots.
These limestone pots, that will be arriving soon to Gayatri Garden Accents in Santa Rosa, have a ruggedly natural appearance, and can be used for planting
or to make an interesting water feature.
Ganesha first appeared in Hindu literature sometime around the 4th to 5th century. He is an easily recognizable deity, whose most notable role is being the remover of obstacles, but he also places obstacles in the path of those needing to be checked. He is also associated with intelligence, wisdom, prosperity, protection, and learning.
There are several stories as to why Ganesha has an elephant head. My favorite version is the one that tells of him guarding the door to where his mother, Parvati, was resting. His father, Shiva, who had been away since before Ganesha was born, returned one day to see his wife. Not knowing who Ganesha was when he saw him standing guard at the doorway, he pulled out a sword and cut off his (human) head when Ganesha tried to stop him from entering the home. When Shiva went inside to see his wife, she exclaimed to him, "Did you see your son Ganesha on your way in?"
Shiva was horrified at what he'd done, so before his wife noticed his mistake, he told his army to go out and find the first head they could, and bring it back so it could be attached onto Ganesha's body. Taking Shiva's words literally, the first creature they found was an elephant. They cut off its head, brought it back to Shiva, stitched it on, and wha lah, everything is fixed.
I don't know what Parvati's reaction was, but I can't imagine she didn't notice...
Arriving soon to my collection of Balinese statuary in Santa Rosa, CA, a new discovery: Terra Cotta Buddha and Ganesha.
While driving through Denpasar on my way to Tanah Lot, a shop filled with terra cotta figures caught my eye as I rode past. Not having time to pull over, I quickly made note of the location of this shop so I could visit later.
On the way back from the temple, I located the shop and stopped in to take a closer look. I found some treasures here for sure. Terra cotta Buddhas and Ganeshas that I had not seen anywhere else in Bali. I ended up spending over an hour choosing pieces to ship back home.