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Balinese Prayer Boxes

These days many of the very best prayer boxes are being handcrafted in Bali, Indonesia.  Bali silversmiths are among the best in the world.

The Balinese silvercraft style is very easy to recognize. Central to the look of Bali silver is the extensive use of small sterling silver granules and molded wire.  

Notice the tiny silver "dots" on the prayer box to the right, which was made in Celuk, Bali.   Each granule is first glued into place, using a resin from a local berry. Once the designer is satisfied with his or her creation, each dot is painstakingly and individually soldered into place.   

You will also notice that a base pattern has been created by bending and twisting sterling silver wire, which is quite malleable, to form various shapes. The wire is then soldered into place.  

This integration of granulation and wiring is what defines, more than anything else, the "Bali style" of silversmithing. 

Of course, Bali silversmiths also make use of gemstones, cabochons, casting and other techniques to add to the beauty of their creations.  The total effect is a "look and feel" that is identifiably "Balinese" to the trained eye.


Prayer Box With Turquoise

 


On Prayer

"One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer."

G. E. Lessing
German Dramatist
(1729 - 1781)

 

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi
Indian Philosopher
(1869-1948)

"Prayer is an important practice that serves to internalize the ideals of the Buddhist path."

G. R. Lewis
Buddhist Faith
Fellowship Founder

 

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself. "

Mother Teresa
(1910 - 1997)

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

Rev. Martin Luther King
Minister and Civil Rights Leader
(1929 - 1968)

"No prayer is complete without presence." 


Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Persian Sufi Mystic 
  (1207-1273) 

"In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart."

John Bunyan
Puritan Minister and Writer
(1628-1688)

"Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God."

Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Presbyterian Minister and Poet
1858-1901