Birthdate: March 8, 1944 URS: October 7, 2016
Saddiq Indra Pablo Gonzalez, a long time Sufi practitioner and guide (sheraq), left this earthly world on October 7th, 2016. He passed away peacefully in the comfort of his Florida home, being surrounded by his wife Surapsari, son Angel, and daughter Lisa. Honoring Saddiq’s wish, part of his cremation remains was cast away in the ocean off Casey Key, FL where he would enjoy his daily swimming. The rest was buried inside the memorial dedicated to Saddiq at the Anand Asharam in Ubud, Bali. Anand Krishna, Saddiq’s dear friend and the most respected interfaith spiritual leader of Indonesia, appreciated Saddiq’s contribution to his ashram and built the memorial which was modeled after the Prambanan Hindu Temple in Java. It was Saddiq’s favorite temple.
The last days of Saddiq’s life were candidly shared by his wife, Surapsari, at his memorial services at Anand Ashram and Rising Tide International in Sarasota, FL. The story of how Saddiq prepared himself for passing touched the hearts of many attendees at both the services. Among all of his great accomplishments, consciously living the last phase of his life was his best work and most profound contribution to fellow spiritual seekers.
Saddiq was initiated into the Sufi path by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in the 1960s. He was an ardent student of Sufism and world religions. He was also a frequent facilitator for the Universal Worship and Dances of Universal Peace at Rising Tide International and The Abode of the Message in New Lebanon, NY. Saddiq was known for his innovative approach to both the services which was welcomed by many attendees as refreshing and energizing.
Leading the Universal Worship was what Saddiq most cherished. He spent weeks to prepare for a service. Once he was assigned to lead UW on a certain date, he began to think of a theme of the service. It sometimes took him several days to receive an inspiration. Once he was certain of the theme, he explored it by reading holy texts, books, and articles while incorporating the theme into his daily one hour meditation. He took notes of resonating words from those texts, which easily filled the half of a legal pad. This phase of preparation lasted usually one week. He allocated three days prior to the service to brown rice diet and silent retreat. He strongly believed that leading the service like UW was a privilege and sacred task which should be taken seriously. He needed to purify his body and mind for the service. He always felt “spacey” after the three day purification diet and meditation. He finished off this preparation period by practicing Balinese warrior dance. It grounded him and firmed his presence in this earthly world. He did this dance ritual right before heading to the UW site.
Saddiq was also known as Indra in the field of Balinese temple dance. To learn about his contribution as a Balinese dancer, please visit;
In addition to his work as a Sufi sherag and Balinese dancer, Saddiq was a long time wholesale trader in exquisite collectibles and jewelry from Bali and other foreign lands. He hired dozens of carvers and jewelry makers in Bali and Dominican Republic. Not only did he contribute to his workers’ financial wellbeing, he also taught them work ethic, negotiation skills, and quality control. For many of his workers, Saddiq was a teacher before businessman. He also touched hearts of many fellow American wholesalers and retailers whom he interacted through his business. He did the best to live the teaching of Pir-o-Murshid, “Be in the world, but not of it.”
Anand Ashram Ubud
Jl.Sri Wedari Km.3 (600 meters after the Tegal Lantang Temple), Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Website: www.ubudashram.org Email: email@example.com
Phone: +62 822-3709-4865, +62 818-350-712