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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sandalwood has long been an important accompaniment to religious and spiritual ritual. Sandalwood paste is integral to rituals and ceremonies, marking religious utensils and decorating the deity statues. After offering it to the specific deity in the ceremony, sandalwood is thereupon distributed to devotees who also apply to their forehead, neck or chest. It is the priests’ duty to prepare the paste since it is considered a duty fit only for the pure. It is actually quite arduous to prepare the sandalwood paste since it requires grinding pieces of the wood by hand upon granite slabs. Water is then added resulting in a thick paste.

The fragrance of sandalwood is quite captivating and resonant in spiritual overtones. It has been known to enlighten the spiritual mind of the devotee, providing concentration for mediation and prayer. When one smells this sandalwood fragrance, it is mythically thought to transport one to the heavens. In fact, sandalwood has been reputed to be the favorite of the gods. It has been used in oils, incense and perfume.

As shown below, sandalwood is also used for the purposes of treating many ailments, both homeopathically and allopathically.

This Tibetan Sandalwood and Turquoise bracelet is most artfully designed. It is rare to see a bracelet with such simplicity and elegance. The sandalwood beads are of an unusually large size, hardly seen in mala bracelets with a beautiful large turquoise bead acting as the guru bead. Both the turquoise stone and the sandalwood stones in the bracelet give an earthy and connected feeling. Strung with elastic renders this sandalwood bracelet easily accessible to counting for meditative purposes. Sandalwood comes from a small tree that grows primarily in India and Tibet. Wear this sandalwood bracelet to bring beauty, elegance and spirituality to your life. Blue Pearl Sandalwood Oil is very fine sandalwood oil. It is used for spiritual purposes such as oiling murtis and religious statues and some devotees or meditators use it as a perfume or scent on their person so that they may be reminded of their spiritual meditative life. We recall the original meaning of “blue pearl” as expressed by Swami Muktananda who indicated that when one sees this tiny blue light in meditation, they are seeing the form of the inner self. To experience this is the goal of life.

Alternative and medical uses of sandalwood are for treatment of problems relating to the urinary tract, as tonic for stimulating the immune system and for the treatment of chronic bronchitis. It can also be topically applied for acne, chapped lips and dry skin. The aroma of sandalwood oil is used to treat depression, tension and stress. Sandalwood oil also blends well with frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh and clary sage.

Burning these Sandalwood Incense Cones is similar to ringing a bell to call one’s god or goddess to their meditation. Used to enhance deep, contemplative states, sandalwood is considered to be the most popularly burned incense for meditation. One needs only to smell a whiff of the sandalwood fragrance to be called to a deep meditative state. The fragrance of these sandalwood incense cones are particularly pungent and resonant.

Sandalwood scent is believed to transform one’s desires and maintain a person’s alertness while in meditation.

Chandrika Sandalwood Soap contains the newly popular coconut oil with extracts from sandalwood fragrance. Unlike conventional soap products, this Chandrika sandalwood soap gently moisturizes as it cleanses and will not irritate the skin. It is a gentle emollient and in fact conditions and smoothes the skin. This scented sandalwood soap is very popular for those desiring not to have harmful additives in their cleansing products.

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