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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Energy medicine has been on the incline since the 1980’s. Books about various forms of energy healing have abounded. Massage, acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, crystals and gemstones, among a few therapies, have confirmed and attested to the fact that healing is not just by administering drugs to somebody on a symptomatic basis, but requires looking at the patient as a whole person affected by the vibratory elements of the herb or healing method applied. Rather than just giving symptomatic treatment to a particular malaise as it arises, the patient is treated in a holistic manner, investigating the myriad aspects and foundation of that person’s illness. Interest has also been focused on using crystal pendants and gemstones to affect a person’s energy in a particular manner. Because of the transparent quality of many gemstones, it is felt that they can transmute and transform a person’s energy in a significant manner by placing the particular gemstone on the person’s chakras or body parts. Changes in mood and lifestyle have been reported as a result of the particular crystal pendant or gemstone. Thus, gemstone energy medicine has come of age. Ma’s India carries a number of extraordinary pieces of gemstones and crystals that might facilitate health, mental improvement and spiritual upliftment to those interested in holistic healing and awakening.

Shiva Lingam & Om Pendant, made of basalt rock, is of volcanic origin. This ancient symbol of spirituality lends primitive power and spiritual energy to anyone who wears this stone. This gemstone, wrapped with sterling silver, is a handsome and powerful totem.

Amethyst Pendant

is a widely known and coveted gemstone. Heralding back to ancient times, it was described by Moses as a symbol of the Spirit of God. Bringing good fortune, driving out negativity and inspiring the intellect, this gemstone is reflective of the third eye and used by meditators to direct their third eye to one-pointed concentration.

Black Tourmaline Pendant is one of the most protective of crystals and gemstones. This gemstone centers and grounds energy, forming a protective barrier against all forms of subtle negative energy. Black tourmaline gemstone also promotes a very decisive energy, which dispels illusions and provokes immediate action.

Bloodstone Pendant is called the martyr’s gemstone because it was often used to carve scenes of the crucifixion and martyrs. According to legend, it was first formed when drops of Christ’s blood fell and stained some jasper at the foot of the cross. Even today, finely pulverized bloodstone is used as a medicine in India. Treasured in ancient times, it served as a long time as the birthstone for March. Carnelian Pendant is a protective and reassuring gemstone. This gemstone has been used as a healing agent for purification of the blood, relief of menstrual cramps and back pain. Folklore has also suggested this gemstone as a treatment for infertility. Carnelian gemstone is also considered a symbol of beauty.
Hematite Pendant can improve relationships as well as protecting and grounding energy. This gemstone also has been known to bolster the confidence of timid people and boost self esteem. Green Jade Pendant has been reputed to attract love, bring money and prosperity to the wearer and protect people from accidents and misfortune. This gemstone may also assist in self-healing and balancing the heart chakra.
Fluorite Pendant is said to absorb and neutralize negative vibrations. This gemstone can make one more receptive to the vibrations of other stones. Fluorite should be kept in every room of the home.  Rose Quartz Pendant is a delicate pink gemstone initiating a deep purification of the emotions, thus helping release limitations to happiness, romance and love. This gemstone has long been a favorite for those interested in centering heart energy. Pendants and gemstones make wonderful gifts since they are so individually crafted to fit the particular recipient and reflect the good wishes of the giver. May healing occur with any gemstone that you choose!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Shiva means “Auspicious One” and is also known as Rudra, the “Feared One.” He is silent in his presentation as the contemplative Shiva and fierce in his incarnation as Rudra. In the tradition of Hinuism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God, and those who worship him are known as Shaivites.

One of the most interesting things is that Shiva is represented in so many different forms. He sits as a contemplative on the Banks of the Ganga and on top of Mount Kailash or dances as Nataraj, the Dancing Shiva, upon the Goddess Maya, the demon of ignorance. An even simpler form of Shiva is the Shiva lingham, an esoteric representation of Shiva. To the devotees, the Shiva lingham represents the last form to be seen before dissolving into the arms of God. 

A beautiful God, Shiva is usually pictured with his eyes half closed with the River Ganga wrapped in his hair, carrying a trident. Sometimes he is depicted with a Third Eye with which he burns desire. Known as the “one with matted hair,”Shiva smears his body with ash, thus symbolizing his connection to the cremation grounds. This connection to the cremation grounds attracts a fierce and ascetic devotion amongst Shiva’s followers.

It is also mythologized that Shiva wrapped the Ganga in his hair so that when the Ganga took incarnation, she would not flood and destroy the world. A deeper symbolism would be that Shiva is entwined with the beautiful Goddess Ganga and together with her, watches over humanity,keeping it foremost in his mind even while deep in contemplation.

A lesser known and most powerful aspect of Shiva is that he took the lowly form of Hanuman so that in that incarnation, he presents not just a lofty, detached form of God, but humility in the form of the lowly monkey. However, in this form of Hanuman, Shiva does not lose his fierceness and in fact Hanuman, now known as Bhajarangi Hanuman, is shown carrying the mountain as he travels to save Sita from the evil Ravenna.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva represent the three aspects of the Divine: Brahma, the creator, Vishnu as the maintainer or preserver, and Shiva as the destroyer. It is believed that if Shiva were to put his foot down in his form as Nataraj, the world would be destroyed.

The question arises as to how one might pray to any of these triune forms. Would one pray to Brahma for help in creating, to Vishnu for preservation and maintenance of one’s life or to Shiva, for change or transformation of one’s life in a drastic, tumultuous fashion? It is comforting to know that as one progresses upon the spiritual life, one may reach out to any one of these Gods for help on their path, such is the wisdom and compassion of the Hindu religions for their devotees. There is no fundamentalism and one is encouraged to pray to any God one wishes. They await your prayers. Om Namah Shivaya!

For these and more Shiva books and statues visit Ma’s India Spiritual Gifts.

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