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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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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

When I grew up in the 40’s and 50’s, certain jeweled ornaments worn around the neck were mainly called “lockets.” I don’t recall those pieces of memorabilia designated as “pendants.” They occupied a special sentimental place in your heart and upon your person. When you touched them, you would feel that special close contact with whomever’s picture was safely ensconced in such locket or pendant. In these lockets could be found locks of hair, pictures of your most beloved parent, sibling or other relative; or if you were especially lucky, a picture of a favorite saint. In the 1970’s I remember a friend of mine whose ashes were consecrated in a specially made locket which some of us wore around our necks to commemorate our special friendship with this man.

Nowadays deity pendants such as those displayed in Ma’s India, have similar purposes, but the picture of the beloved is on the outside for all to see. These deity pendants have multipurpose uses. Some deity pendants might be considered merely ornamental as with jewelry.

Some deity pendants are considered amulets for self-protection. The Kali Pendant Necklace is one such deity pendant. Consuming demons that represent the ego, one need not be afraid of anything with Kali.

Another deity pendant represented might be the Shiva Necklace (painted) beautifully encased in pewter. This powerful God sitting in deep meditation upon Mount Kailash sits firmly against evil and those who would distract him from a peaceful and solitary contemplation.

Another feminine deity pendant representative of a protective amulet would be the Durga Deity pendant. Durga is another representation of Kali but seen as less fierce to those who know nothing about her. In reality, she is as fierce as Kali but with a different visage to hide her true identity from those who might not take her seriously. Durga is the true Mother of all the goddesses and on her deity pendant is pictured standing supreme upon her lion above all others.

Some who wish to use the deity pendants as mere ornaments, might consider the Lakshmi Resin Deity Pendant and the Saraswati Resin Pendant, both stately in faux marble resin, although when one is a true student of the Hindu goddesses, one sees that although they are worshipped for prosperity and the arts, these goddesses are just as capable of fierceness and protection. One might also consider the colorful and feminine Painted Lakshmi Deity Pendant as another choice.

For those who wish to cultivate the attributes of Ganesh, may we suggest Ganesh Pendant Necklace in sterling silver as their deity pendant, a powerful invocation of the Great God Ganesh. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles and is the fierce representation of loyalty. When one chooses Ganesh as her protector in a deity pendant, it is as if a whole army has come to her aid.

And of course, for those who wish to call upon Ganesh’s equally as fierce trusted humble ally, there is the Hanuman Necklace (painted) deity pendant, showing this representation of humility and perseverance, beautifully and stylistically encased in pewter.

For those desiring to follow the feminine Christian path in choosing a deity pendant, there is the saintly St. Therese of Avila Necklace who in 1970 was finally honored for her work in founding a convent and order of nuns and the Guadalupe Pendant beautifully rendered in faux white resin marble.

Whatever deity pendant you choose, there can be no mistake if one follows the yearnings of the heart.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The word rudraksha comes from the ancient Sanskrit words, “Rudra” and “Aksha.” Rudra is a more fierce aspect of Shiva and “aksha” means teardrop. Hindu tales speak of Shiva, the great contemplative mystic, looking down at humanity and crying true tears of compassion. In that moment, the rudraksha tree was created. When one visits India, it is not unusual to see many of the inhabitants wearing a rudraksha bead in the form of a necklace, bracelet or pendant.

The rudraksha bead is said to possess mystical and divine qualities. The necklaces which can be very short or extremely long consisting of many rudrakshas are worn by devotees and sadhus. In fact, in the jungles, one can see various sadhus wearing nothing but their loincloths and their rudrakshas. In Benares, the religious devotees are burned in a simple cloth unadorned except for their rudrakshas. Belief is that one who wears the rudraksha is untouched by sins and thus protected from all impure thoughts or deeds. For thousands of years, rudrakshas have adorned the bodies of saints and sages in their quest for enlightenment and liberation.

In accordance with the Ayurvedic system, wearing rudrakshas can have positive effects on the heart and nerves and relieve persons from stress, anxiety, palpitations, and lack of concentration. Known for its anti-aging effect and electro-magnetic properties, there is some anecdotal evidence that people with blood pressure problems benefit from the rudraksha.

This attractive Rudraksha Mala with Tassel has 108 rudrakshas. Why the number 108? Hindu mythology has it that there are 108 Hindu deities and each deity has 108 names. In truth, at the heart of many religions and astrology as well, there is always some reference to the spiritual number 108 in their beliefs. The number 108 is also thought of as the number at which, when doing recitation of mantra, one comes to a quiet and concentrated place within their mind. Thus, it is customary when reciting a new mantra, that one counts at least 108 times at each sitting.

At its center is what is known as the Guru bead. As you start counting your rudrakshas, when one approaches the Guru bead again, one skips over the Guru bead and begins to count backwardly over the rudrakshas to the number 108. To secure the beads, traditional knotting between the beads has been added.

This Rudraksha Bead Pendant, coming from a rudraksha tree in India, carries the Om symbol, bringing together two spiritual symbols: one of devotion and compassion from the rudraksha and one of remembrance and silence with the Om sound. The contrast of the silver Om with the rudraksha is quite striking and noticeable and you may wear it with a cord or silver necklace around your neck. It is a remembrance for you how the Great God Shiva reached into his heart of compassion and felt for humanity. These days wearing a rudraksha mala, bracelet or pendant almost seems like a necessity so that our prayers may go out into the world and our compassion reach the hearts of man.

This Rudraksha Bead Bracelet is extremely popular because of the small and rare size of the rudrakshas. It is attractively worn around the wrist and will receive much notice. It is then that you may convey to people the story of Shiva and his undying love for humanity, most noticeably that he took the form of Hanuman to show his humility and compassion. As you shake hands with others or reach out to feed someone who is underprivileged, you are in effect reaching out with the hands of Shiva and doing his work. The rudraksha is a symbol of extended kindness and service. You may remove and put it on easily with the elastic.

May the Holiness and Benevolence of Shiva bless you as your wear his tears of compassion!!

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