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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I asked men and women whether they preferred giving bracelets or necklaces as gifts. What I was surprised to learn was that men preferred giving necklaces as gifts while women loved bracelets, either by giving them or receiving them as gifts. The women questioned also said that they found that other girlfriends liked giving bracelets as gifts to other women. Questioning further why a man preferred giving a necklace to his favorite girlfriend, one young man responded by telling me he thought it was fairly obvious. He said, “Because I can easily see the necklace gift around the neck of my girlfriend, where I would have to take her arm to see my gift. The bracelet is not as easily seen.” This young man also added that a necklace worn around the neck of his favorite friend was intimate because the particular primary stone on the necklace might be placed on the pulse point of the neck or might just as easily descend into the blouse, giving rise to intimate and perhaps erotic thoughts. Women said that while they loved having necklaces as gifts, they bought bracelets as decorative items, which were beautiful to observe since they could easily look down at their arms throughout the day. They also mentioned that one could have many attractive and pleasing bracelets at affordable prices so that they could buy many for the price of perhaps one expensive necklace. Ma’s India also has many bracelets that can be purchased for reasons of affordability, attractiveness and spirituality.
Triloka’s Copper Power Bracelet (Braided) has been popular for medicinal purposes for more than 30 years. While Ma’s India makes no personal claims, folklore and anecdotal evidence has supported claims that copper alleviates symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Notwithstanding medical claims, this bracelet is very attractive both in price and design. 

Triloka’s Bodhi Seed & Turquoise (Light) bracelet) is an attractive piece of jewelry, which has a dual spiritual purpose as a mala. Grounding and centering, the turquoise bead in the center of this bracelet is unique in the richness and depth of its color. This turquoise bead, used in counting during meditation, will enhance your meditative efforts. 

I like Triloka’s Bodhi Seed Bracelet, both for its simplicity and because it is made of pure sandalwood from Southern India. The large bead represents the teacher or teachings and is called the Meru Bead named after the mystical mountain Meru. Sandalwood is calming, cooling and is one of the most spiritual scents to facilitate mediation, a fragrance that lasts for years.

The Om Namah Shivaya Cuff bracelet is magnificent. . It makes a powerful statement and its strength and purity make it a favorite of Shaivite devotees. You will surely remember to say your Om Namah Shivaya mantra while wearing this bracelet.

This Skull & Rosewood Bracelet is not only starkly reminiscent of the cremation grounds of Shaivite devotees, but a portion of the proceeds is donated to improve the lives of Tibetan children.

The Healing Clay Bone Bracelet is made from Yak bone and inlaid with coral and turquoise, which are well known to have healing qualities. This handcrafted bracelet can help the body balance its energy. 

The Rudraksha Bracelet with elastic wristband is another favorite of Shiva devotees as it represents Shiva’s tears as he gazes down upon humanity and sees their suffering. You join Shiva in compassionate awareness when you wear this bracelet.
If you are studying the subtleties of chakras, you will want the sterling silver Chakra Bracelet with seven semi-precious stones which is both beautiful and symbolic. During the day you can just call forth the energy of any one of your chakras by gazing at any one of these lovely stones. This bracelet is a true find.

Women, assert your spirituality and femininity, and buy these bracelets as gifts for yourself or your female friends because you deserve them!

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Malas – Buddhist and Hindu prayer beads have long been known as a necessary accompaniment to meditation. The more common and known prayer bead is of course to westerners and Catholics, the rosary. Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist malas are referred to as strings of prayers similar to the rosary and used during chanting and mediation. The word “mala” means “garland” or rosary in Sanskrit. As the lute player fingers his lute, so too the meditator counts his prayer beads. As one’s mind becomes fixed on counting and touching these prayer beads, one lifts one’s thoughts to transcendence and a stillness descends that hopefully transforms the meditator.

Buddha recommended the mala practice as a path to enlightenment for ordinary people. Skull Malas and bone malas and Buddhist prayer beads reflecting the eventual destruction of the body and the starkness of the self are typical of the Buddhist and Tibetan traditions. One’s consciousness becomes rooted into ancient origins and pivots the concept of self into one-pointed meditative awareness.

Malas are usually made from sandalwood or rosewood, or semiprecious stones such as turquoise and coral. Rosewood comes from an ancient tree symbolizing spiritual harmony, kindness and good will. Turquoise, added to prayer beads, cultivates healing, intuition and creativity. This mala promotes self-awareness and initiative and is known to be integrated into protection amulets in ancient cultures. Coral comes from the depth of the sea and reflects the organic wisdom of the ages. The Rosewood, Turquoise and Coral Neck Mala combines these extraordinary virtues and enhancements to meditation.

This unadorned Rosewood Mala is for the serious meditator. The organic simplicity of this rosewood mala stands in stark contrast to worldliness and brings the meditator into a single-pointed focus upon his or her mantra.

The Sandalwood Mala needs no praise. The sandalwood tree is said to scent the whole of paradise with its fragrance, imparting fragrance even to the blade that cuts it. Used in sacred ceremonies and to purify holy places, one needs only to smell the fragrance emitted from these, usually, Hindu prayer beads to bring one into contemplation of the soul. Myth and folklore alike say that sandalwood prayer beads were the malas of the gods.

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