Through the end of October: 10% of all Element Mala sales will be donated to Hurricane Maria and earthquake recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico via Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund (www.hispanicfederation.org)
Aranyani: Goddess of the Forest and Animals Within It
In Hinduism, Aranyani is a goddess of the forests and the animals that dwell within them. Aranyani has the distinction of having one of the most descriptive hymns in the Rigveda dedicated to her, in which she is described as being elusive, fond of quiet glades in the jungle, and fearless of remote places. In the hymn, the supplicant entreats her to explain how she wanders so far from the fringe of civilization without becoming afraid or lonely. She wears anklets with bells, and though seldom seen, she can be heard by the tinkling of her anklets. She is also described as a dancer. Her ability to feed both man and animals though she 'tills no lands' is what the supplicant finds most marvellous. Her worship has declined in modern-day Hinduism, and it is rare to find a temple dedicated to Aranyani.
This mala necklace is part of our Earth Collection. This traditional Tibetan mala has 108 beads, plus 3 marker beads (not to be counted in meditation), and a guru bead and silk tassel. This particular mala is comprised of Aromatic Sandalwood, with African Turquoise marker beads and Azurite-Malachite guru bead. The tassel is 100% spun silk in variegated shades of green. This necklace has been strung with Brown color Nylon thread for its strength and durability, especially important when working with natural stones, as their hard edges can sometimes rub against and weaken other threads such as cotton or silk. All of our malas are hand-knotted between each bead, which protects your beads should the necklace ever break. It also helps alleviate potential damage caused by beads rubbing against each other.
Note: This mala is available in two different sizes, with 6mm or 8mm stones. Please select size during checkout.
Natural Stone Properties
All of our malas are made with genuine high quality semi-precious stones that each carry their own special and specific energetic properties to help you attract or overcome certain feelings, thoughts and emotions. This mala's properties include:
Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent. Grown in Asia and East India, Sandalwood was originally used at funeral ceremonies, its scent believed to the soul into the next life. The aroma — which retains its fragrance for decades — comes from the wood itself rather than the leaves or flowers. The warm soothing scent of sandalwood helps the mind to unwind and helps open the heart to love. In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Sandalwood is believed to enhance trust and self-identity. In the Ayurvedic healing tradition, it promotes energy and enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life. You can use the healing aroma of sandalwood to promote feelings of peace and serenity and also to ease various ailments of the digestive system. It subdues aggression and irritability, promotes compassion and openness and enhances meditation.
Though it might sound like a form of turquoise, African Turquoise is its own unique stone. A teal, speckled form of jasper, African Turquoise offers quite different qualities and energies. Considered the stone of evolution, African Turquoise brings about great change and transformation within life. Its encouraging energy opens minds to the possibility of newness. This stone helps us to see the need for development and metamorphosis, and provides the balance and confidence necessary to further the process of self-development. It will renew your spirit, energy, and path in life. Carry it with you, and you will feel its reassurance as you meet new possibilities. African Turquoise resonates within the Third Eye, leading its bearer to greater wisdom. The stone awakens our spiritual bodies to their intended highest purpose, sharing knowledge of those long past to guide us on during periods of change and growth. It initiates the pathway to a clear, focused mind. Those who seek direction to their highest inner self will benefit from African Turquoise, as it is a crucial tool in the work of broadening and strengthening all bodies while we grow.
Azurite, named for its deep "azure blue" color, is a copper carbonate mineral found in the upper oxidized portions of copper ore. Azurite is often found in nature mixed with Malachite, another copper carbonate mineral, this one with a bright green color. Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants. Together, in polished form, they resemble Mother Earth and carry not only their individual properties, but a powerful blend of healing energies. Azurite-Malachite is an exceptional conductor of energy, bringing a grounded, more integrated process in healing physical dis-ease. The blue ray penetrates and moves energy, calming stress levels within the system while the green ray facilitates a deep healing force. It may also be used to activate the Third Eye in cleansing the subconscious of emotionally charged thoughts or negative feelings, and restoring a higher and clearer mental state. It assists in dissolving egocentric traits, dispelling conceit, arrogance and vanity, and instills a willingness toward flexibility and individuality based on a universal connection to “All.” Azurite-Malachite’s combination of energies is highly conducive to meditation by allowing one to go deep within the self, without fear, in order to be sustained, absolved, and reborn into the light, completely aware of the genesis at all times.
With the constant overstimulation of our minds and the stress of everyday life, it's easy to get swept up in the chaos and forget how to be present. It's so tempting to waste our mental energy agonizing over the mistakes of our past, or worrying about the implications of the future. The only way to avoid these distractions is to be.
To practice mindfulness, simply, is to practice being- truly being- in moments as they are. When we challenge ourselves to be present, it brings our mind and body into alignment, and it becomes easier to let go of worry. Bringing your focus to your breath, feeling the air as it fills your lungs, and acknowledging and appreciating your surroundings is mindfulness in its purest state. Mindfulness involves a deep connection between soul and body. By bringing these two into harmony, we can find a stillness- stillness from which we can derive peace.
What are mala beads?
Malas are necklaces that are traditionally used in a form of meditation called Japa, found in Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. When practicing Japa, one recites a mantra (either vocally or internally) 108 times. The number 108 holds a great amount of significance in many aspects of Buddhist culture, including the section of the Lankavatara sutra in which Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions, the 108 earthly temptations to overcome in search of Nirvana, and the 108 feelings it is believed a person can experience.
Traditional Tibetan malas have 108 beads, as well as three marker beads and a guru bead. The marker beads are not counted in the meditation, and are usually made from a different material than the others to introduce a tactile difference and assist the user in tracking their progress while meditating. The 109th stone, referred to as the guru bead, or sumeru, represents the relationship between student and teacher. Traditionally, meditations are started to the left side of the sumeru, with the beads held between the thumb and either the middle or ring finger. The index finger should be extended outwards, as it represents ego. Working clockwise, the user recites their mantra once on each bead, completing the meditation on the other side of the sumeru. It is important to note that the sumeru should not be crossed over during the course of meditation.
These beads are not intended to get wet. If they are submerged in water, the tassel may begin to unravel slightly, or the organic materials, such as wood beads or seeds, may fade or change colors.
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