Gemstones and Crystals To Balance Your Ayurvedic Dosha

Ayurvedic Dosha Gemstones

Ayurveda is an ancient type of natural healing that was founded in India over 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda is based on the belief that imbalances in your body, energy, and environment can trigger diseases. Using therapies like herbs, massage, diet, and lifestyle changes, Ayurveda aims to regain the equilibrium in the mind, spirit, body, and environment to promote health, healing, and wellness. Luckily, different healing crystals and gemstones can be used with Ayurvedic principles to rejuvenate your body and create a harmonious life.

What Are the Doshas?

Ayurveda and yoga describe three primary mind-body-energy constitutions, named doshas. Each person is made up of a combination of the doshas, with one dosha being prevalent. Your dominant dosha can affect everything from your body shape to your skin health, to your sleep. The three Doshas are pitta, Vata, and Kapha. Each dosha controls one or two of the five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth.

What is your Ayurvedic Dosha?
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Pitta Dosha

Pitta means “that which cooks,” and its associated elements are Fire and Water. Pitta’s qualities are oily, sharp, hot, light, moving, liquid, and acidic.

When out of balance, pitta dosha is prone to short tempers, rage, inflammation. Signs of pitta dosha imbalances mainly appear on the eyes, liver, skin, brain, or gastrointestinal tract. You may experience the following signs when your Pitta gets out of balance:

  • Acidity
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • High sensitivity to heat
  • Excessive hunger or thirst
  • Skin rashes

Vata dosha

Vata translates to “that which moves things,” and its associated element is Wind. The qualities of Vata are lightness, spontaneity, expressiveness, intelligence, and creativity.

When out of balance, Vata dosha is prone to anger, anxiety, nervous energy, insomnia, and overthinking. You may experience the following signs when your Vata gets out of balance:

  • Rough and dry skin
  • Dehydration
  • Constipation
  • Distention and gas formation in the abdomen
  • General body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Low vitality
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Fear and confusion

Kapha Dosha

Kapha means “that which sticks,” and its associated elements are Earth and Water. The qualities of Kapha dosha are stability, softness, cool, calmness, loving, caring, and affectionate.

When out of balance, Kapha dosha is prone to weight gain, depression, lethargy, coughs, sinus congestion, and water retention. You may experience the following signs when your Kapha gets out of balance:

  • Excessive amounts of mucous
  • High body weight
  • Excessive sleep
  • Nausea
  • Sinusitis
  • Possessiveness
  • Drowsiness
  • Oversleeping

Crystals and Gemstones to Balance Pitta Dosha

Larimar

Larimar is a deeply soothing crystal that helps to cool down your tempers, relieve stress, dispel fears, and calms an overactive body and mind. This Water element stone helps to cool hot tempers and can transform excessive passion into inner peace. Further, Larimar naturally raises consciousness, improves communication, alleviates guilt, and removes fear.

Moonstone

Moonstone soothes emotional instability, reduces stress, and eliminates short tempers. It also gives you feelings of acceptance and tranquility to eliminate feelings of failure and setbacks. Moonstone promotes intuition, balance, inner growth, and strength.

Blue Lace Agate

Blue lace agate soothes your over-reactive mind and body, relieve stress, and maintains calmness. You get a sense of peace as it eradicates fiery emotions and enhances your circulatory system.

Other gems that help balance Pitta are amethyst, blue sapphire, pearl, diamonds, celestite, aquamarine, amethyst, purple agate, and lapis lazuli, rose quartz, morganite, and opal.

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Crystals and Gemstones to Balance Vata Dosha

Howlite 

Howlite is a powerful calming and soothing gemstone that is excellent to use for meditation. It will promote patience and wisdom, calm an overactive mind, ease insomnia, promote sleep, reduce anger, and decrease stress.

Tree Agate

Tree Agate brings mental calmness, inner peace, and patience to give you stability and groundedness. This stone of abundance and protection facilitates meditation and prayer. It also promotes determination and the ability to see difficulties as a challenge and a lesson.

Moss Agate

Moss Agate gives you ample mental and emotional stability, especially if you are susceptible to mood swings. This healing stone encourages patience and calm, helps release fear and stress, and promotes trust and hope.

Other gems that help to balance Vata are aquamarine, ruby, garnet, yellow sapphire, peridot, emerald, topaz, yellow calcite, citrine, pyrite, jade, green aventurine, and onyx.

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Gemstones That Balance Kapha Dosha

Tiger’s eye

Tiger’s eye is a stone of courage that unlocks potential, passion, and new beginnings. It motivates you to indulge in new projects with great determination and belief in yourself.

Rhodochrosite

The Rhodochrosite brings inner peace, joy, and enables you to unleash your inner passion. It lets you feel exuberant and spontaneous with a sense of independence. Further, it’s a symbol of empathy and selfless love.

Fire-Opal

Fire-Opal brings passion to your heart and stimulates positivity. The crystal encourages you to continue progressing in life while pushing you to make positive changes. It’s also a seductive stone that intensifies your emotional state.

Other gems that help to balance Kapha are ruby, garnet, blue sapphire, red jasper, carnelian, orange calcite, pyrite, fire agate, chrysocolla, turquoise, and cat’s eye.

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Mala of the Month™ for October

Autumn is the season for inner alchemy – our soul’s journey towards integration and wholeness. This search for the gold inside of ourselves requires us to travel to the deep dark places to find and integrate our shadow side. Throughout history the end of October and beginning of November was seen as a time when physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen, and many different cultures have festivals at this time of year honoring and praying for the dead.

Our Tourmalated Quartz and Bone Mala will be the most powerful mala to invoke the power of the alchemist and to bring the shadow into conscious awareness. These carved skull beads are reminiscent of the necklace of skulls that the Goddess Kali wears symbolizing liberation, knowledge and wisdom. Kali is known as a fierce destroyer of evil and the ego, but is also considered a compassionate mother and great protector. She is considered the mother of all mantras.

The best mantra to expose and transform our shadow side is:
Om Sri Maha Kalikayai Namah
Translation: Oh great mother of protection and destruction, I bow to you. May you bless me with liberation, knowledge and wisdom, and remove all evil from my path.

For the month of October take 20% off our Tourmalated Quartz and Bone Malas with coupon code: MOTM-OCT

The Top 9 Tools for Meditation


meditation tools

Meditation has powerful health effects on the body and mind. It can decrease stress, promote mindfulness. Practicing meditation for the first time (or the thousandth time) can be challenging, frustrating, and intimidating. There are several tools that can support and help you create success in meditation. Acquiring one or more meditation tools can increase your comfort, strengthen your focus, deepen your inner peace, and improve your success at meditating.

What are meditation tools?

You don’t actually need any tools or equipment to practice meditation. But a meditation tool is an instrument that can make your meditation a little easier, more comfortable, and more powerful. Most meditation tools have evolved from their ancient form in terms of material, style, and fashion. Their function remains the same—to help you be more successful in meditation by reducing distractions and increase focus and concentration.

The nine best meditation tools

1. Meditation cushion

Sitting on top of a meditation cushion or zafu will make your meditation practice much more comfortable while sitting. These cushions and pillows are specifically designed to ease the strain in your knees and low back. Using a cushion helps you to sit up tall and maintain the stillness of the body, which will allow you to sit for a longer period with fewer distractions. Using a meditation cushion will deepen your focus and concentration, allowing for a more powerful spiritual experience.

There are many different shapes, styles, and types of meditation cushions to choose from. A traditional zen zafu is often paired with a larger floor cushion called a zabuton that provides padding for your knees. We recommend purchasing one with a zipper so you can adjust the filling to better support your body.

2. Meditation bench

A meditation bench is also a tool designed to make meditation more comfortable when sitting in Hero pose or Japanese style. The bench is designed to remove pressure on the knees and to sit up tall with a long spine. Most benches will have folding legs to make these meditation tools easy to store and transport.

3. Tibetan Singing Bowl, bell or gong

Ringing a bell at the start and end of your meditation practice helps to clears your space of negative energy and to bring your awareness to the present moment. The sacred sound of a singing bowl, bell, or gong encourages your mind to quickly shift from the business of the day to the calm of your meditation space. The sounds of these meditation instruments create a calming and tranquil atmosphere to support your practice. Look for a Tibetan singing bowl, meditation chime, or gong with a tone that will encourage your body to let go, relax, and become absorbed within the sound. Striking or ringing one of these meditation instruments at the start and end of your practice also serves as a sacred ritual to support your meditation.

4. Meditation Altar

Altars are universally present in almost all cultures and religions. Creating an altar is helpful as it provides a symbol of your intentions, goals for your meditation practice. An altar can be a potent tool to cultivate inspiration, motivation, and dedication. A meditation altar typically contains candles, incense, fresh flowers, and photos or statues of deities. You can also add anything else that helps support your practice like inspirational quotes, crystals, or photos of loved ones.

5. Meditation Shawl

A meditation shawl is usually made from a natural fiber like silk or cotton. These can be simple solid colors or have printed patterns of mantras and deities.  The fabric used in a meditation shawl should be soft and comfortable. The body tends to get cold when still for long periods of time, so wrapping a meditation shawl around you will provide warmth and comfort. A shawl can also help hold the energy of your practice inside of you instead of dissipating in the room.

6. Meditation Music

If your meditation space has any auditory distractions playing some soft instrumental music can be a powerful tool to support your meditation. Make sure that the music you’ve chosen will give you a calm mind. Choose very simple music that has a drone and minimal instruments for the best effect. Another option is to use a white noise machine. Some of these small devices have up to 26 different sounds you can select from.

7. Incense or Essential Oil Diffuser

Lighting Incense is a way to welcome in positive spiritual energy into your meditation space. Likewise, it is also a way of clearing any negativity within your space. Incense is made from a combination of essential oils and ground spices and is usually purchased as sticks or cones. The lighting of incense at the start of your meditation practice creates a powerful ritual to set the tone for your practice.

If you do not like the smoke of incense, then you can use an essential oil diffuser instead. There are specific essential oils that help to increase focus and clear the mind like peppermint, ylang-ylang, sweet orange, rosemary, and lemon.

8. Candles

Focusing on the flame of a lighted candle helps you to clear your mind and increases your ability to focus. Candles can symbolize our inner light and luminous wisdom. You may find it helpful to visualize using the light of the candle as a guide through the darkness of ignorance and confusion towards the truth.

9. Mala Beads

A mala is the Hindu or Buddhist form of prayer beads, and these can be made as a necklace of 108 beads or a bracelet of 27 beads. They are an incredibly useful tool for mantra meditation, but they can also be used in other types of meditation. There are several different ways to use mala meditation beads. They are mostly used to count the number of times you have recited a mantra, but they can also be used to count the number of breaths during meditation. The semi-precious gemstones used in the mala beads can also help calm and focus the mind.

The Meaning and Power Of Om Namah Shivaya

Meaning Of Om Namah Shivaya

It is hard to think of a more famous, recognizable, and powerful Sanskrit mantra than “Om Namah Shivaya.” It has been in use for thousands of years, and it is an essential form of devotion to the Shaivism sect of Hinduism. The vibration of this mantra activates pure consciousness and resonates with your highest Self. Repeating this mantra with concentration, awareness, and devotion will allow you to manifest your inner truths, purify your energy system, and cultivate deep states of meditation. This mantra has a multitude of meanings, has profound metaphysical implications, and can bestow many sweet blessings.

Translation of Om Namah Shivaya

This mantra is often translated as “adoration to Shiva,” “I bow to Shiva” or “I bow to the inner self.” Om Namah Shivaya is also referred to as the five-syllable mantra or Panchakshara mantra because it has five syllables (Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya) that are preceded by the Om or Aum. The five syllables represent the five elements of earth (Na), water (Ma), fire (Shi), air or wind (Va), and space or sky (Ya).

Shiva is one of the three principal deities of Hinduism that rules over the energy of transformation. He represents the enlightened path of yoga and is said to help his devotees overcome worldly passions such as greed, anger, and lust. Shiva is depicted as a blue-skinned renunciate Yogi, who is most often in deep meditation on top of Mount Kailash.

Let’s look at the symbolic meaning of the chant in more detail. It is helpful to translate and discuss each word in this mantra separately.

  • Om/Aum – Before the universe came into existence, there was a vibrationless emptiness of pure existence. The vibration that came from this emptiness started the world, which is referred to as Om. This is considered a bija or seed mantra that gives a boost of power and energy to the remainder of the mantra.
  • Namah – This translates to bow, pray, or honor. It is a form of respect, homage, and adoration to the energy of Shiva.
  • Shivaya – This is a variant of the word Shiva. This can refer to the inner self and universal consciousness. It can also call upon one or more of Shiva’s known traits and qualities.
Underlying this mantra is a great secret. As we chant the five syllables Namah Shivaya, the five elements that comprise the body are purified. Each syllable purifies its corresponding element. As long as the body and the mind are not completely pure, we cannot fully benefit from our spiritual practice. Therefore, we repeat Om Namah Shivaya to help cleanse them.Paramahamsa Muktanandaji

Mantra History

The Om Namah Shivaya mantra goes back to thousands of years. It first appears in the eighth hymn of Namakam in Taittiriya Samhita of Krishna Yajurveda (without the starting Om). It is considered the king of mantras in the Siddha Yoga lineage.

Panchakshara Mantra Benefits

If this chant is practiced properly and deeply, it bestows deep spiritual experiences and even supernatural gifts (boons). Repeating the Panchakshara mantra can bring inner peace, clarity, and inner strength. This mantra can also boost energy, remove the fear of the unknown, and motivates one to attain enlightenment. Practicing this mantra regularly during yoga sessions can bring you close to the divine inner nature that is within us.

How to practice

Om Namah Shivaya is a powerful mantra so it is advised to only chant the mantra during meditation or similar spiritual practices. Make sure you practice with a long tall spine to allow the energy to flow freely through your body. Focus your attention on the crown chakra, especially when chanting the Om part of the mantra. Using a set of mala beads is recommended, and rudraksha beads are especially significant to Shiva. You can time the repetition of the mantra three separate ways with the breath:

  1. Chant “Om Namah Shivaya” on each inhale and exhale.
  2. Chant “Om” on each inhale, “Namah” on the exhale, “Shivaya” on the inhale, and hold the next exhale in silence.
  3. Chant each of the six syllables of the mantra with each inhale or exhale.

Crystals and Gemstones to Heal Grief and Help Cope With Loss

Heal Grief and Cope With Loss

The difficult and unexpected emotions that arise in the grieving process can be challenging and overwhelming. Coping with the loss of someone or something you love is an individual process yet it usually goes through five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.) Love, forgiveness, acceptance, and kindness are important traits to cultivate during the grieving process. There are several gemstones that can help activate these energies and also support the process of letting go. While these healing stones can support you through grief, they should not be used as a substitute for speaking to a therapist, grief counselor, or other qualified health professional.

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is a stone of calm, trust, and tranquility. This stone of transformation and transition cultivates and enhances self-love, patience, peace, acceptance, and optimism. The nurturing, stabilizing, and balancing energy of Lepidolite is helpful when grief causes mood swings and life feels chaotic. When things feel dark and bleak, lepidolite can provide comfort and help renew your sense of confidence, purpose, and optimism.

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Sugilite

Sugilite is known to strengthen the heart, aid physical healing, and reduce stress. This nurturing stone encourages peace of mind, forgiveness, wisdom, courage, and unconditional love. Sugilite’s ability to create positive energy and to help overcome negative emotions makes this an excellent stone to use in times of grief and sadness.

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Amethyst

Amethyst is said to cure impatience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos, promote clarity, and help keep one grounded. This healing stone calms and soothes the mind and emotions and can provide protection through times of grieving and loss. Amethyst activates the crown chakra to help purify the mind and remove negative thought patterns.

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Black Onyx

Onyx is purported to help eliminate apathy, stress, and negative thinking. This powerful protection stone is known to absorb and transform negative energies and thoughts. It can also help boost emotional and physical strength and stamina, especially in times of stress, confusion, or grief.

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Smoky Quartz

Smoky quartz relieves stress, fear, anger, and other negative emotions and transforms them into positive energies. This grounding stone is comforting and calming and can protect you from absorbing negative energies. Smoky Quartz is an excellent stone to help soothe emotional and physical pain.

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Rose Quartz

Rose quartz gently opens the heart chakra to all forms of love and is believed to remove fears, resentments, emotional wounds, and anger. This stone of forgiveness, compassion, comfort, peace, and unconditional love will help you release the grief and suffering caused by loss.

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Larimar

Larimar promotes a deep meditative state and cultivates peace, tranquility, clarity, healing, patience, joy, and acceptance. This soothing and nurturing stone helps reduce fear, hurt, trauma, and depression. Larimar can nurture the heart chakra and cultivate the strength and courage to speak from the heart.

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Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a powerful heart chakra stone that heals the physical and emotional heart. This energizing and balancing stone cultivates inner-peace, compassion, kindness, tolerance, joy, self-love, self-forgiveness, and passion. Rhodochrosite can help transform negative thoughts into positive ones, heal grief, and release feelings of loss.

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Rhodonite

Rhodonite activates the heart chakra to assist in attracting love and discovering one’s inner gifts and life passions. This strongly emotionally balancing stone grounds negative energies soothes the nervous system and heals emotional wounds. Rhodonite is an emotional healing stone that can calm emotional shocks and bring one back to one’s center during stressful times.

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Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline activates the heart chakra to inspire trust, attract love, cultivate compassion, and connect with Universal Love. This nurturing stone balances emotions reduces anxiety, promotes happiness, and heals emotional wounds. Pink Tourmaline is an uplifting stone that promotes relaxation, security, and comfort.

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The 11 Most Popular Hindu Deities

Popular Hindu Deities

Learning about the legends and iconography of the many Hindu gods is interesting and inspiring. The ancient captivating Indian epics describe the spiritual and material powers of the many of the popular Devas and Devis, whose names are invoked in sacred Sanskrit mantras. You do not have to belive these deities are real or be a Hindu to benefit from invoking these names in your japa practice. By attaining a deeper understanding of these deities, we can choose and use mantras for meditation with greater skill, dedication, and power.

Hinduism is a religion that believes in one supreme being–Brahman–who is the originator of the universe. The array of supporting gods and goddesses is organized in a multi-tier system.  Below Brahman sits Vishnu (the sustainer and ruler of balance) and Shiva (the ruler of peace and transformer of worlds). These three create a holy Trimurti triad that governs over the remainder of the deities. These gods and goddesses are represented holding different power objects and weapons and are often paired with an animal friend or mount. These symbols, along with other items they wear and how they are physically depicted, are all important in describing the function, purpose, power, and potency of each deity.

The 11 Most popular Hindu Deities

While there are 33 Million deities in Hinduism, only a handful have unique and complex personalities that are considered the major figures of devotion. Several of these are also singularly worshiped by the followers of Vaishnavism, Shaivism, and Shaktism. We have narrowed down the list of deities to the eleven most popular and renowned in India and abroad. Most yogis will have one or two favorite deities that they resonate with and feel inspired by. Which Hindu deity are you most attracted to and intrigued with?

Brahma

In Hindu cosmology, Brahma is the creator of the universe. He grew out of a cosmic golden egg. Upon his manifestation, he created light and dark, good and evil. He symbolizes the endless cycle of creation and transmutation. Brahma is depicted with four faces, which represent his role as the ruler of the mind and intellect.

Shiva

Shiva is depicted as a blue-skinned renunciate Yogi, who is most often in deep meditation on top of Mount Kailash. He is adorned with multiple Rudraksha mala beads, ashes, and a coiled snake. He holds a trident with a drum tied to it, and the river Ganges flows from the top of his matted hair. He represents the enlightened path of yoga and is said to help his devotees overcome worldly passions such as greed, anger, and lust. The mount of Shiva is a bull which reflects Shiva’s attributes of happiness, joy, and satisfaction.

Vishnu

Vishnu’s main role is the sustainer of life and the protector of the universe. Vishnu is often depicted sitting on a giant serpent that is floating in the milky ocean. In his four hands, he holds a conch that represents the primeval sound of creation, a discus which symbolizes the mind, a lotus flower representing liberation, and a mace confirming his mental and physical strength. Vishnu represents the principles of order, righteousness, and truth.

Ganesha

Ganesha’s large elephant head represents his role as the ruler of wealth, knowledge, and success. He is widely known and used in helping to remove obstacles and difficulties to allow one to achieve their tasks and goals. His mount is the mouse He represents three virtues of Buddhi (wisdom), Siddhi (spirituality), and Riddhi (prosperity). He is a master of astrology, mantra, and yoga.

Krishna

Krisha is one of the many incarnations of Vishnu, and certainly the most popular and powerful of these. He is often depicted as a blue-skinned cow herder with a flute that he plays that seduces the hearts of his devotees. He is the ruler of love, devotion, tenderness, and compassion. Krishna is well known as the sage advisor and charioteer of Arjuna in the revered yogic text, the Bhagavad Gita.

Rama

Rama’s adventurous exile from his princedom is documented in the epic Ramayana. He is also a powerful incarnation of Vishnu and represents truth, righteousness, and virtue in all circumstances. The Diwali festival is celebrated to commemorate his return from fourteen years of exile. He is depicted as carrying a quiver of an arrow and a bow that symbolizes his zeal to destroy evil and protect honor.

Hanuman

The monkey god Hanuman was a life-long devotee of Rama, who helped him fight and defeat evil forces, and to win back Rama’s captured wife. The son of the wind god, Hanuman is depicted as a symbol of great strength, perseverance, and service.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi is a powerful mother goddess who rules over success, abundance, purity, and beauty. Lakshmi depicted a four-armed woman who sits on a lotus flower. She holds lotus blossoms in two of her hands and performs mudras in the other hands. She uses the Varad Mudra to bestow wealth and prosperity and the Abhaya to bestow courage and strength.

Durga

Durga is depicted as having many arms, all of them holding different weapons, each of which was given to her by several of the male deities. She rides a fierce tiger and is the ruler of leadership, strength, and warrior goddess power. She is considered the destroyer of the evil and protector of the righteous.

Kali

Kali is one of the most adored gods in Hinduism despite her fierce, frightening, and fearful appearance. She is often depicted as standing on Shiva with her tongue out, and the lips colored with blood. She is the ruler of time and change. Kali wears a mala made from severed human heads, which represent her role as the slayer of ego.

Saraswati

Saraswati is the goddess of learning, knowledge, art, and music. She is represented as sitting on a white lotus flower and plays the Veena with two hands and holds mala beads and scriptures in the other two. She is often depicted seated on a swan with a peacock next to her.

Our COVID-19 Update and Response

protection prayer

At Japa Mala Beads, we pray that you are surrounded by protection, comfort, and ease as the world continues to respond and react to the COVID-19 epidemic. In these challenging and turbulent times, a regular meditation practice can be a tremendous help to calm and ground one’s worries and anxiety as well as to protect yourself from harm. We wanted to share a short note on how we are coping with this situation and how we can help you stay motivated, inspired, and strong.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is always our top priority. We are following the guidelines and recommendations as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the local U.S. health authorities to protect our employees and our customers. At our little mala bead studio, we have taken additional precautions to ensure we are maintaining a healthy and clean environment by increasing the frequency of cleaning. We are encouraging our employees to take extra precautions, including frequent handwashing and staying home if they are unwell.

We expect our online shop to remain open during these difficult times. We are currently not experiencing any delays in shipping, but this may change in the near future as this situation continues to evolve. We are currently well stocked with our imported malas from India, but with their current lockdown in place, we are unsure when we will be receiving new shipments. We have had a few delays in receiving some of our mala making materials, but we are well stocked to weather any future delays. We will update this page when any new developments or changes to our ability to provide you with our beautiful mala beads and spiritual products.

Please know that both the WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other shipping containers is low. While it is considered safe to receive and handle our shipments, we do encourage you to wash your hands as needed throughout your day.

Now more than ever, we wish to offer you our support and encouragement for your spiritual practice and our prayers for your overall health and wellbeing. We believe that mantra, intention, and gemstone therapy are powerful and helpful tools, especially in challenging and stressful moments. We have created a blog article to share some of the best gemstones that are known to help with boosting the immune system. There are also several malas and mantras that can be helpful to use for protection and healing. We hope that our malas and informative content will continue to help you feel strong, compassionate, and peaceful.

We also acknowledge the economic impact this outbreak is already having across the globe, and we want to empower you to seek out and fulfill your spiritual needs by offering a 15% discount on all items in our shop until the end of May. Use coupon code DURGA-15 on the shopping cart page to apply the discount. If your order is over $40, you will also qualify for a free gift from us (choices will automatically show on the shopping cart page).

Let’s all vow to stay calm, clear, centered, and strong in the days ahead. Let’s consciously choose love, kindness, and compassion over fear and uncertainty. Let’s resolve to use these challenges to strengthen our meditation practice and to support our loved ones with hope and connection.

Love & blessings,
The team at Japa Mala Beads

The 12 Best Gemstones to Boost Your Immune System

Immune System Boosting Gemstones

Gemstones are more than just beautiful rocks to hold and admire–they have been used for thousands of years for their metaphysical and healing properties. Among these healing powers, crystals and stones can a great way to boost your immune system to stay in the best health possible. There are twelve gemstones that are often carved into beads that can be worn as a mala to help you stay healthy and strong.

Importance of Immunity

Your immune system protects you from illness and disease. If it is not in top shape, your health may be at risk. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and healing stones and crystals will keep it functioning at its best. Your emotions can greatly influence your immune system. Being angry, sad, and other negative emotional states can weaken your immunity if experienced over a long period of time. One way gemstones and crystals help with strengthening your immune system is by their calming, balancing, and regulating powers on the emotions.

Gemstones for the Immune System

The use of specific crystals and stones can boost your immune system strength. By wearing and surrounding yourself with these gems, you can give your body the daily boost it needs to protect you best. Clicking on the below gemstone names will take you to our collection of mala beads with these stones.

  1. Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, promoting deep peace and reducing stress. Stress is toxic and is known to weaken your immune system. Amethyst is also a cleansing stone and enhances sleep quality.
  2. Bloodstone is a purification gemstone. It can be used as a “spiritual vaccination” from psychic harm, and it is commonly used to protect from autoimmune disorders.
  3. Brown Jasper is an excellent healing stone that has deep connections with the earth. It promotes the clearing of pollutants and toxins from the body. By cleansing and purifying the organs, it treats ailments associated with the upper torso and digestive tract.
  4. Carnelian is one of the best stones and natural healers of the common cold. It vitalizes your immune system and purifies organs. It also treats swollen glands.
  5. Clear Quartz is considered to be the master healer of all stones. It cleanses the immune system, purifies organs, and removes toxins that weaken your health. Clear quartz also brings your entire body into balance and harmony.
  6. Emerald regenerates the body naturally. This is helpful when you are fighting an illness, as it keeps you in good health when your system is low. Emerald also creates a physical and mental balance, making you keen for a rapid recovery.
  7. Green Aventurine provides support in fighting the flu, and it helps to soothe and ease flu symptoms. This dark green gem also promotes the health of all the organs involved in immune system responses. Aventurine can give you the boost you need to power through any illness.
  8. Jade redirects energy flow, giving you strength where you need it. It also stimulates the regeneration of immune system cells. This is a powerful healing stone for individuals with chronic illnesses.
  9. Lapis Lazuli is a potent stone to protect you from illness. It boosts strength in organs and aids the repair of bones and muscles. It also promotes mental endurance, positivity, and tranquility, all of which help boost immunity.
  10. Malachite heals and boosts immune system functions, and it provides healing for numerous ailments from head to toe. Most importantly, malachite has been used to pinpoint tumors and help fight any form of cancer.
  11. Rhodonite balances and nourishes the nervous system, and promotes calmness and ease. It also boosts your immune system, specifically reducing inflammation. These two actions work together to help heal many chronic diseases.
  12. Tourmaline is a powerful ally for immunity and mental health. It promotes the oxygenation of the brain, which is essential for proper blood circulation. Tourmaline also emits small doses of infrared radiation that serve as charges to boost immune system function and body detoxification.

Whether you are seeking to prevent illness, boost immune system strength, or fight chronic disease, gemstones can be a great help. Let these beautiful stones help heal you from within and protect you from any toxicity of the world around you.

What Do the 8 Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism Mean?

Auspicious Buddhist Symbols

The Ashtamangala is a collection of eight ancient and sacred symbols used in the spiritual traditions of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Originally, the eight auspicious symbols were used in India at ceremonies. In Buddhism, it is told that the eight symbols were sacred offerings given by the gods to the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. These symbols are used as teaching tools to symbolize the qualities of an enlightened mind. They are also symbols of auspiciousness and good fortune. You may find some or all of the Ashtamangala symbols used in our products, especially on our japa mala bags.

The eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism:

  1. The Endless Knot. The origin of this auspicious symbol is believed to be the icon of snakes, which is a symbol of duality. Additionally, the symbol is linked to Vishnu, and it shows his devotion to consort Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth as well as good fortune. It appears on clay tablets from the Indus Valley Civilization as well as on a historic era inscription. The Endless Knot represents endless wisdom and compassion of Buddha, as well as continuity as life’s underlying basis. It indicates the relationship between an individual’s spiritual path, the omnipresence of Buddha, and the movement of time.
  2. The Treasure Vase. It represents longevity, health, wealth, wisdom, prosperity, and space. It symbolizes the quality of the teachings of Buddha. It indicated that the treasure did not reduce even after sharing many teachings.
  3. The Lotus Flower. It is a symbol of renunciation, divinity, and purity. Although the roots of the lotus are in the mud, the flowers blossom above the water. Buddha uses the flower as symbolism to indicate that he raises from the world, free from the defilements taught in specific Buddhist scriptures.
  4. The Golden Fish. Originally, the two fish represented two main rivers of India that is, Yamuna and Ganges. In Buddhism, they are a symbol of happiness since they are completely free in the water. They are a representation of abundance and fertility. The symbol is more often drawn as carp and is regarded as sacred due to their size, beauty, and life-span.
  5. The Parasol. Symbolically, the parasol provides protection from illnesses, obstacles, desire, harmful forces, and suffering. It represents the canopy of the sky. Therefore, its expansion, protection, and unfolding quality of the Sahasrara (seventh primary chakra).
  6. The Conch Shell. The deep history of the Conch Shell is in river rafting that was used on commercial trips down the Grand Canyon for enlightenment. It was used to awaken guests for coffee. Originally, it is thought to have horn-trumpet. In Buddhism, it is a symbol of religious sovereignty with an emblem, which fearlessly proclaimed dharma’s truth. It represents good actions that awaken ignorance from people and brings about enlightenment.
  7. The Dharma Wheel. The wheel symbol was noted to appear mostly in Indus Valley civilization artifacts, especially on the seals. It is a solar symbol and first appeared on clay seals before 2500 BCE. It appears in a sequence of ten signs within the signboard of Dholavira. It is a sign of teachings of Buddha and is referred to as the wheel of transformation or change of spirituality. The hub is a symbol of moral discipline, while the spokes symbolize insights analytically through rim-meditative concentration. The spokes show directions, and they symbolize the Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha. These include right effort, concentration, right speech, right livelihood, right thoughts, right understanding, right action, and mindfulness.
  8. The Victory Banner. The symbol was placed on Mt Meru, and it symbolized the victory of Buddha over the universe. It was traditionally taken to battles as it represented the victory of Buddha against the armies of Mara, which is the hindrances and defilements. These hindrances include fear of death, pride, disturbing emotions, and desire. The banner victory symbolized eleven methods that can be employed to overcome Mara. These include unity of samadhis (emptiness, lack of desire, and formlessness), wisdom, meditation, ethical vows, selflessness, development of knowledge, getting rid of false views, generation of spiritual aspirations, taking refuge in Buddha, skillful means, and compassion.

These eight powerful symbols appear in Eastern spiritual iconography individually and all together. You may find these symbols used as adornments in meditation centers, monastery, temples, or private homes. In Tibet, one or more of the Ashtamangala are drawn on the ground using flour or colored powders to create an auspicious condition and to welcome a distinguished guest. You will also commonly find these symbols on pendants, bracelets, wall hangings, and various spiritual tools like singing bowls and prayer wheels.

You can use one or more of these potent symbols to help support your meditation practice. You can wear clothing or jewelry with the symbols or place items with the symbols around your home, or on your meditation altar. Let these serve as visual reminders to focus on your good fortune and to be mindful throughout your day. These eight ancient and popular symbols can also bring you hope and comfort during times of unease and distress.

The 8 Best Crystals & Gemstones for Love

Crystals & Gemstones for Love

Receiving and giving love is a foundational facet of our lives. The emotion of love can often feel fleeting and can easily be damaged. You may be recovering from heartbreak and need to remember how to love again. You may be looking to attract romantic love, practice self-love, deepen your current relationship, or simply be more open-hearted to all those around you. Whatever your needs for love are, there are several crystals and gemstones that can help. There are several potent “love stones” that are known to cultivate and radiate love to help you heal and open up your heart. One of the best methods to receive the benefits of these love stones is to wear them as a mala necklace or bracelet mala.

1. Rose Quartz

Peace, compassion, kindness and nurturing are some of the qualities that Rose quartz is known to emit. People have been using this love stone since 600 BC, and many fondly refer to it as the Heart Stone. Rose quartz will activate the heart chakra to promote self-love, divine love, platonic love, and romantic love. This crystal stone will help you to open up your heart, rebuild your ability to trust, and restore your faith in love. It also teaches you to first love yourself so that you can learn to accept and receive love from others.

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2. Moonstone

Wearing moonstone will help you develop an overall calmer nature, prevent you from overreacting in challenging situations, and encourage the wisdom and patience to trust Divine timing. You will also be able to adopt healthier patterns that are beneficial to both you and your partner. Not only will you learn to nurture peaceful relationships, but moonstone can also ignite sexual energy, attraction, passion, and arousal.

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3. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli is the gemstone for enlightenment and wisdom. It also encourages finding peace within yourself and others. Lapis was dedicated to Venus, the Greek Goddess of love for over 5,000 years. This love stone enhances communication skills with others and promotes honesty, harmony, and compassion. It will help your relationships by teaching you to actively listen to each other. Wearing Lapis can also help you overcome shyness and timidity and allows you to uncover and access your Divine nature.

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4. Chrysoprase

Chrysoprase can quickly heal a broken heart and encourage you to receive new love. It helps with keeping you centered and compassionate in all your communication and interactions with others. This stone will create a positive outlook on life. It is known to promote optimism, joy, and happiness while reducing depression, anxiety, and stress.

5. Garnet

Garnet gemstones can help you realize your greatest visions and deepest dreams. They are stones that promote pleasure and prosperity. Green Garnet has an association with abundance and the heart chakra. It can give you motivation for the manifestation of wealth and prosperity. Red garnets help increase your libido and can bring passion and desire back to your sex life. This love stone can also help heal, strengthen, and improve your romantic relationship.

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6. Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is known as the stone of the compassionate heart. It activates the heart chakra and encourages emotional healing, self-love, and the welcoming of new love. When you have sufficient self-love, it will overflow and pour in an outward direction, thus attracting happiness and love from others. Rhodochrosite also promotes inner-strength, trust, courage, and vulnerability.

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7. Rhodonite

Rhodonite is used to heal broken hearts by promoting self-love, forgiveness, and compassion. Use this “rescue stone” to heal emotional trauma, rid yourself of toxic habits, find emotional balance and discover your life’s purpose. This grounding stone can also be used to build confidence and alleviate confusion.

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8. Jade

Jade has a powerful nurturing energy that can uplift and soothe your heart. This stone of prosperity can assist you in dissolving the negative patterns that are holding you back from realizing your true potential for love. Wearing jade can also bring you good luck, confidence, courage, inner-peace, balance, and healing.

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