Devotional

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  • Buddha Incense Burner (SBR452)
    Buddha Incense Burner for cones & candles 3"X4"'X4"

    These carved Incense/Candle Holders are made from real soapstone and are handmade in India.

    Can be used for Burning incense cones / candles.

    From time immemorial incense has been a part of worship and has been used in temples, ashrams, churches and mosques as well as in the home to purify and sweeten the atmosphere.

    Many people who are familiar with stick incense have never experienced the pleasures of burning pure resins.

    We encourage you to release these fragrant treasures of nature into your personal environment.

    What is Soapstone?

    Soapstone (staetite) is a naturally occuring metamorphic rock made up of mineral deposits created by nature and quarried from the earth.
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    $13.75
  • Stone Carved Bowl Burner (SBR64)
    STONE CARVED BOWL BURNER - 2"H, 5"D

    This stone incense burning bowl or smudge pot is perfect for burning sage & smudge sticks and other botanicals.

    You can also use this bowl burner for incense sticks, cones, charcoal burning resins by filling the bowl with sand and placing incense on top.
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    $14.50
  • Brass Buddha Tibetan Incense Burner (BBR122)
    Round, Brass Buddha Tibetan incense Burner - Antique Finish - 5" Diameter, 3.75" Height
       
    This Copper incense burner can be used for all different kinds of Tibetan Incense.

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    $34.50
  • Tibetan Copper Incense Burner - Antique Finish (BBR132)
    Tibetan Copper Incense Burner Antique Finish - 6" Long

    This Copper incense burner can be used for all different kinds of Tibetan Incense.


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    $23.75
  • Mother of Pearl Brass Bowl with Lid (BOWL28)
    Mother of Pearl Brass Bowl with Lid - 3.5" Diameter, 3" Height

    Use with:

    • incense cones,
    • resin incense and charcoal
    • Size: 3.5" wide, 3" tall, 1" deep.
    Description

    Small carved brass bowl with Mother of Pearl inlay on the lid. This incense burner can be used with charcoal, resin, and incense cones. For best results burn incense with the lid removed to allow for maximum air flow.

    This beautiful censer can also be used as a keepsake for small jewelry, earrings or trinkets.


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    $24.95
  • Carved Mother Of Pearl Brass Bowl With Lid (BOWL29)
    Mother Of Pearl Brass Bowl With Lid Size: 4.5" tall, 3" deep

    Use with:

    • incense cones,
    • resin incense and charcoal,
    • Size: 4.5" tall, 3" deep
    Description

    Small carved brass bowl with Mother of Pearl inlay on the lid. This incense burner can be used with charcoal, resin, and incense cones. For best results burn incense with the lid removed to allow for maximum air flow.

    This beautiful censer can also be used as an incense burner, keepsake for small jewelry or trinkets.


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    $24.95
  • Brass Aladdin Lamp 7" Long (BBR42)
    Brass Aladdin Lamp 7" Long

    This lovely genie lamp is made of brass and embossed with a floral design. The top stopper is removable. It is approximately 3" tall and 5" wide. This Aladdin lamp makes a lovely decor piece.
        
    • Brass Aladdin Lamp - 7" Length
    • An exotic addition to any home or office
    • Ornately embossed
    • A brass plate is included, for cone incense burning
    • New & improved - solid brass, quality product
    • Suitable to use as a decorative item
    • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use
    • This product is manufactured in India
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    $19.75
  • Amethyst Knotted Prayer Mala 8mm Stones (SMA106K)
    Amethyst Knotted Prayer Mala 8mm Stones

    This Amethyst Prayer Mala can be used in meditation as traditional mala beads or worn as healing jewelry.

    A stone of peace, it's protective and aids against addictions. It enhances third eye awareness and meditation.
     
    • Planets: Jupiter, Neptune
    • Element: Water
    • Energy: Receptive
    Japa Nam - Repeating God's Name
    Japa is Repeating God's Name
    In order to focus one's mind on God, Babaji taught people to chant the ancient mantra Om Namah Shivaya. It is a Sanskrit phrase which means something like "I surrender to/bow to/take refuge in God," or "Lord, Thy will be done." The Name of God used in this mantra is Lord Shiva, the Supreme Manifestation of God. Constant repetition of the mantra (japa) focuses the mind on God - opens the heart and mind to God - and stops, or reduces, the tendency of one's mind to constantly plan (the future), worry (about the past), daydream (illusion), or otherwise idle away in essentially useless activity.
     
    Repeating God's Name of Om Namah Shivaya is a protection and a purification of the consciousness. It is like a clear running stream, constantly washing and renewing the mind for higher purpose. Babaji's main purpose for re-appearing is to reform the hearts and minds of people. He comes to remove confusion and evil from mankind. Shri Babaji once said: "The mind can be purified only by japa. This is the only medicine for the disease of the mind. While your mind and heart are impure, how can God live in your heart? The water to clean your heart is the Name of God. Teach everyone to repeat the Name of God -- everywhere."
     
    The mind that is generally focused on God's Name(s) responds, when the need arises, spontaneously to perform its required functions quickly, easily and well. Babaji emphasized Om Namah Shivaya but also gave other mantras on some occasions. The essence of his instruction is "Repeat God's Name." Shri Babaji said that when the great destruction comes to the world, those who believe in and worship God sincerely, and especially those who repeat His Name, will be saved by the power of the mantra. "God's Name is more powerful than a thousand atomic and hydrogen bombs."
     
    How to perform Japa
    Usually, japa is performed on a mala (prayer beads, 108 beads per strand, like a rosary). In the morning, upon waking from sleep, a bath is taken immediately (pour water over all the body from a bucket with a cup). After bath and dressing in your prayer clothes, you sit peacefully in front of your altar. You touch the mala only with the right hand. You hold the beads without using the index finger (index finger is known as the "ego" finger so you leave the ego out of this). You begin where the mala has one larger bead and a tassle; you say one mantra per bead, working the mala around between thumb and middle finger. Once you have completed the 108 repetitions, you turn the mala around and go back the same direction you came. The large bead at the end is called the "guru" bead, so you "don't cross the guru," you keep turning the mala around and going back over the beads the opposite direction. Since 5 is a Shiva number, it is good to do a minimum of 5 rounds of the mala at a sitting. This is done morning and evening.
     
    Japa Nam is also accomplished by constantly repeating the Name of God while working, eating, walking, and everything you do in a day, without always using the mala. When you repeat the Name of God while working, it is also called Karma Yoga.

     
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    $58.95
  • Brass Statue of Lord Ganesh Sitting on Round Base (BST194)
    Brass Statue of Lord Ganesh Sitting on Round Base - 2.5" Height

    Solid Brass with Antique Honey finish.

    The Lord of Success
    The son of Shiva and Parvati, Ganesha has an elephantine countenance with a curved trunk and big ears, and a huge pot-bellied body of a human being. He is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. In fact, Ganesha is one of the five prime Hindu deities (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Durga being the other four) whose idolatry is glorified as the panchayatana puja.
     
    Significance of the Ganesha Form
    Ganesha's head symbolizes the Atman or the soul, which is the ultimate supreme reality of human existence, and his human body signifies Maya or the earthly existence of human beings. The elephant head denotes wisdom and its trunk represents Om, the sound symbol of cosmic reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha's left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.
     
    The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse.
     
    Ganesha, the Destroyer of Pride
    Ganesha is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the personification of material universe in all its various magnificent manifestations. "All Hindus worship Ganesha regardless of their sectarian belief," says D N Singh in A Study of Hinduism. "He is both the beginning of the religion and the meeting ground for all Hindus."

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    $29.95
  • Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height (BST198)
     Nataraj Dancing Brass Statue - 4" Height

    Solid Brass with Antique Honey finish.

    Nataraja or Nataraj, the dancing form of Lord Shiva, is a symbolic synthesis of the most important aspects of Hinduism, and the summary of the central tenets of this Vedic religion. The term 'Nataraj' means 'King of Dancers.'

    THE ORIGIN OF THE NATARAJ FORM
    An extraordinary iconographic representation of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of India, it was developed in southern India by 9th and 10th-century artists during the Chola period (880-1279 CE) in a series of beautiful bronze sculptures. By the 12th century AD, it achieved canonical stature and soon the Chola Nataraja became the supreme statement of Hindu art.

    THE VITAL FORM & SYMBOLISM
    In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure - 'Apasmara Purusha', the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left hand holds a flame, the lower left-hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right-hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: "Be without fear."

    Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo.

    His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SHIVA'S DANCE
    This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy - creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion. According to Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).

    The overall temper of the image is paradoxical, uniting the inner tranquility, and outside activity of Shiva.

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  • Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones (BST185)
    Elephant Standing Trunk Up With Stones - 4.25"W, 3.25"H
        
    The elephant is considered to be a symbol of good luck in many cultures.

    • Made from Solid Brass
    • Size: 3.25" high x 4.25" wide
    • Weight: 1.3 pound approx.
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for altar or use as a home decor.
       
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    $44.75
  • Brass Om Symbol On Round Base (BST25)
    Brass Om Symbol On Round Base - 5.5"height 

    Om - The Sacred sound of Universe. It is said to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.
     
    • Made from Brass
    • Size: 5.5" height
    • Weight: 0.2 pound approximately
    • Handmade in India
    • A perfect piece for an altar or use as a home decor. 
     
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    $15.75
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