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Shiva Lingham Faceted Pendulum w Quartz Ball India

SKU: 11752
Price: $3.75


The Shivalingam: The Shivalingam is one of the most sacred icons of the ancient, as well as the modern, world. These lingams come only from the Narmada River in the Central Western part of India. Those of you who have seen the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom may recall they were searching for the sacred stone. The Shivalingam is that sacred stone. Accessible only during the dry seasons, these stones are collected from the river bed by only a few families who have been trained in the way to identify only the most special pieces. Once collected, these incredible artisans finally shape and polish the stones to bring out the natural markings which are inherent in their composition, much like a diamond cutter who cuts the rough material to bring out the best in the diamond. The Lingam is symbolic of the Divine Creative Manifestation. The Lingam shape is representative of the power of Shiva, the Lord of Creation, the masculine creative energy. The markings, also known as the yoni, symbolize the feminine energy, the seed which is fertilized to manifest the creative power in the dance of the cosmos. Geologists theorize that the iron oxide of which the yoni is composed, was impregnated in the river bed millions of years ago by a meteorite. The Lingam also represents the harmony or balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us, the Light that shines from within. It is actually the shape of the soul and the consummate balance of the universe. This Sacred Stone relates to the fifth chakra, the heart chakra, and is the manifestation of the love energy that resides in all of us. It seems, by destiny, everyone has a lingam that has an energy that relates intimately to them. Illustration of the chakras. The quartz composition (along with basalt and agate) and the shape make them powerful energy generators appropriate for healing and unique as tools for meditation and cleansing. The sage stated, "If a minilingam is worn, then it will affect mind and heart in positive ways." According to legend, when Lord Shiva looked upon the suffering world, he shed a tear of compassion. From that tear grew the Rudraksha, which literally means “Rudra’s (Shiva’s) tears”. The name also means “Under the protection of Lord Rudra.” Rudraksha beads are naturally occurring seeds of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree. Each is identified by the number of “faces” or “mouths” (called mukhis in Sanskrit) that it has, which are the furrows that run the length of each seed. The Vedic texts speak of beads with one to up to 38 faces, but normally there are one to 14 faces that are used. In ancient times these naturally forming beads would have been appreciated by the forest dwelling sages for the ease with which meditation beads could be made from them. They only need to be picked from the ground and cleaned before being strung. The holes by which they are strung are natural in all beads with four faces or more. After some time it was noticed that the seeds had different features, like the various Vedic gods, such as four-headed Brahma, the six-headed Karttikeya, etc. Thus the number of faces indicate the presiding deity of that particular Rudraksha and the powers it was said to possess. The traditional attributes given to the Rudraksha bead were then recorded in the ancient Puranic histories which date back to the third millennia BCE. Rudrakshas are thought to possess many healing properties as well as magical powers. Their use as medicine, whether ground up and combined with other medicines or worn, has been documented far into ancient times. Today most people choose to avail themselves of those medicinal effects by wearing Rudraksha garlands or malas. A Rudraksha mala is said to lower blood pressure, calm the nerves, cool fevers, quiet the disturbed minds of those affected with insanity and other mental disorders. Rudraksha malas are worn by pregnant mothers to protect their unborn children and cool the body. In Ayurvedic terminology Rudraksha lowers Pitta, reduces Kapha and calms Vata. Drinking water in which a single bead has soaked overnight is thought to introduce these medicinal effects as well. It is most likely that in India you will see many yogis, munis, swamis and saints wearing strings of Rudraksha beads. The brown red bead has become quite popular. Today you will also see Rudraksha shaped into jewelry in the form of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and even buttons. It is also quite popular with Indian students as it is said to please the goddess Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, thus increasing the intellectual skills and communicative powers. It is also said to have anti-aging properties, and rejuvenate and revitalize the body, soul and mind. Each Rudraksha has particular mantras and certain days of the week for its use. Radraksha can be worn or kept in a place of worship. They should be honored as a manifestation of the Divine. One should not wear Rudraksha to the toilet or during sex, and ideally they should be bathed in scented oil and worshiped daily. Another story of how the Rudraksha came to be is described in the Devi Bhagavata, Skandha 11. Once there lived an asura demon chief who was mighty and valiant. His name was Tripura. He defeated Devas and deva chiefs and became emperor of the asuras. The Devas were much grieved because of him. They went to Lord Shiva and represented their grievances. Shiva thought for a while about how to kill Tripura, and sat with open eyes. This sitting continued for a thousand divine years. After this pro longed time Shiva winked his eyes and tears fell down from them. The Rudraksha tree originated from these tears. From the Sun-eye [the right eye] of Siva twelve types of Rudraksas came into being, from the moon-eye [left eye] sixteen kinds of Rudraksas developed, and from the fire-eye [in his forehead] ten kinds of Rudraksas originated. Those which originated from the Sun-eye are blood colored, those from the moon-eye are white Rudraksas, and from the fire-eye are black Rudraksas. It is said that boiled Rudraksa beads are considered for the Brahmins, red Rudraksa are for Kshatriyas, while white ones are for Vaisyas, and the black Rudraksha are for the Sudra varnas. Genuine Rudraksha are quite rare, especially the more exotic varieties. Some beads are much rarer than others and therefore demand a higher price. The special traits of the different Rudraksha beads are described as follows:


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