Malas, mantra and our karma are actually all interconnected. In our blog next week we will share some interesting insights from Thomas Ashley-Farrands " Healing Mantras" and how the practice of mantra is related to our karma, but before we get to that, a little bit about karma.
Karma can be explained as the sum total of all our thoughts, actions, dreams and desires that follow us from life to life through time and space. Or simply – the law of cause and effect, that what we send out into the universe will come back to us in some form. This process can often encompass more than one lifetime.
In Vedic teachings there are 4 kinds of karma:
1.Sanchita Karma – this is the sum of accumulated past actions in all our previous lifetimes. This karma sets the stage for the present lifetime as well as others yet to follow.
Karma is actually carried with us like baggage, stored in various parts of the body. For example Sanchita Karma – the past actions from previous lifetimes is stored within our soul. At birth a portion of that karma is released into our physical body the rest remains stored and will not come into play in this particular lifetime. This karma will also affect our birth, presenting us with a predisposition and an environment that will influence our habits, prejudices and the development of talents and abilities we will use in this lifetime to work off a given portion of our karma. As we go through life, people we meet or circumstances we encounter will trigger bits of karma. When these situations arise we are presented with an opportunity to “work off” a particular portion of our karma.
We are able to both accumulate and also “work off” karma. We can draw both positive and negative karma to ourselves and while obviously good karma is preferred over bad karma the ultimate goal is to actually have no karma. It is at this point we are released from the karmic cycle of life and death and we transcend this earthly plane. Good karma just like bad karma actually attaches us to this earthly plane.
Check our blog next week for more info on how the practice of mantra and using your mala is connected to your karma.
Being a conscious or mindful consumer is something a lot of us are striving for these days. Shopping locally, buying organic, recycling, re-using etc etc
At Gypsy Love we are very focused on being mindful consumers. One of the reasons we are committed to sharing our beautiful malas with you all is not only are these sacred pieces incredibly beautiful and designed to bring a calmer mind, body and spirit to all who wear them but they are also carefully produced in a mindful and conscious manner.
They are hand made with love by the team at Aum Rudraksha Designs in Bali. They are sustainably harvested, in plantations throughout South East Asia with 15% of profits distributed between the staff and farmers of the rudraksha trees.
They are fairly traded, the team at Aum Rudraksha Designs all receives fair trade wages and a share in worldwide profits.
10% of profits are also donated to local Balinese charities such as Bali Street Kids – www.balistreetkids.org and Bumi Sehat a birthing and wellness centre for mothers, children and their families. The centre is run by Robin Lim who was the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year – www.bumisehatbali.org as well as several other local charities.
We truly hope when you wear your mala you feel the love and know that you are sharing that love around the world with everyone involved in bringing these beautiful pieces to you.
Our Speak your Truth Mala is an incredible combination of Lapis Lazuli, Leopard skin, amber and citrine.
Lapis is often called the truth crystal... it ensures the words you speak are in alignment with your personal truth. This stone resonates with the vibration of truth and enlightenment.
Lapis Lazuli has always been one of the most sought after stones in history. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth, and is often regarded as a holy stone. It is a powerful manifestation stone as well as for meditation. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, As a stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit,
Buddhists use Lapis as a stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thought.
Use this mala to Speak Your Truth.