What is Mantra?
An excerpt from Swami Sivananda Radha’s book, Mantras; Words of Power
'A Mantra is a combination of sacred syllables that forms a nucleus of spiritual energy.
This serves as a magnet to attract, or a lens to focus spiritual vibrations. According to the Upanishads, the ancient scriptures of India, the original abode of the mantra was the Parma Akasha or primeval ether, the eternal and immutable substratum of the universe, out of which, in the uttering of the primal sound Vach, the universe itself was created. (A similar account is found in the Gospel of St. John: “In the beginning was the Word….”)
The mantras existed within this ether and were directly perceived by the ancient rishis, or seers, who translated them onto an audible pattern of words, rhythm and melody.
Mantra is not prayer. Prayer consists of words of supplication chosen by the spiritual aspirant, whereas mantra is a precise combination of words and sounds – the embodiment of a particular form of consciousness, or Sakti.
The root man in the word mantra means in Sanskrit: to think”; tra comes from the trai, meaning :to protect or free from the bondage of samsara or the phenomenal world.” Therefore mantra means “the thought that liberates and protects.” But there are many levels of meaning in a mantra that must be experienced to be truly understood. An intellectual explanation encompasses only a very small part of its meaning.
The chanting or recitation of mantras activates and accelerates the creative spiritual force, promoting harmony in all parts of the human being. The devotee is gradually converted into a living center of spiritual vibration that is attuned to some other center of vibration vastly more powerful. This energy can be appropriated and directed for the benefit of the one who uses it and for that of others.’
3:40 pm • 9 December 2013 • 2 notes
Our annual Winter Solstice celebration will be December 20th this year. Facebook event for details.
11:20 am • 9 December 2013
Featured Blend: “Hearth” Incense
We’re stocked up with our “Hearth” blend of incense, perfect for this winter weather. Handmade, loose, totally natural incense. It smells like warm vanilla and spices.
3:40 pm • 8 December 2013 • 6 notes
Featured Crystal: Chrysocolla
A communication and wisdom stone. It activates the throat chakra and helps us formulate and speak our ideas, stimulating our abilities to communicate our own personal wisdom to the world.
It is a gentle water element stone, and is helpful if you speak for a living. It also governs all forms of sacred sound and sound healing, and can be used to link the throat and heart chakras.
3:40 pm • 7 December 2013 • 7 notes
Chanukah Candles with Snoopy!
11:20 am • 7 December 2013
Sale!! Saturday & Sunday (Dec 7 & 8), all Goddess figurines are 25% off!
4:28 pm • 6 December 2013 • 2 notes
Featured Flower Essence (a gem essence this time): Citrine
Citrine essence uses energetic medicine to Harmonize the mental body with higher spiritual laws; increases access to divine truth and intelligence; and amplify qualities of concentration, centering, and rational mind.
— Alaskan Flower Essences
3:40 pm • 6 December 2013 • 7 notes
“Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.”
— Swami Sivananda Radha
11:20 am • 6 December 2013 • 22 notes
Featured Tarot Card: Queen of Pentacles, from the Shadowscapes Tarot
Nurture and care of others, generosity, and possessing a warmth of spirit. The fan of branches arrayed around her figure are reminiscent of the ten-armed Hindu Goddess Durga, embodiment of feminine creative energy. She is dedication, a protector, and one who is reliable and trustworthy. She is secure in her material possessions and her position in life.
The Queen of Pentacles will lend her support to any who asks. She has strength that she draws from the very Oak tree that she is a part of (or that is a part of her?). She is willing to share this strength that is drawn down from the golden power of life and warmth of the sun itself, into her branches, and transmuted into purest energy.
"Carry this as a token and a reminder that I am always here," she says, taking a leaf from the boughs that whisper a singing susurrus from around her. They sigh in a hundred voices, an eerie harmony of the secrets that they hold for her.
3:40 pm • 5 December 2013 • 17 notes