1. WHAT DOES “SHIVALOKA” MEAN?
In Sanskrit, one of the world’s most ancient languages, Shivaloka means “the place where Shiva resides”. Shiva is the embodiment of pure consciousness and is India’s word for describing the ultimate power of the Divine.
2. WHAT IS SOUL JEWELRY?
Shivaloka defines soul jewelry as natural objects that self-generate highest, divine energy vibrations. This is the source of their miraculous ability to heal and transform people’s lives.
3. WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT RUDRAKSHA?
Certain things in nature such as gems, semi-precious gems, herbs, roots, and seeds have been found to have beneficial, life sustaining benefits. With use, their benefits can quickly be felt and their effects experienced over time. Their ability to positively affect the soul, mind, and body cannot be overstated. For thousands of years, spiritual seekers and masters in the Indian tradition have used Rudraksha as an essential tool of spiritual enlightenment. These seeds from the sacred tree are natural power objects—objects that generate high positive energy and protect and sustain every aspect of the individual’s life. It’s news to no one that the world is a negative place; you don’t have to go out looking for it — it will find you. But, happiness seems to take effort. Even when it comes, it doesn’t last long. The negative vibrations we encounter every day, those that rise up from inside us and those that come to us from outside, are automatically absorbed and transformed by Rudraksha and minimize or even completely diminish the negative impact. While the source of their power remains a Divine mystery, their effects are clearly evident.
4. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT ABOUT SHIVALOKA MALAS & RUDRAKSHAS?
Rudraksha can be found for sale in shops, kiosks, and by street vendors in most every city across the Indian subcontinent as well as in yoga studios around the world. Yet, because of the growing interest in the spiritual value of Rudraksha, fakes abound. Many times other seeds — like peach or walnut pits or other hard woods — are treated, glued, or carved to pass for authentic Rudraksha. It’s very hard to spot a fake and most have no idea how to test for this. In addition, the proper preparation and handling of Rudraksham by most manufacturers is sorely lacking, resulting in products of inferior quality with greatly diminished power and neutralized effects. The thinking that Rudraksha are everywhere and a Rudraksha is just a Rudraksha simply isn’t the case. We guarantee authenticity and offer the highest quality products available in the market. With every SHIVALOKA purchase, we include a Certificate of Authenticity.SHIVALOKA sources only the best Rudraksham directly from the farms where they are grown, ensuring authenticity, maturation and highest quality. We have selected only a few Rudraksha farms throughout Asia based on their pedigree, long-standing reputations for quality, and organic and sustainable farming methods. In every aspect, from the farm to the customer, SHIVALOKA goes to great lengths to preserve and increase their beauty and vibrational qualities by following procedures laid down in ancient texts. In addition, each piece is individually blessed according to ancient Vedic precepts —secret, powerful techniques used by siddhas (supernatural saints) to further empower the beads. Test it to feel and experience the difference!
5. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE UNTIL I WILL EXPERIENCE RESULTS OF WEARING RUDRAKSHA?
The vibrational charge that you receive from wearing SHIVALOKA jewelry can be felt immediately and sometimes the energy transmission can be very subtle in experience. We recommend wearing your SHIVALOKA piece as much as possible as the power and innate value increase over time. The malas and jewelry become more powerful and the person wearing the piece comes to realize a strong energetic relationship that develops. Traditionally Rudraksha become family heirlooms.
6. WHAT IS A MALA?
‘Mala’ in Sanskrit means ‘garland’ or ‘necklace’. Malas are rosaries and traditionally intended to be used for meditation to facilitate an effortless way to count the repetitions of mantras (sacred prayers). Mantra meditation is one of the most fundamentals ways to ‘charge’ your soul with divine vibrations.
7. HOW DO I USE A MALA?
It’s the experience of advanced meditators that 108 repetitions is the “daily minimum dosage” required to charge the power of a mantra (a sacred formula) to one’s soul. During meditation, each bead is held between the thumb and middle finger while the mantra is chanted once for each bead. Never use the index finger. A mala counts usually 108 +1 ‘guru’ bead which like a pendant is separate from the necklace of 108 beads. It is given the name “guru” — meaning “that which leads from ‘gu’ (darkness) to ‘ru’ (light) — because it is both the beginning and ending point of a mantra repetition circuit and indicates when the “daily minimum dosage” is completed. A rudraksha mala’s practical value is not just its use during meditation. Because of its inherent magnetic power, it not only holds its own charge, it also gains and holds the charge of the mantra. Thus, when your soul is fully charged with the power of the mantra, so is the mala. In this way, your mala is not only a sacred power object in its own right, it takes on the divine charge of the mantra and your personal divine fragrance as well. One powerful healing technique is to simply place a mala, sufficiently charged, onto a person’s chest. It is written that the healing power of a mala lasts for 7 generations.
8. WHY ARE THESE MALAS MADE IN BALI IF THEY ARE “INDIAN”?
Bali has a strong connection with India in many of their traditions & beliefs. And, like India, Bali has a strong & ancient tradition of crafting extraordinary pieces, both technically & artistically—in many disciplines, including making jewelry…and, in particular, making “spiritual” jewelry, like malas. We help Balinese artisans perpetuate their traditions and their craft and provide for their families.
9. WHAT IS THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF GEMSTONES?
Modern science tells us that gemstones also carry an electro-magnetic charge, which occurs not only because of their material make-up but because they absorb and/or refract light. Jyotish, the science of Light—India’s ancient form of astrology—has identified how semi-precious & precious gemstones influence the individual who touches/wears them. Thus, we use them in specific combinations to produce specific positive results. For more info, please see the sacred power beads page.
10. HOW DO I CARE FOR MY SHIVALOKA JEWELRY?
Our jewelry is considered sacred and should be treated as such. We recommend: – Use a soft pouch to safe-keep your jewelry when you are not wearing it. – Don’t let it touch the ground. The earth’s force of gravity will withdraw and absorb the energetic charge of the jewelry. – Shivaloka Soul Jewelry has been blessed and empowered through ancient Indian siddhic blessing rituals and are considered power objects. It is best to protect that energy and not let other people touch your Shivaloka jewelry, as the positive charge will transfer to the other person. The exception to that rule is if you wish to bless someone in need of healing, you can let them hold or wear the mala for a few minutes, with the intention that divine energy of your SHIVALOKA jewelry will heal & uplift the person. You will notice that the person will feel a relief after a few minutes. Traditionally malas and power objects are passed down to the children. Energetically, it is okay if your children touch your soul jewelry. – If you wish to clean your rudraksha, you can briefly soak them in water and gently scrub them with a handbrush. Beware not to scrub the precious metals of your jewelry. Traditionally bitter oils like mustard or sesame oil are used for this purpose. Alternatively you can use coconut or sandalwood oil to treat your rudraksham and cleanse them. Beware that the oil will darken the color of your beads. – Rudraksha like water, yet lotus seeds, sandalwood and tulsi do NOT. If your SHIVALOKA jewelry has any of these beads incorporated in the design, please do not let your jewelry come in contact with water. Like wood, they will expand and break. For more information on taking care of your SHIVALOKA Soul Jewelry, please check our dedicated page on this: How to take care of Your Soul Jewelry
11. HOW CAN I GET MY SHIVALOKA JEWELRY REPAIRED?
Don’t despair, celebrate! It is considered an auspicious sign when malas and energy jewelry break, especially when worn with a specific intention. It usually means that the intention with which the jewelry was worn has been energetically accomplished, that you have made a quantum leap in your soul energy and that a pattern of resistance or blocks has been broken and has freed you from old karmic residue. Yet, that doesn’t mean your SHIVALOKA piece shouldn’t be fixed, in fact, by now you will feel a certain energetic attachment to it and want to keep wearing to keep the protection circles you are building with your soul jewelry strong while shedding more layers to liberate your soul to greater happiness, ease and light. We offer a repair service for our jewelry.