beautiful women's lotus pearl and double-sided shiva mala necklace and wrap bracelet. elegant and understated, this mala falls just a few inches below the heart. made from genuine pearls, this photograph doesn’t do this mala justice. pearls were once thought to be the tears of god and are often referred to as the queen gem. as an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl symbolizes love, success and happiness. they often represent a happy marriage and in many countries are used as a wedding gift. rich in symbolism and associated with the crown chakra, pearls have been associated with instilling faith, self-worth, providing balance, introspection, reflection, and new beginnings. their lunar energy is used for feeling and understanding, sustaining and maintaining, and intuitive knowledge.
tiger ebony is considered to be one of the most powerful woods and is said to bring strength and protection. it balances both the feminine and masculine energies, brings good luck, and is considered to be especially useful in the seeking of spiritual knowledge.
shiva is the "god of the yogis," self-controlled and celibate, while at the same time a lover of his spouse shakti. shiva is the destroyer of the world, following brahma the creator, and vishnu the preserver, after which brahma again creates the world and so on. shiva is responsible for change both in the form of death and destruction, and in the positive sense of destroying the ego, the false identification with form. this includes the shedding of old habits and attachments.
all that has a beginning by necessity must have an end. in destruction, truly nothing is destroyed but the illusion of individuality. so the power of destruction associated with shiva has great purifying power, both on a personal level when problems make us see reality more clearly, and on a more universal level. destruction opens the path for a new creation of the universe, a new opportunity for the beauty of the universal illusion to unfold. as truth, goodness, and beauty, shiva represents the most essential goodness, and just the mention of his name is known to have strong purification power, as well as protection.
while many hindu deities are associated with different paths of yoga and meditation, in shiva the art of meditation takes its most absolute form. in deep meditation or samadhi, even the object of meditation (such as a mantra) is transformed into its formless essence, which is the essence of everything and everyone. so, shiva represents the letting go of everything in the world of forms, and his path is the path of the ascetic yogi.
shakti translates in sanskrit as "to be able to," meaning sacred force or empowerment, the primordial cosmic energy, and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe.
doubles as a necklace and wrap bracelet. 6mm beads. 108 mala prayer beads. strung on stretch cord to accommodate being worn on the wrist. silver colored brass and antique silver plated accents with double-sided shiva / aum pendant. this design originally listed 11/2012.
fits a 5.75" - 6.5" wrist.