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Mala on Feminist Review

September 25, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Press


Feminist Review’s Katherine P. Hutchinson wrote a lovely review of our Smoky Quartz and Garnet mala. Here’s an excerpt:

Although there are many styles and lengths of malas, I am most intrigued by the semi-precious gemstone wrist-mala, also called Power Beads. More specifically, it is the Tara Mala with which I have made a connection. In my search for sources that offer such an item, I found that the purchase of a mala of any sort can be a tricky proposition. Be warned that all malas are not created equal. There are quite a few retailers offering inferior products?especially malas that are supposedly made with semi-precious stones.

One reputable source for this sacred jewelry is the online site Celedra. Their Tara Malas are designed and so named for the fully enlightened feminine goddess Tara, whom the Tibetans call Jetsun Drolma. She is also known as the Savioress who assists supplicants toward their awakening. In reverence, the Tara Mala has twenty-one beads to represent the twenty-one praises to Tara and, as with all malas, has the terminus guru bead, which is said to be the symbol of spiritual source. This sacred adornment is of high quality and superior craftsmanship. Any owner would be pleased to use and wear this mala.

Click here to read the entire review.

The Mantra-Mala Connection

September 15, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


As unexpected blessings in life tend to, my involvement with Celedra and Touchstones of the Sacred seemed to blossom from out of nowhere and my gratitude for this endeavor in my life is profound.

In addition to writing for Touchstones of the Sacred, I am also involved in marketing and sales aspects of Celedra LLC. Whenever I visit a retailer and open my sample kit of malas it feels like I am opening a treasure chest of sacred objects, which in fact I am! There is a palpable energy that the malas, both gemstone and wood emit. A gentle wash of awe and lightness seems to descend over myself and any store personnel as we handle each mala and discuss their magnetic beauty. Read more »

Journey to Tibet

August 26, 2009 By: celedra Category: Tibet


The Birth of Tara Malas and our Non-Profit

Was it in January when I realized that reaching the ?old? age of 60 was just 6 months away? As the psychotherapist, I spent decades witnessing my clients, as well as friends and family, go through a sort of ?birth canal? as they prepare for certain important initiations in life. God, the thought of turning 60 and having my life stay the same as it currently was, was absolutely appalling! It wasn?t that any particular part was appalling; it was just the overall stuckness of it.

I prayed one of the big prayers. You know, the ones where you say, ?Dear God, Buddha, Tara, Mary, all the angels, Jesus, anyone else who might be listening, I completely and totally surrender my life to you. Please take me and show me my very highest purpose. I completely trust, I let go. I only know that this is not it. No matter what you want, I will do. I hold on to nothing.?

Then nothing happened ? for about a month. . . .

Tara and the Nangchen Nuns

My husband Porter makes malas, aka prayer beads. We decided to design a new line of wrist malas for women. We?d had this business (actually a hobby)  for years. It could have been a prototype for ?mom and pop operation? with a bit of daughter thrown in. He?d perfected his mala making to beautiful pieces of spiritual jewelry. Carlos Santana, Jack Kornfield and many other notable spiritual seekers purchase and use his malas. Daughter, Kristine, made us a homemade website that Porter occasionally upgraded.

Anyway, he did this design around the beginning of February and named them ?Tara Malas?, due to the fact that there are 21 beads and 21 praises to Tara. We had dinner with our friends Debra and Geo a few days later. Now here we were sitting in our favorite meeting place, the Lotus Restaurant, eating the same round of food that we have been eating together for 5 or 6 years. Somehow it is comforting to know that we will probably be going to this same restaurant, eating the same round of food for another 10 ? 15 years.

Tara Malas

I was wearing the new Tara mala, a beautiful jade with garnet and carnelian and a gold guru bead, as Debra went on the say that Lama Palden, our mutual dear friend, would be doing a Women?s Day long Retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. The event was entailed ?Empowering the Awakening Feminine ? A Benefit for the Nangchen Nuns? and, of course the divine Tara was the focus of the Awakened Feminine.

Do you ever get one of those feelings inside when magnificent possibility meets with auspicious serendipity? I have a tendency to bubble over with enthusiasm, which I immediately tried on calm and ground. But I just ?knew? that somehow the ethers had parted and grace was looking me right in the face. I called my friend Lama Palden the next day and we set up a meeting at her house. I offered that we sell our Tara Malas at the event with the proceeds going to Nangchen Nuns (who I still knew nothing about!) Palden spoke to me then about these dedicated women, the plight of their survival, and the great work that Thoknyi Rinpoche was doing as their avid supporter. Almost simultaneously, we thought of the possibility of the nuns making Tara Malas as a cottage industry. Through the course of multitudes of tweaks and changes, pounds of trust and patience and a mountain of divine grace, here we are in Tibet.

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