Vedic Four Cardinal Directions Guardians – Himalayan World Imports Handcrafted art, jewelry, and collectibles Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:01:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Forgiveness Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:01:01 +0000 Continue reading »]]> It would be much more constructive
If people tried to understand their supposed enemies.
Learning to forgive
Is much more useful
Than merely picking up
A stone and
Throwing it at the object
Of one’s anger,
the more so when
The provocation is extreme
For it is under the greatest
adversity that there exists
The greatest potential
For doing good,
Both for
Oneself and others.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Confidence in Oneself Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:12:01 +0000 Continue reading »]]> Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling ‘I am of no value’ is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – So what are you lacking? If you have will-power, then you can do anything. It is usually said that you are your own master

H.H. The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

The XIV Dalai Lama Commentary on a Good Heart Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:25:35 +0000 Continue reading »]]> A good heart is both important and effective in daily life. If in a small family, even without children, the members have a warm heart for each other, a peaceful atmosphere will be created. However, if one of the persons feels angry, immediately the atmosphere in the house becomes tense. Despite good food or a nice television set, you will lose peace and calm. Thus things depend more on the mind than on matter. Matter is important, we must have it. We must use it properly, but in this century we must combine a good brain with a good heart.

The XIV Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Loving Kindness Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:40:44 +0000 Continue reading »]]> Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents and then later on in our life when we are oppressed by sickness and become old, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. Since at the beginning and end of our lives we are so dependent on others kindness, how can it be that in the middle we neglect kindness towards others?

The 14th Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Pride Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:48:25 +0000 If you assume a humble attitude, your own good qualities will increase, whereas when you are full of pride there is no way to be happy. You will become jealous of others, angry with them, and look down on them, due to which an unpleasant atmosphere will be created and unhappiness in society will increase.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Religious Diversity Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:09:54 +0000 Continue reading »]]> All religions share a common root, which is limitless compassion. They emphasize human improvement, love, respect for others, and compassion for the suffering of others. In so far as love is essential in every religion, we could say that love is a universal religion. But the various techniques and methods for developing love differ widely between the traditions. I don’t think there could ever be just one single philosophy or one single religion. Since there are so many different types of people, with a range of tendencies and inclinations, it is quite fitting that there are differences between religions. And the fact that there are so many different descriptions of the religious path shows how rich religion is.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama’s Commentary on Selfishness Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:17:40 +0000 Continue reading »]]> Selfishness

We can also approach the importance of compassion through intelligent reasoning. If I help another person, and show concerns for him or her, then I myself will benefit from that. However, if I harm others, eventually I will be in trouble. I often joke, half sincerely and half seriously, saying that if we wish to be truly selfish, then we should be wisely selfish rather than foolishly selfish. Our intelligence can help to adjust our attitude in this respect if we use it well, we can gain insights as to how we can fulfill our own self-interest by leading a compassionate way of life.

Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheels Thu, 04 Feb 2016 23:42:08 +0000 Continue reading »]]> BoneOmMani


Bone Prayer Wheel


Prayer wheels are as much  used  as meditation tools as well as a means of generating and spreading positive energy.  Used for centuries in the Tibetan culture, the hand held versions are used as personal devotional items while the larger ones are used around Buddhist stupas and in monasteries.  Filled with the rolled up scrolls with the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” written hundreds upon thousands of time on the scroll, it is believed that a single spin of the prayer will activate the manta as  many times as it is inscribed upon the scroll.  The activated mantras benefit all living beings from the smallest organism and insects to the larger animals and human beings.  Happiness is believed to be the relief of suffering; the release from desire, pain, hunger and thirst.  In the short mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, the wish for the suffering of all living beings is evoked, a compassion and empathy for all beings.

The prayer wheels are spun in homes and by pilgrims who all wish for the release of suffering.  In homes hours are spent spinning the wheel and in the case of pilgrims, days and months are dedicated to the altruistic repetition of the mantra and the spinning of the wheel.

Antique prayer wheels are very difficult to distinguish from modern conventional ones because the construction is the same.Prayer wheels are made the same way that they have been made for centuries, being completely hand hammered and hand forged.  In days gone by, the scrolls were all hand written but with the advent of printing and copy machines, the wheels can be filled with even more mantras, printed in small and even script.  Larger and multiple prayer wheels are desired over smaller ones as they contain more mantras, thus multiplying the effects of a single spin of the wheel.

In our modern world, prayer wheels are good to hang in an areas where people walk by frequently such as your front door, or near your kitchen.  Wall mounted styles with wood carved by traditional Newari artisans of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal hold the metal or bone prayer wheels that are made in Patan, Nepal. Alternatively, table top versions can grace your alter or coffee table.  Prayer wheels  are another of the arts have been made for centuries as family traditions, thus perfecting the craftsmanship through lifetimes of experience. Hang a prayer wheel at the entrance to your home or meditation space and begin to generate compassion on a regular basis.


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Table Top Prayer Wheel


Copper Sheet being hammered for a wheel.


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Wall mounted prayer wheel in a wood frame.

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Tibetan Incense Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:03:15 +0000 Continue reading »]]> 002 (4)

In Tibet the tradition of using incense exists since the beginning of the culture which dates back to 3000 years.  Buddhism flourished to a great extent in the 7th century AD under the reign of successive religious kings of Tibet, along with the preservation and development of making incense based on the secret texts by the great Indian Buddhist scholar Nargarjuna.  Various formulas for making incense were developed by the great scholar of Tibetan medicine like Zurkhar Lodoe Gyalop and Deumar in 17th and 17th century AD respectively.  These were well reserved by the modern scholars like Ven. Dr. Kyenrab Norbu and in accordance with traditional formulas. Herbs used in the incense are organically grown and sustainably planted, the herbs benefit from some of the purest and most natural conditions in the world.  No artificial ingredients are used in the making of the incense.  Generally Tibetan incense is used for puja, daily offering, purification and as an air freshener.

Pyrite Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:39:44 +0000 Continue reading »]]> We have a new stone that has just arrived.  It is one that you must include in your collection.  Put them near your bedside table, or on your window sill where it can collect the sun’s rays and magnify the stones energy into your environment.  Pyrite is known to be a stone for luck, health, and wealth.  It shields against negative energies of all kinds.  Pyrite promotes good physical health and emotional well being.  It is particularly useful for the work environment as it increases energy and clarity.  Pyrite makes a great gift of those in convalescence.