The Mother's Fragrances (Packed for Peace)  

Floral & Woody Incense
 

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These incense fragrances are made in South India according to an ancient tradition from the purest floral essences and a delicate blend of more than 20 scented flowers, herbs and wood powders, hand-rolled on a fine bamboo shaft. These are pure and intense incense fragrances which emit a light white smoke, perfect for burning in enclosed spaces.

Every fragrance, like every sound and color, carries a unique vibration or consciousness. The purest and most refined fragrances are suggestive of the highest states of spiritual consciousness. This incense is made in an atmosphere where meditation abides and carries with it vibrations of peace, purity, aspiration, devotion, light, love, bliss, beauty, and oneness. When burned it creates a supportive atmosphere for meditation and harmonious living.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this incense is donated to international efforts to promote peace and development.

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An Ancient Tradition Revived

How our Incense is Made

Years ago we embarked on a great adventure, in search of a long lost secret, a hidden treasure, a sacred art buried in the distant past and all but forgotten.

It has been known since the dawn of man that when natural substances such as flowers, bark, wood, roots, seeds and herbs are burned, they emit a rich variety of different and often very beautiful fragrances. Over the course of time a systematic search of nature was carried out and bountiful aromatic treasures were found concealed within the delicate petals of a jasmine blossom, a tiny ambrette seed, a resinous droplet of sap from the spicewood tree and countless others of nature's unsuspected hiding places.

The use of incense was common to many ancient cultures - usually as a part of religious worship or as a luxury of the rich. Often it consisted of little more than the sweetly scented sap of a particular tree which was burned over coals - such as the frankincense and myrrh of Biblical renown.

In ancient India this science of fragrances matured into a sacred art. Many thousands of years ago, Vedic rishis discovered that each fragrance -- like each color and sound -- possesses a particular quality of its own with a power to induce an uplifting state of consciousness. Burning incense became a means to create a peaceful atmosphere, to prevent illness, as a support for happy and harmonious living, and as an aid to meditation and the quest for spiritual enlightenment. The art of the rishis involved the careful combination and delicate blending of many aromatic substances to produce beautiful and uplifting fragrances.

The technique used was known as the "masala" method - meaning mixture. A variety of scented flowers, herbs, leaves, essential oils, resins, and wood powders were blended with water to form a dough. A tree resin with adhesive properties was added as a binding agent. Then the dough was gently rolled onto a thin sliver of bamboo and allowed to dry in the shade.

The real secret to this technique lay in the "spices" which were added to bring out the full-bodied richness of each scent. Orris root was added to impart sweetness. Saffron, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sage, sweetbriar and thyme provided an enchanting variety of accents. Ambrette seeds gave a musk-like fragrance, and so on.

Wood powders formed the base and bulk of the dough. For deep rich fragrances like musk and amber, precious sandalwood powder was added. For delicate floral fragrances like jasmine and lotus, charred coconut husk was used, because it burns almost without any scent of its own.

To these powders were added the distilled essence of rose, jasmine, champaca, or lotus blossoms. The resinous extract of various tree gums such as benzoin, labdanum or olibanum were added as natural fixatives to preserve the scent.

Like most ancient traditions, this sacred art gradually faded with the coming of our modern age of science, secularism and materialism. Incense became another product to be manufactured as cheaply as possible and marketed as a commercial commodity, devoid of inner feeling or higher value.

The old masala method of specially blending a different mixture of scented powders for each fragrance was replaced by a far easier and less expensive technique called dipping, in which unscented sawdust or charcoal sticks are dipped into a solution of scented oil diluted with a chemical solvent and synthetic fixative.

Even in India the ancient art has changed into an industry. The old masala formulas were forgotten. Dipping and dilution with solvents became the standard technology. More and lower priced synthetics replaced natural ingredients. Only the practise of handrolling sticks is maintained, but these are unscented sticks used only for dipping.

Our quest was begun to revive a lost art, not just to imitate what was done of old, but to recast it to suit the tastes of our times. After a prolonged search and countless experiments, we have rediscovered the masala method and the secrets of nature's spices.

The Mother's Fragrances is made in the spirit of that ancient tradition by the age-old masala method--no dipping--to produce soft, light and subtle fragrances which emit only a little smoke, making them highly suitable for burning indoors.

We invite you to try all of our floral and woody fragrances

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-- Spiritual Qualities --

Fragrance

Sanskrit Name

Quality

Amber

Shanti

Peace

Ananda NagChampa    

Autumn Leaves

Dhyana

Meditation

Cedarwood

Prana

Vitality

Church Incense    

Cinnamon & Spice

Rasi

Positive Influences

Champa    

Frankincense

Shraddha

Faith

Gardenia

Lavanya

Beauty

Honeysuckle

Amrita

Delight

Jasmine

Pavitra

Purity

Lakshmi NagChampa

 

 

Lavender
Arjava
Sincerity

Lotus

Aditi

The Divine Mother

Musk

Agni

Aspiration

Myrrh

Hansa

The Human Soul

Orange Blossom

Sattwa

Harmony

Passion Flower

Mauna

Spiritual Silence

Patchouli

Samata

Equanimity

Rose

Bhakti

Devotion

Roses & Violets

Sukham

Happiness

Spicewood

Jyoti

Light

Spring Flowers

Sachchidananda

Existence-Consciousness-Bliss

Tuberose
 
The New Creation
Vanilla Yajna Consecration
Vishnu NagChampa    
Wild Flower    


The spiritual significance of the Sanskrit terms is explained in the text which follows.

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The Mother's Fragrances Symbolize the Spiritual Journey of the Human Soul

The Rig Veda, meaning Knowledge, is the oldest known spiritual text. In ancient India it was revered as a sacred book of wisdom, the words of rishis, seers and sages who veiled their spiritual and occult knowledge in the form of sacrificial hymns to heavenly deities. Only the initiates knew the esoteric and true significance of these hymns as a seeking after Truth, Light, and Immortality.

The symbolism of the Veda depends upon the image of the life of humanity as a sacrifice, a battle, a journey inward and upward for a Divine Realization. The gods are the forces of Light and Truth (powers and personalities of the Divine Consciousness), which aid each person in their ascent. These godheads are worshipped as aspects of the Supreme and their aid invoked along the way, but the goal is to rise beyond them all and achieve union, YOGA, with the Transcendent Divine and have the powers of the Divine Consciousness descend into oneself for self-perfection, SIDDHI.

The hymns center around the image of the sacrificial fire, the god AGNI, symbol of the soul's aspiration to reach divinity. The sacrifice, YAJNA, is each individual's consecration of all they are to the Divine. The seeker invokes Agni to grant the vitality, PRANA, faith, SHRADDHA, courage, SAHASAM, sincerity, ARJAVA, and meditative concentration, DHYANA, necessary for the journey and realisation.

The journey involves a purification of one's being, symbolised by the strainer, PAVITRA, through which all thoughts, feelings and impulses are offered to the Divine to be purified and uplifted. The seeker attains to an inner state of harmony, SATTWA, and calm equanimity, SAMATA. Through adoration and devotion, BHAKTI, the human soul offers itself in surrender to the Divine Mother, ADITI, and feels the touch of the Divine Consciousness coming as peace, SHANTI, light, JYOTI, spiritual silence, MAUNA, and happiness, SUKHAM. Having passed through the strainer, one's offering becomes the wine of immortality, AMRITA, symbol of Divine Bliss. The world around reveals the splendourous beauty, LAVANYA, of the Universal Divine, and the seeker finds the beneficient influence and touch of the Divine, RASI, coming in all aspects of life.

The liberated human soul, symbolised by the swan, HANSA, ascends the path of the Truth and arrives at the goal of the journey, the world of light, SWAR, in which one becomes conscious of the Transcendent Divine in its triune aspect of Existence-Consciousness- Bliss, SACHCHIDANANDA.



A Perfect Path Of The Truth Has Come Into Being For Our Journey To The Other Shore Beyond The Darkness. --
Rig Veda


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