Announcement   A portion of each sale will be donated to non-profit groups doing street dog relief and protection in India. Three groups I have personally volunteered with are Rishikesh Animal Care, a volunteer network providing on-site relief on the streets in Rishikesh; Animal Aid Unlimited, a sanctuary for street dogs and other street animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan India; and Help Animals India, a U.S.-registered non-profit providing grants to grass roots animal welfare organizations throughout India and Nepal. For more information, or to make a donation yourself, please go to animalaidunlimited.com, youcaring.com/rishikeshanimalcare, or helpanimalsindia.org.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” –Gandhi

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Last updated on Mar 21, 2017

A portion of each sale will be donated to non-profit groups doing street dog relief and protection in India. Three groups I have personally volunteered with are Rishikesh Animal Care, a volunteer network providing on-site relief on the streets in Rishikesh; Animal Aid Unlimited, a sanctuary for street dogs and other street animals in Udaipur, Rajasthan India; and Help Animals India, a U.S.-registered non-profit providing grants to grass roots animal welfare organizations throughout India and Nepal. For more information, or to make a donation yourself, please go to animalaidunlimited.com, youcaring.com/rishikeshanimalcare, or helpanimalsindia.org.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” –Gandhi

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Hand-knotted, Gayatri-infused.

There's just something about India.

My long-time dream of traveling to India came true in March 2012 when I participated in a comprehensive two-week teacher training retreat in the tradition of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation at Swami Rama Sadhaka Gram ashram in Rishikesh. Following the retreat, I stayed an additional two weeks exploring the wonders of this sacred city and the surrounding area. While I fell in love with the beauty of the energy, people, and surroundings, seeing the way the street dogs lived was difficult for me. I vowed that when I returned to India I would volunteer at a sanctuary for street animals.

Once home, I did my research discovered Animal Aid Unlimited in Udaipur, Rajasthan, a hospital and sanctuary for street animals (animalaidunlimited.com). I visited India for the second time in February 2014, spending two weeks doing volunteer therapy work with disabled dogs there. The following two weeks I spent back in my Rishikesh spiritual home.

2015 has brought even more opportunity to assist the street dogs of India. I became involved with Rishikesh Animal Care and have volunteered alongside them on their street rounds in March and October, as well as fundraised prior to traveling to India in order to bring a large quantity of bandages, gauze, and other lifesaving supplies to them. During my bandage research, I connected with International Street Dog Foundation (istreetdog.com) and delivered donated supplies to one of their partner charities in New Delhi as well as acted as a flight volunteer, bringing a deserving street dog back to the U.S. to be put up for adoption into a loving home. Through another valuable connection, Help Animals India (helpanimalsindia.org), I delivered vital pulse monitors donated to a new animal clinic they funded in Varanasi.

I clearly remember when the idea came to me to combine my two loves of yoga and animals into the creation of Devi Malas. I've been thrilled with how things continue to manifest to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.

My hope and intention is that your Devi Mala will be a tool to bring you closer to the Divine light that you are. You can be assured that a portion of each purchase is donated to the street dogs and other animals helped by Animal Aid, Rishikesh Animal Care or Help Animals India.

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    I am a student of the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Tradition, an authentic, experiential tradition with deep roots in the Himalayan mountains of India. Each Devi Mala is infused with the Gayatri mantra and love during its creation. Blessings!

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Last updated on May 18, 2018
Welcome to Devi Malas! I’m honored you stopped by.

Devi Malas are handcrafted by myself, Milwaukee designer Jackie Ratcliffe. They are a combination of function and art. A mala, also known as prayer beads, is typically used in meditation to keep count of one’s given or chosen mantra. It may also simply be worn around the neck (or wrapped around the wrist) as jewelry or as a reminder of an intention.

In keeping with tradition, I choose to use rudraksha, a seed that been used in malas for thousands of years by the sages and meditators of India, in each mala I create. The rudraksha are complemented by natural gemstones, known for their beauty as well as their spiritual, physical, and mystical properties. Each 108-bead Devi Mala is hand-knotted between each bead for longevity and for a pleasant flow through the fingers during use. All Devi Malas are “Gayatri-infused” as I recite this Sanskrit mantra of purification during the mala’s creation.

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All sales are final and I do not offer refunds, however your satisfaction is very important to me. If something doesn’t meet your expectations, please contact me immediately and we can work it out together.

If your mala breaks within six months of purchase, I will restring and reknot it at no charge. If it breaks after six months I charge a $40 restringing/reknotting fee. Please contact me through Etsy regarding this service. I do NOT recommend wrapping a knotted mala around your wrist to wear as a bracelet. The twisting and stretching required to do so, creates too much wear and tear on the thread leaving it susceptible to breakage.
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Devi Malas accepts all major credit cards, debit card, Etsy gift cards, and Paypal payments. I only accept cash on local orders (Milwaukee, WI). Sorry, no checks or money orders. Payment must be made and clear prior to shipping.
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US orders: All US orders are shipped after payment clears via USPS First Class or Priority Mail and include delivery confirmation. Once shipped, domestic packages usually take between 2-5 business days to arrive. Express Mail is available at an additional charge. If you want your order insured, please let me know and I will send you an updated paypal invoice with insurance added. Devi Malas is not responsible for any orders lost in the mail.

Local orders: If you live locally (Milwaukee, WI), I am happy to arrange a pickup and void the shipping costs. Email me at devimalas [!at] icloud.com.

International orders: International orders are sent First Class International Mail and can take up to 4 weeks to arrive. There is no tracking number available on international orders. Orders shipped to countries outside of the United States may be subject to import taxes, customs duties, and fees levied by the destination country. These fees are the responsibility of the buyer. For further information specific to your country, please contact your local customs office before purchasing. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond original delivery estimates.
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Q: What is a mantra?

A: A mantra is sort of like an affirmation. It is a positive message made up of one or more words, and when repeated over and over has a quieting effect on the mind. Traditionally mantras are Sanskrit, but they can be as simple as ‘peace’, ‘love’, or ‘let go’.


Q: How do I use my mala for mantra practice?

A: The repetition of a mantra using a mala is called ‘japa’ in Sanskrit. Mantra recitation, or japa, is an aid in calming the mind. One generally practices mantra meditation in the early morning or before going to bed, although it can be practiced at anytime. You can sit cross-legged on the floor or, if that doesn’t feel comfortable, you can sit in a chair with your feet flat on the earth. The most important thing is that your head, neck, and trunk are straight so you can breathe freely during your japa practice. Before you start, watch your breath as you inhale and exhale for a few moments to allow your mind to quiet.

To begin, hold the mala in your right hand and drape the strand over your middle finger or ring finger. Don’t touch the beads with your index finger as that finger is associated with ego. Start at the bead next to the meru bead (the biggest bead at the end by the tassel) and use your thumb to push each bead along as you recite your mantra. Keep your hand at heart level. You may rest the hanging part of the mala in the palm of your left hand just below your right.

One bead represents one recitation of your mantra. The recitation can be done out loud or internally. Once you have gone through all 108 beads of your mala, do not cross over the meru bead. You can stop your practice here or, to start another round, simply turn the mala around and continue your recitation in the opposite direction. You can practice as many rounds as you’d like. If you’re using a 27-bead mala bracelet, you’ll need to repeat three additional rounds after your first round to recite 108 mantras.

By reciting your mantra while using your mala, you ‘charge’ your mala with the energy of your mantra. One mala should be used for one mantra therefore when changing mantras a new mala should be used.

To learn more about using a mala for mantra meditation, I recommend these articles:

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/string-of-pearls-how-to-use-a-mala

https://yogainternational.com/article/view/overcoming-spiritual-darkness-the-practice-of-japa


Q: How do I care for my mala?

A: Please treat your mala with respect and be gentle with it. Avoid getting your mala wet and take it off before going to sleep. Bathing, swimming, or partaking in vigorous activities may lead to breakage or damage of your mala. Over time and use, the cord of your mala may stretch slightly as the knots relax. This is normal and to be expected. Avoid allowing children or pets to tug on your mala as this may cause excessive stretching, damage, or breakage. It is NOT recommended to wrap a knotted mala around your wrist to wear as a bracelet. The twisting and stretching required to do so creates too much wear and tear on the thread leaving it susceptible to breakage. If that is your main intention in wearing your mala, I would recommend an unknotted mala on stretch cord. Please contact me via Etsy for a custom order.

If your knotted mala breaks within six months of purchase, I will restring and reknot it at no charge. If it breaks after six months, I charge a $40 restringing/reknotting fee. Please contact me through Etsy regarding this service.


Q: Where can I learn more about gemstones?

A: Gemstone and crystal healing is a fascinating subject and there is much information available online and in print. Two of my favorite reference books are The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall and Love is in the Earth: A Kalaidoscope of Crystals by Melody.

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Devi Malas LLC
Jackie Ratcliffe
Milwaukee, WI USA
devimalas [!at] icloud.com

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