Tibetan Dzi Bead

Tibetan Dzi BeadsDzi bead (pronounced “zee” or “gzi”) is a bead stone originated from Tibet and the Himalayan mountains and worn as part of a necklace and bracelet. The meaning of Tibetan word “dzi” translates to “brightness, shine, clearness, splendor”. In Chinese, they are called “heaven’s beads” or “heaven’s pearls”. These beads are believed to provide positive spiritual benefit and therefore they are often sought for talisman or amulet. It has the ability to protect its wearer from negative forces such as evil spirits, sickness, misfortune etc. Dzi can also balance the yin-yang and the five elements of its wearer’s body. They are sometimes even ground up into a powder to be used as medicine.

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Being the Tibetan’s most precious gemstone, dzi beads are worshipped and passed down from generations to generations. In Tibet, the ancient pure dzi beads can even be used for mortgage purposes in banks. Dzi beads that are made of natural agate are the most highly prized dzi beads. You should not choose beads that are broken as they are believed to have a diluted benefit.

Patterns and Meaning

Dzi are found primarily in Tibet and also in neighbouring Bhutan, Ladakh, Nepal and Sikkim. Dzi stones may have decorated symbols composed of square, circles, ovals, waves (zig zags), lines, stripes, dots, diamonds, eyes and various other natural archetypal symbolic patterns. Their colors mainly range from blacks to browns with the pattern usually being in ivory white.

Different patterns found on the surface of the dzi bead is said to serve a different purpose. For example, one-eyed dzi beads are used to promote growth and brilliance in wisdom while a 13-eyed dzi is used to promote serenity and tranquility. For businessmen, they are recommended to have the three-eyed dzi as it is said to help in bringing wealth and prosperity. Usually the most favored bead is the nine-eyed dzi as it is believed to have the powers to bring about compassion, glory and power.

Dzi come close to the primitive Bon religion in Tibet. An eye dzi signifies protection by the Buddha’s eyes. The important Bon canons are divided in 9 Vehicles: Causes Vehicles (1st to the 4th), Effects Vehicles (5th to the 8th) and the 9th is the Mahayana or the Supreme Vehicle.

The highest number of eyes on ancient dzi is twelve although a 13-eye bead has been reported from Taiwanese collector but its genuinness has been unconfirmed and therefore any beads having more than 12 eyes is considered non-traditional.

Power and Energy

The power (cosmic energy or the natural magnetic field) of antique dzi is the strongest. The older it is, the easier you can feel its energy with your bare hands. Many new beads dont have any of the mystic aura of the ancient ones but it is said that if you take them to be blessed by a Lama, a Guru, take them to pilgrimages and initiations, stupas and shrines and reciting mantras as well as take religious vows with them, this will give them a similar power to the ancient ones.

To rid the stone of bad energies (the sale of the dzi and motivation during creation can be bad or even criminal), submerge the stone in saltwater for few hours and take some incense and then fan it over the dzi. Herbal smudging and sun basking is also said to purify the beads. Spirit aroma offering as well as recitation of Cintamani dharani could also be helpful in charging the bead. After the process, the dzi should be treated with respect. When one engages in any inpure activity, the dzi should be taken off. If a history of an ancient dzi cannot be known, then you should not buy it as it may contain some bad energies or bad luck.

 

 

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