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When we first started on eBay in 2003, there were usually 200 to 300 listed Dzi Beads, of which 95% were all machine mass manufactured copies or imitations.
Today, a simple search on Dzi Beads will bring up more than a 1,000 of such items, of which 99% are not authentic.
Given the lucrative income these "fakes" derived, it is no wonder everyone wants a share of the pie, without remorse or considerations of defrauding buyers indiscriminately.
*** At this junction, we will like to thank all our esteemed patrons, who had trusted us and continued purchasing with us. ***
We will try to explain Dzi Beads as much as we can by stating that, firstly, there is NO authority in this world to fully explain the real nature and truth about Dzi Beads.
These Beads were either Man-Made or Natural Mineral Stones, adorned with motifs and patterns, whether natural or etched upon by Tibetan Master Craftsmen.
Natural Mineral Dzi Beads
These Natural Minerals were collected, cleaned and polished to reveal the beautiful inner natural patterned formations, deserving of a Dzi Bead.
Tibetan Man-Made Dzi Beads ( Using Ancient Methods )
These Dzi Beads were made from Special Natural Stains collected from the Tibetan wilderness and "impregnated" onto natural Mineral stones, with specific ethnic patterns and motifs.
Tibetan Dzi Beads are individually hand-made, with each Bead bearing its unique features and meanings.
After intense firing in extreme temperatures and pressure, these patterned designs are "etched" onto the natural stone.
After weathering and long term wear, the colors tend to be eroded or look "faded".
Texture after prolonged handling will also show pigmentations, oxidations and wear markings, sometimes even fine cracks.
Older Dzi Beads may even show rust oxidation on the designs, since there may be some natural metals which maybe mixed into the etching process, unknowingly.
Facts & Myths
Dzi Beads originated from the Tibetan Culture, either collected as natural mineral patterned beads or made to suit their beliefs.
Stories about these Beads "falling from the sky", or even as "creatures from the ground" are just folklores, and have yet to be proven.
There are still some Tibetan descendents from these original craftsmen who are still designing and hand-making these Dzi Beads and most are still kept as offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas or kept as Talismans and Family Heirlooms. You may search for "Jowo Rinpoche" in websites and you can find that Tibetans adorn the Buddha with Dzi Beads.
We derive our information from the Lord Buddha's Dharma, our Elders and our experience.
Tibetan Dzi Beads are mentioned in the Medicine Buddha's Healing Dharma as an ingredient in the formulation of Spiritual Cures, and adorned on Holy Statues as a form of Spiritual Offering.
Inscriptions on Dzi Beads serve different interpretations, according to that particular Master Craftsman's village and the nature of implorations of blessings. What works for a particular village has a different significance to another. Remember that in Tibet, villages are thousands of miles apart, seperated by rivers, mountains and ridges.
Dzi Beads are made from natural minerals and will carry different degrees of magnetic flux, inherent in that particular mineral.
Please do not be mislead by others telling you about how "powerful" a Dzi Bead is, because of the magnetic flux, which obviously will diminish naturally as time passes.
Dzi Beads & Karma
In Tibetan Buddhism, we trust the Triple Gems - the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
There are no grounds for superstitious or other beliefs.
In the Lord Buddha's Dharma, One derives benefits or punishments, solely by One's Karma - Good or Bad.
Karma CANNOT be transferred, destroyed or given.
What One Sows, One Reaps !
Therefore, Sellers marketing their Dzi Beads as "powerful", "strong" or similar meanings, are themselves creating Negative Karma for themselves. Buyers believing in these "theories" are themselves accumulating Negative Karma for buying out of superstitious, greed and motivating these Sellers through purchase.
When One accumulates Bad Karma, no matter how many "powerful" or "strong" talismans One has, that Bad Karma still stays - this is the Law of Karma !
Retribution can come during this lifetime, after this lifetime or even instantaneous !
Similarly. Good Karma stays with One, regardless of time.
You may view the Dzi Bead as a "battery cell" - which is constantly charged by the Karmic Forces, good and bad. Once this Dzi Bead is "transferred" to another, all the Karmic Forces accumulated will reside back with the Original Owner who accumulated the Forces.
NO transfer of "power" or Karmic Forces is affected from the Original Owner to the New Owner.
The New Owner, thus starts with an "empty battery cell", to be charged again with that Owner's Karmic Forces.
Blessings of Dzi Beads are usually performed by the Holy Sanghas, Rinpoches and Holinesses. By these Blessings, it is prayed that the Dzi Bead will serve as a Guide, Platform and Reminder for Good Intentions and Karma. There is no transference of "spiritual powers" to the Dzi Bead.
Whether a Dzi Bead is "clean" or "fouled" is determined by the Owner's thoughts and actions and the accumulation of Good or Bad Karma.
Selecting a Dzi Bead
There are no "better" or "more superior" types of Dzi Beads.
The selection of Dzi Beads is very personal, regardless of type, patterns, age or size.Older Dzi Beads carry a higher price because of its historical, mineral and heritage values, nothing else !!!
Our advise when selecting a Dzi Bead :
- There must be "Karmic" attraction - ie. when first looked at, One must feel an attraction to that Bead.
- If possible, hold the Dzi Bead in your palm and you should feel warmth.
- If possible, hold the Dzi Bead on its ends with your fingers and you should feel some form of "energy" flow.
- Have some general knowledge of the Dzi Bead you are selecting.
- Pigmentations, patterns and designs must be well defined and balanced, with concessions catered for aging and wear marks.
- Read proper and detailed descriptions, when available.
- Buy from a trustworthy source, auction house, seller or merchant.
Should be within your set purchasing budget.
If in doubt, always ask for opinions and more information from the Seller, before committing to a purchase.
As for the "fakes" in the market, if you are familiar with Dzi Beads, than the appearances and textures of the Bead will be a very good indication.
Most "fakes" are very, very smooth, shiny and flawless. The designs are clearly defined, sometimes with very new colorations, and "non-traditional motifs".
Sellers of these "fake" beads are usually unable to explain in details in their item descriptions since they may themselves be unsure or there is basically nothing to explain the origins.
Check with the Sellers of those "misrepresented" theories of Dzi Beads, and also their religious background. Ask them about the Refuge Vows and the Laws of the Indestructible Karma.
If these Sellers understand these Theories and Teachings from the Holy Dharma, perhaps we have done them a Good Deed by bringing them to the Right Path !!!
Om Mani Padme Hum
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