“ O Krishna, with your sapphire blue skin and intoxicating eyes,
what strange spell have you cast over me, Dark One?”
(Traditional Thumri, 12th Century AD)
VRINDAVAN HINDU DEVOTIONAL OIL
A compound of sacred botanical extracts infused in Earth Attar and Aged Naturally
Provenance: Uttar Pradesh State, North India
Vrindavan Devotional Oil is one of the oldest and respected Hindu devotional oils from North India. This complex spiritual oil blend has been prepared in India for centuries. Certain trees and flowers are objects of worship throughout India and are considered to house the energies of many gods and goddesses. Vrindavan Devotional Oil is composed of resins from select sacred trees such as the Kadam, Ashoka, Banyan, Red Sandalwood, and the Neem. These resins are collected and infused in a blend of extracts from sacred Hindu botanicals such as tulsi (holy basil), camphor and lotus flowers. The resins and botanicals are steam distilled and further infused in a base of India Earth Attar. The sensuous blend is then aged in clay vessels for a period of up to two years resulting in a highly aromatic, deeply evocative and complex perfumed oil. All these plants were once all commonly found in the Vrindavan forest, the childhood abode of Lord Krishna, hence the name of the blend.
The Significance of Various Resin and Botanical Extracts
Kadam trees and their flowers have been considered sacred by the Indians for centuries. The tree is symbolic of virtue, fulfilment and eternal abundance. Krishna was known to adore the Kadam tree and its perfume and was often seen playing his flute under the cool shade of the aromatic kadam.
Ashoka is another legendary trees of India and represents sensuality, as it is said to house the energy of Kama, the Hindu god of love. There are also numerous stories of Lord Krishna’s nightly visits to meet with his beloved consort, Radha, under an Ashoka tree in the moonlight. Ashoka trees therefore are a symbol of purity and romantic love.
The Banyan tree has been worshipped for thousands of years in India. It symbolizes the Trimurti: Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. The roots being Brahma, the trunk Vishnu and the leaves Shiva. It is a symbol of life and fertility in many Hindu cultures. Lord Krishna is also associated with this tree, as he had died under it, after which the present Kali Yuga (Age of Darkness) started.
The Red Sandalwood, another very sacred tree in India, is considered to be like a sage among many people. Sandalwood paste is used in virtually all Hindu religious rituals. The paste is smeared on the foreheads of devotees of Vishnu and is meant to cool and protect the “Agni chakra” present between the eyebrows. Sandalwood, its paste and oil are used in many Hindu purification ceremonies.
Neem trees are said to be a manifestation of the Saptimatrikas, the Seven Hindu Goddesses of Protection. Essence of neem, therefore, is used in many Hindu ceremonies to protect people and places from destructive malevolent spirits.
In Hindu culture, Tulsi or Holy Basil is associated with purity. Tulsi is also prized in Ayurveda, where it is considered to be an integral part of a sophisticated healing system. Dark leaved Tulsi or “Krishna Tulsi” is used in practically every temple in India for worship.
Camphor is widely used in Hindu religious ceremonies. Hindus worship a sacred flame (homa) by burning camphor, which forms an important part of many religious ceremonies. As a natural pitch substance, it burns cool without leaving an ash residue, which symbolizes spiritual consciousness.
The Lotus flower has always been considered to be a symbol of beauty, purity and divinity. The flower itself has been deified and is highly revered by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains alike. In Hinduism, many deities are pictured sitting upon a lotus or holding a lotus flower. Rising up pure and unsullied from the depths of the muddy swamp, the lotus represents the manifestation of the Divine. Lotus flowers, therefore, symbolize spiritual enlightenment and eternal devotion.
Although the oil blend pays homage to a whole range of Hindu deities, it is mainly used to worship Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, the Hindu god of Preservation. This is because Krishna embodies all the qualities of this devotional blend: love, purity, generosity, protection, devotion and most importantly, spiritual consciousness.
The blend is soothing and has a smoky and sweet earthy scent with deep camphoric backnotes. It is multi-dimensional and layered and evokes a sense of timelessness. Normally this oil is used in minute amounts in a copper aromatherapy lamp to facilitate meditation, yoga or to create a peaceful soulful environment. It is also applied to murtis (Hindu devotional images) as a spiritual offering and to activate the “third eye.”
Vrindavan Devotional Oil stimulates numerous chakra houses making it a virtual “chakra powerhouse.” It promotes the first and foremost, the Muladhara, the first chakra house, as the grounding effects of this oil are significant. The Seventh, Fourth, Second and Sixth chakra houses are also strongly promoted in varying levels respectively.