Sarita Shrestha offers Himalayan goods at Tibet Imports in Denver

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Looking for a gift for someone special? Then stop by Tibet Imports on the corner of 6th Avenue and Washington Street in Denver. Owner Sarita Shrestha opened the store over a decade ago to provide the community with handicrafts from Nepal, Tibet, and India. 

Sarita’s philosophy is simple. She wants to be of service to everyone who walks through the door. So she stocks a variety of items, from clothing and jewelry to prayer flags and singing bowls that range in price from a few dollars to a few hundred.

She also offers one-on-one healing sessions and group classes in prayer (mala) bead making. “We are all climbing the same mountain on different paths. That’s why I offer items from diverse faiths like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Because all faiths teach that we are children of God and that peace and happiness come from within.”

When Sarita gives healing sessions, she invites people to connect to their divinity. When they do, they feel great love. She then asks them to speak to themselves tenderly, understanding that their words and thoughts have power. Through meditation, healing stones, and prayer mantras she helps them set a positive intention—and encourages them to use these techniques when they fall into negative thoughts.

“Once people cultivate love within themselves, they are better able to share it with others. Because prayer is less about asking and more about giving; giving thanks for what we have and our ability to offer it to those in need.”

Sarita knows of what she speaks. She took care of a U.S. couple working in Nepal and the couple then brought her to America. This gave her the opportunity to earn a Civil Engineering degree, become a business owner, and provide her son with a good education—things that would have been impossible in her village in Nepal where women marry as early as fifteen years of age.

Her experiences have given her a deep appreciation for life. She leaves me with the analogy of the lotus blooming in the mud. “Whatever happens, don’t think of it as good or bad. It’s just something you had to go through to learn. Without it, you couldn’t bloom into who you are meant to be.”

For more information, please visit Tibet Imports on Facebook or contact Sarita at (303) 355-2347 or sarita3677@gmail.com. Prayer (mala) bead making classes cost $25 and are arranged by appointment.

Why do Prayer Mala necklaces contain 108 beads?

  • In Vedic mathematics, 108 is called a Harshad (great joy) number, which is an integer divisible by the of its digits
  • In Tantric systems of subtle physiology, there are said to be 108 nadis (energy channels) that converge to form the heart chakra.
  • There are 108 marma points (concentrated centers of energy) in the human body.
  • There are 108 human feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
  • In Vedic astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 = 108.
  • India’s sacred river, the Ganga, spans a longitude of 12 degrees (79 to 91), and latitude of 9 degrees (22 to 31). 12 times 9 = 108.
  • It is said that 1 stands for God or higher truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.
  • The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
  • The average distance of the Moon from Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
  • In astrology, the metal silver is said to represent the moon. The atomic weight of silver is 108.
  • In Tantric traditions, it is said the average number of breaths per day is 21,600, of which 10,800 are solar energy and 10,800 are lunar energy. 108 x 100 = 10,800. 10,800 x 2 = 21,600.
  • The first manned space flight lasted 108 minutes, and was on April 12, 1961 by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut.
  • Chemistry periodic chart has 108 Elements. We have 108 Elements in the Universe.
  • 108 major bones in the human body.

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