Prabhuji's Gifts White Sage Smudge Medium - 1 Stick
Highly aromatic, Prabhuji's Gifts Medium White Sage Smudge Stick burns slow as its smoke carries its purifying properties throughout a room. Prabhuji's Gifts White Sage Smudge is known for its richness and strong aromatic scent infused with natural qualities suitable for purification of body, mind and spirit. Among the many species of the Sage plant that grow in different parts of the world, the "white sage" and its brother plant, the "High desert sage," are known for their spiritual benefits of cleansing negative energies which accumulated in the surroundings and the astral body.
Much More than a Business
Prabhuji’s Gifts (formerly Ramakrishnananda's Gifts), a manufacturer and wholesale supplier to global retailers, was founded by Prabhuji in 2001, with the inspiration to spread the magical power of fragrance along with the beauty of the Eastern spiritual wisdom, for the welfare of all.
Prabhuji’s Gifts supports Vimukti Yoga Mission, a New York-based, nonprofit religious organization that is home to a spiritual community, which was also founded by Prabhuji.
In various ways, the Vimukti Yoga Mission provides selfless service to others, a spiritual practice known as karma yoga. This includes: opening its temple doors to the community, offering online access to a wide variety of literature, video and audio lectures filled with spiritual wisdom, providing retreat grants as well as running humanitarian projects, such as: Ramakrishnananda Food Rescue Program, in which the organization feeds people in need, Ramakrishnananda Lifetime Pension, Ramakrishnananda Food Distribution Program in the Dominican Republic, Project Relaxation for War Veterans, Ramakrishnananda Green, among others.
When you buy their wide range of aromatic and spiritual products, you help support the spreading of the message of higher consciousness, peace and tolerance in the present world, through the ancient wisdom of Hinduism.
How did it all begin?
At a very young age, Prabhuji came in contact with the magical world of fragrances and their powerful effects. His grandmother, to whom he was deeply connected, was often occupied with shamanic work. Prabhuji loved to watch quietly as his grandmother repeated prayers, offered incense and burned herbs. He never really understood what she was doing when she mixed specific oils with certain resins, boiled petals and lit candles, but nevertheless, the aromatic mixture of unique fragrances penetrated his heart. When he asked her about her uncommon work, she said that she was helping various people with their different needs such as peace, love, friendship, health, wealth, etc.
The impact of aroma has never left Prabhuji and has grown stronger with the years, and so, throughout his life, he has continued to appreciate the magic and beauty of fragrances translating emotions into scents and perfumes into meanings. Occasionally, he has come across the identical fragrances that lingered in his grandmother’s house ... the smell of love, the scent of attraction, the perfume of health, the aroma of wealth. Significant milestones, events, and situations in life were marked in his consciousness with these scents. Years later, this same sensation is what initially attracted him to the path of devotion through what he called "the smell of God".
Many years before the Vimukti Yoga Mission and Prabhuji’s Gifts were established, Prabhuji developed a special love for incense through the deep spiritual impact he felt in his soul when he visited temples and met with great personalities as he sought the Truth. For him, this unique scent from the East was much more than "a good smell" but more of a direct link to a heart-lifting, divine experience. In his first yoga studio, he sold incense at the same price for which he had purchased it, having no business but only a spiritual attraction to the smoked fragrance and a sincere desire to serve others.
Over the years and with God’s grace, this turned out to be the first step toward Ramakrishnananda's Gifts, what is now Prabhuji’s Gifts, which grew in size, customers and product variety, while holding onto the same spirit of dedication and service to others.
The company now sells more than 30 different scents of sticks and resins.
Prabhuji’s Gifts, an expression of Prabhuji’s experience and an integral part of his life and soul, is a loving bridge between shamanic sources and Hindu wisdom.
About Their Products
Their range of natural products comes from different spiritual origins, including incense from Hindu and Buddhist heritages, sage traditionally used by Native Americans, herbal resin used by shamans, scents including frankincense and myrrh used in Christian practices, and attar oils of Muslim origin. This variety of sources reflects their message of love and tolerance for all religions and human beings, seeing one Divinity behind all names and forms.
Their products carry a special touch of spiritual energy, which their satisfied customers often testify, as they are filled with sincere devotion, infused with sacred mantras, and contain aromatic items that are selected individually to calm the mind and purify the heart.
They offer a wide variety of products, each personally examined by Prabhuji, who carefully tests their effects during meditation, choosing those which are especially beneficial to purify and balance the mind, and provide ideal surroundings for spiritual practice.
While many of their products aim to help one achieve goals and fulfill desires, others, such as the classic incense line, are not directed toward any specific goal but rather are intended to be offered to the Divine with an open heart and an attitude of giving, renunciation of all expectations and with complete trust that the Divine will give exactly what is needed. They are also not intended to be offered to a specific deity but rather given to one’s personal form of the Divine. When choosing the best as a gift to the Divine, surely we will be reciprocated, as the Lord says in the sacred Bhagavad Gita, 4:11:
‘In whatever way people surrender unto me. I reward them accordingly.’
Traditional and Natural Products
The ingredients of their products come from the finest choices of herbs and flowers that are hand-picked and dried naturally under the sun. Their products also include numerous spices, essential oils, natural resins, and more.
These herbs were chosen and used by the masters of different spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, Shamanism, Judeo-Christianity, Native American, Buddhism, etc, who studied their various qualities, combining them in numerous ways to create certain atmospheres and moods, optimizing the conditions for inner growth.
In addition to their exquisite fragrances, many of the natural ingredients in their products have excellent medicinal qualities that enhance them with vitality and power.
Their Natural Certifications
Prabhuji’s Gifts is getting greener by the day! Not only are they striving to offer you an ever-increasing variety of natural and socially conscious products, their business has reduced its own carbon footprint and increased its financial commitment to humanitarian projects.
They strongly believe that as we create harmony with our environment, we find peace and balance in ourselves. As Prabhuji says in his book Yoga Union with Reality: “When we cut down forests, contaminate water sources and destroy the ozone layer, we are actually damaging ourselves by incurring an imbalance in the cosmic body, of which we are an inseparable part. The fact cannot be ignored that one who alters the cosmic order will sooner or later be affected himself, because damage to nature is damage to ourselves.”
They are a Green America Certified Business
Prabhuji’s Gifts is now Green America certified! Green America is a not-for-profit organization that certifies businesses to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society, empowering consumers to take action through their purchases. The certification is a big step and gives official recognition to their efforts to use their business as a platform for positive social change.
The certification tells customers that Prabhuji’s Gifts is driven by its values, operating according to principles of social justice and environmental sustainability, runs its operations with environmental responsibility, is committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers and communities, and is accountable for its work and operates with transparency.
With heightened environmental awareness, Prabhuji’s Gifts now uses recycled boxes and other packing materials for the majority of their shipping, offsets the carbon emissions produced by transporting its products to customers, and has increased its in-house recycling. This comes after they reduced the amount of fuel required for day-to-day business operations in half by moving their shipping and production center to a more central location in 2011. In their office, they use energy efficient LED light bulbs, print on two sides of every piece of paper they use, and reduce the total amount of paper usage by as much as possible through using electronic messages and attachments whenever possible.
Socially conscious, they frequently send a representative to observe the working conditions of raw material suppliers to ensure they are being treated fairly, working in safe and healthy conditions, and ensuring there is no child labor.
The company has also increased its humanitarian donations and has become a significant donor to food distribution programs in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, as well as to a tuition center for children in need in India. These are in addition to the Food Rescue Program in New York State that the company has donated to for several years. Visit here for more information about the humanitarian projects that Prabhuji’s Gifts supports.
Their level of certification is categorized as ‘silver’, indicating that Prabhuji’s Gifts is deepening its commitment to both social and environmental responsibility by spearheading changes in their core business practices, along their supply chain, and in communities.
The initiatives that Prabhuji’s Gifts has completed with its Green America Gold Standard are too many to list here so they’ve highlighted just a few for you:
- Build an equitable, supportive and inclusive workplace
- Educate employees, customers and vendors
- Ensure a fair and responsible supply chain
- Reduce emissions and exposure to toxins
- Minimize transportation impacts
- Take a leadership role in an organization that continually works to improve the environment or social responsibility nationally or in their area.
- Conserve resources, recycle and minimize waste
- Track performance and progress
- Support responsible industry practices
- Support their community
- Operate with transparency
When you purchase their products, you support social and environmental responsibility!
As a Green America Certified Business, they adhere to the organization’s following aims:
Helping socially and environmentally responsible businesses emerge and thrive.
Promoting economic justice for farmers and artisans through fair trade
Using economic power to end abusive labor practices and promote living wages for workers worldwide.
Their Climate Action Campaign brings together individuals, shareholders, and communities to pressure corporate polluters to take climate change seriously.
Providing information to help you make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions in the corporate marketplace.
Providing tips and strategies to help you bring your investments in line with your social and environmental values.
Putting savings and investment dollars to work to provide much needed resources for affordable housing, health care, and credit access in underserved communities worldwide.
Giving you the information and action steps you need to vote your proxies in favor of socially and environmentally responsible corporate practices.
The Better Paper Project
Providing practical strategies and resources to magazine publishers for printing on environmentally preferable paper.
Shop & Unshop
Providing tips and strategies to green your purchasing--and help you stop buying what you don't need--that are practical, easy-to-use and fun!
They offset their carbon footprint
They are serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shrinking their carbon footprint! Every package that you order from us helps to fund a green project. They’ve reduced the waste that they create, and increased the amount that they recycle and reuse, and now they have found a way to off-set the emissions generated by shipping packages to their customers through GreenShipping. At no additional cost to their customers, they now counterbalance emissions from shipments within the U.S. by purchasing carbon off-sets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, which in turn funds environmental education to expand the use of renewable energy.
Prabhuji’s Gifts is pleased to help protect the environment with GreenShipping to make their shipments carbon neutral. Green Shipping’s service allows us to transport their products in a carbon neutral manner by providing an accurate method to measure and offset the carbon footprint of their UPS and U.S. Postal System shipments.
GreenShipping uses a carbon shipment calculator to determine the carbon dioxide emissions generated by each shipment, enabling us to compensate for the emissions. After the package has reached its destination, they purchase carbon offsets to neutralize the shipment’s effect on climate change.
The Bonneville Environmental Foundation carbon offsets that Prabhuji’s Gifts purchases through GreenShipping fund the construction of new renewable energy projects in North America that are displacing fossil fuels.
They recycle their shipping material
Call it recycling, call it reusing, or call it making the most of Mother Earth’s resources, they hope you will enjoy receiving your packages from us, knowing that not a single tree had to be cut down in order to get your products to you in perfect condition. They are now shipping most of their packages in boxes that are as good as new, along with recycled packaging. The boxes have been used before but are still strong and in new condition. When you receive a package that has been shipped in a recycled box, don’t be surprised if there is another company name printed on it. You will know it’s from us by their new colorful stickers.
They are members of the Natural Products Association
They are proud to be part of the Natural Products Association and they join in their efforts to promote natural products for healthy living. Prabhuji's Gifts takes the endeavor to comply with the standards set up by the association and they keep learning more through their webinars, conventions and educational material.
They are committed to Natural Ingredients Truth in Labeling
They made a pledge and they are holding themselves accountable. Prabhuji’s Gifts has signed a pledge to follow the Natural Ingredient Resource Center’s criteria for labeling natural ingredients and products. Its guidelines mirror those established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for organic food and guarantee that the products that they place this logo on are natural.
Natural Ingredient Resource Center "Truth in Labeling" Pledge
I voluntarily pledge that if and when I label an ingredient as "natural", the ingredient will fit the Natural Ingredient Resource Center Criteria for natural ingredients.
I voluntarily pledge that if and when I label products using the term "natural", the products will be labeled according to the Natural Ingredient Resource Center Guidelines for labeling natural products.
And I voluntarily pledge that if and when I display the NIRC 'Truth in Labeling' logo on a website, brochure or other marketing materials, I will primarily be offering products deemed "natural" as defined by the Natural Ingredient Resource Center guidelines.
Their efforts to maintain natural products and support eco-friendly communities is part of their spiritual values, as they see it as another expression of service, love and respect to God and humanity. As Prabhuji once said, "Whoever aspires to peace, happiness, health, and environmental integration, must change his abusive attitude toward nature for a relationship of respect, appreciation, and admiration."
Socially and Environmentally Conscious
In addition to the articulate attention that they give to the spiritual qualities and benefits of their products, it is important to them that they ensure the manufacturing process is in harmony with the society and environment in which they’re produced. Therefore, they maintain the following standards:
Their products are made by hand in their manufacturing outlets in India and the U.S.A. by artisans who make their living from these traditional crafts.
Their products are manufactured in outlets located in rural regions in order to provide employment to villagers in these areas. Their incense manufacturing outlets in India employ illiterate village women who would otherwise be unemployed, providing them with a protective and supportive working environment. In many cases, they also receive help in the form of education for themselves and their children.
They make sure that there is no child labor involved in the process, and that the rights and welfare of the workers are taken care of at the workplace.
Their products are natural, non-toxic and not tested on animals. The manufacturing process produces minimal to no waste. They are produced by hand in the traditional methods that have been passed down through the generations of holistic and ancient cultures like the Shamanic and the Vedic traditions, which worship nature as a manifestation of the Divine. Therefore, respect of nature is deeply rooted in their values.
They integrate recycled paper in their packaging and other printed material, and their packaging materials are recyclable.
The ingredients of their products are mostly harvested and collected by hand, dried out in the open air under the sun, and then manually mixed, rolled, and packed. In this way, they lovingly enjoy the gifts and talents given by nature rather than wasting and exhausting resources.
In their U.S. warehouses and offices, they use energy-efficient electricity and maintain the policy of saving as much energy as possible. Their environmentally conscious staff constantly endeavors to find ways to recycle packing materials and reduce energy consumption.
H.H. Avadhuta Sri Ramakrishnananda Babaji Maharaja, who is respectfully and lovingly called "Prabhuji", is a religious philosopher, a mystic, a yogi and a realized spiritual master in several of the main yogic paths.
Prabhuji was born in Santiago, Republic of Chile, on March 21, 1958. At the age of eight, he had a mystical experience that impelled him to search for the Truth and set the course of his life. He has dedicated his life to serve God and humanity, and has become a true source of inspiration, enriching the lives of thousands of people both within and beyond the framework of Hinduism.
Prabhuji lives a contemplative life of prayer and meditation in the Vimukti Yoga Ashram, located in the Catskill Mountains, in New York State, U.S.A. In this heavenly place, surrounded by forests and creeks, he shares the direct experience of his true nature with sincere seekers who visit him in search of advice, guidance and instruction.