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I'm sorry I didn't email you sooner. It'd like to thank you for the restringing you did of my sandalwood mala. I use it often and always have it with.
Thanks also for this new work. It's lovely. I'd love to get out to Salt Spring sometime and would surely look you up.
Let me tell you first how much I like your beautiful malas and admire your work. I am now returning with a new order and want to let you know how I sincerely appreciate what you do.
I just received my mala and wrist mala today. I can not be more appreciative for the hard work you put in to both of them. Even though I have not met you personally, as I come across my guru bead I will remember what I have learned from you and cherish the teaching as I cherish life and death. I will continue to read through your website because each word I read and each video I watch puts a smile on my face, a tear to my eye, and understanding to my soul.
I just wanted to thank you for my mala. I received it on Monday and had been looking forward to it. It is beautiful! I showed my yoga teacher and she agreed to cleanse and bless it for me tomorrow.
I am so glad I found you!
With sincere gratitude!
Thank you for the truly wonderful malas! I'm happy knowing my support will help you continue to carry on this craft. Peace.
I wanted to share with you what a very powerful and very unique mala you have assembled. All of the aspects of it are in keeping with "Its intent" - and very auspicious events and things have been unfolding as "It" awakens. I will strongly suggest that this configuration of mala is not for the curious or "someone who is dabbling." It, as well as the practice which is being pursued, all requires a great deal of respect, humility, honored and continuing practice as well as focused meditation.
Not that you need this, but to the best of my poor abilities, you have my experiences to validate the authenticity and claims of your materials on your website.
(NOTE: The mala we made for Scott is a choloke and serpentine mala)
It must be a wonderful feeling knowing you are part of peoples personal internal journey towards peace and oneness... I am so happy to have found a Canadian "Mom and Pop" shop. Your store page has a "home" feeling to it, and your customer service has the same feel.
I hope they (my comments) help others decide to choose DestinationOM.
Thank you so much Gaurang! I will be telling everyone about how good of an experience I've had. Your work is incredible, don't ever stop making these marvelous malas!
In receipt of the precious mala. Worth it to spend the extra and get it here quickly. I opened the package and wept for joy as I held the seeds for the first time. It was as if meeting a primordial friend, one who had been with me intangibly for ages, and just now in this incarnation, is with me in a more tangible way.
I have a sanskrit prayer used as a pilgrim puts on the seeds and takes them off. I had thought there would be knots between each seed, but I trust you, and feel as though providence lead me to the one most qualified to be the agent for getting this into my hands.
I always find the best rosary (mala) for Buddhist, but in Tibetan Buddhism we need different rosary when we practice the different methods. So I find “ DESTINATION OM ”, the mala they made can use for all methods. In Taiwan we call it dragon eye bodhi or triangle bodhi. I am also a buddhist, in fact.
I am currently taking care of a stupa conserving relics of 7th Changchia Hutuktu, a great Guru of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. In 1957, he reached nirvana and was cremated in Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan. He is also the Buddhist Master of all emperors in Qing Dynasty. Moreover, he is not only one of the Four Dharma Kings in Gelugpa, but also the most prestigious Dharma Kings in Gelugpa and the most prestigious Dharma King in Inner Mongolia (please read my blog for more information).
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/jw!lvzx6GieFRjncORMtwiMfti73ak-/ (written in Chinese)
So, I recommend these mala for everyone. Now!
Mr.Gaurang and me are best friend.
* (Zhen-Ru purchased many bodhi seed malas from DestinationOM and introduced many of his friends to our site, facilitating the sale of malas to them for us.)
Gaurang, I received the beautiful mala today. It is beyond my expectations. Thank you for your gift of creating these tools of prayer.
I would like to thank you for the wonderful malas. They arrived only after 5 days in switzerland (from Bodhgaya, India) and are just gorgeous. My mother and I would like to thank you, we are loving the new malas and they just fit perfectly. It is amazing how different they are and how they fit us well..
The fast and personal reply from you is great and I would recommend DestinationOM.
The amazing wrist mala arrived safely today (from Bodhgaya, India) and I am very very happy with it. It is a beautiful piece of work and yes I found the 6 seeds in their little yellow paper pouch. It was even a bit big for me which was good and the details of the custom order were just as they should be.
I opened the package with one of my best friends on the phone, as he lives in B.C. and I am in Alberta. He was very moved by my sharing the opening with him and it brought him much peace and relief to be part of all our connected actions.
I've received the malas. I love them very much. And THANK YOU very very much for the seeds and the branch (from THE Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya, India - offered to Jianian as a gift). They are very very precious!!
I just received my sandalwood mala, and I love it!!!!!!!!! The quality, craftmanship, and labor of love are out of this world. Thank you for the professionalism with the delivery, and the overall initial reception. I will definitely be back for more.
* I thought this was a sweet email and wanted to post it here as an offering to others to check out the site more thoroughly as our goal from the onset of "the business" was (and still is) to offer a place where people can learn meditation and hopefully benefit as Dillon has offered in this email. ** We advised him to CLICK HERE to go to the page he mentioned that is still on our site under the link MANTRA/MALA INSTRUCTIONS.
Gaurang B. McIntyre
I got the sandalwood wrist mala today and I LOVE IT! The beads are such a warm color and smell so wonderful, the color of the cord is perfectly harmonious with the wood, and the mother of pearl beads add a nice little shimmer. It is a treasure! Im so glad I searched and searched til I found your site.
Thank you so much,
I had been looking for a lotus seed mala for a while but I hadn´t found one with the proper design. I was looking for a tool with mystical origin, made by people who really know what they are doing and have a certain consciousness. The Energy they put into their work is because it is something that I will be using for my practice on a daily basis, I didn't just want threaded beads like a souvenir necklace.
After reading Gaurang´s story of where he learned to make the malas, and how he collects his supplies all over the world following the local traditions, and how he is into spiritual practices, it made me realize that I had found a place and an artist that could bring a real mala to life.
I got in touch with them and had almost immediate response, even though Gaurang was on his pilgrimage, Catherine was of great service. The purchase was made and on the tenth day the package with the three malas I ordered was received on my front door.
When I opened the package I was stunned, the product completely surpassed my expectations, they were far better than in the pictures (obviously). These malas really have a meaning and each one has unique characteristics according to the materials used in their crafting.
I can tell you that I am a very satisfied costumer regarding quality, variety, price, time of delivery and service (so is my wife since one was for her). I highly recommend Destination Om to anyone, anywhere, who is thinking of getting one of these unique pieces and in the future I would love to get some more myself. Thanks for everything.
These malas are powerful healing tools. Use them with love, wisdom and respect.
Blessings to all.
One of my main hopes for the show was to find a mala to help me to focus on my mantra. The effect has been transformative, having a physical focus has helped me enormously. I feel more focussed and purposeful when reciting my mantra.
Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your gentleness, your advice and your craftsmanship.
I do wish that I'd taken more time to look at the full size mala's you had with you but I've been on your wonderful website and one particular mala has caught my eye.
Thank you very much for the mala you helped design and make for me. I
love the expert craftsmanship and appreciate the time you took with me
to get to what I wanted. I am so happy with it and when it arrived it
was even better than the original pictures.
I would highly recommend Destination Om to anyone. The purchasing
process is exactly how it is stated on the site, no money changed
hands until I was happy with the final mala.
I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the malas I've received from you and to thank you for your speedy shipping. I really appreciate how willing you've been to work with me, making sure I'm 100% happy with everything.
So often I've found malas being sold elsewhere that are made with inferior grade materials and constructed poorly or even strung with damaged beads; but your products are exceptional. The quality of the beads etc. and your meticulous workmanship make them a joy to use.
The slip knot you've incorporated into the wrist mala design is ingenious and makes it easy for me to slip the mala on and off when I'm carrying it during the day. It's a simple and elegant addition that I've found very practical for meditation, allowing me to adjust the space between the beads myself.
I find the malas you've made for me to be soothing and very comforting to use. Just holding one of them helps me to center myself and allows me to focus on what's truly important. :) My humble thanks.
I just received my 3rd Mala from Brian and his wonderful team here at Destination Om. Once again the care and craftsmanship has far exceeded any expectations I had. They're not just wonderful, well made items here, but built with care, and extensive spiritual understanding. Brian has become my "portal" to the east. I contact him with ideas, not fully sure of what to make my Mala out of, or what items I need to order next to further my practice. After a brief explanation of where I'm at with my meditation practice, and current contemplations he's always been able to offer very kind, and profoundly insightful suggestions. Different from most other business's I encounter he usually encourages simplicity and lessens my order, rather than increasing it.
I myself have great dreams of going to India/Tibet one day very soon. Though I have not yet been, the people I've met who are from those places are continually impressed by the quality, and authenticity of the Malas I've purchased from Brian. This to me says a great deal.
Whether it's a Mala, a Meditation Cushion, or any other item carried by Brian, I always feel safe asking his advice, and confident in the wisdom he shares.
If you're reading this, I wish you endless happiness and blessings. THANK YOU BRIAN!
I want to thank you for the exceptional work that you did on my mala. I opened the package and it brought tears to my eyes. The mala came to me after meeting Amma in Mangalore and it was an incredible experience. I treasure that memory and having my mala restored is now part of a new memory. Your energetic touch has now become part of the crystal and I want to thank you for that. I love the silver bead and the om pendant. They work perfectly. It was easy to trust you and myself during this whole experience. It was a lesson – to wait for the right time and place and the right thing always happens.
With love, Salimah.
The decision to personalize a mala with Brian was enjoyable. He was very considerate and a gentlemen during the whole process. I received the mala and it is fantastic - the shipping was very fast even though it can become slow once it arrives on Sardegna.
Out of all the malas I've used, my Destination Om mala is by far my favorite.
It has been about a month since I received the malas Brian made for me. I have never met Brian in person, but I have found that his malas are charged with spiritual energy that really makes them a true meditation tool for progress on my spiritual path. This is a true gift. Other than that, the malas I received are very well-made -- strong and beautiful. Thank you Brian.
The malas arrived today! I can't believe the delivery was this fast. I'm very satisfied, they are absolutely beautiful. Just have to say thank you Brian! I'm really looking forward to doing business with you again.
For anyone looking for a mala I will absolutely recommend you. I could not be more happy with the experience. I got just the custom made malas I was looking for and all my e-mails where answered right away.
Doing business with you felt more like communicating with a friend. The malas even arrived in just 3 business days to Finland!
I just wanted to thank you for the wrist mala you made for me. I think it's great and I especially like the way you construct your slip knots. I have other wrist malas of which some are the stretchy kind and others with a pull method but I don't really like the way they fit.
I found your mala to fit perfectly comfortable.
I really like your work and plan to only deal with you for all my future mala needs!
Thanks again and blessings to you and your staff.
- Shawn Mac
I received my mala from Destination OM and I have to say everything from the quality of the mala itself to the customer service was exceptional.
Brian does his utmost to give you the mala that will help you along your path and does it with love.
Your service was really fast, with really quick mail exchange (notwithstanding my confusing emails...), and incredibly fast making and shipping. I had it here five days after our last email!
Thank you again, and take care.
The service was very good, the shipment was quick and I am very pleased with the mala.
I am looking forward to doing business with you again.
I am extremely pleased with my custom mala that Brian made and shipped from Bodhgaya in June 2008. While searching for mala information, I found Brian and his helpful videos posted on YouTube. These videos led me to DestinationOM.com and their wide selection of malas and other prayer tools. I was interested in a simple custom mala design and browsed the hundreds of mala photos on DestinationOM.com to gather ideas. Brian always replied promptly in our email exchanges while determining the design. He then provided detailed photos of the finished mala which allowed me to either request further changes or approve the design. Brian got it right the first time; the mala he made was just what I was looking for. Brian’s “stretcher” slip knot is a welcome feature for adjusting the bead spacing and it works very well.
When shipping seemed to take a long time (which it should from India!), Brian even offered to make a second mala and ship promptly from Canada. I told him the delay was no problem and within a few days my mala arrived. Brian’s lifetime guarantee with free repairs means my mala should last forever.
Together with prompt and courteous personal service, Brian strives to aid our spiritual goals by providing high quality unique products, instructions, guidance, history, theory, meanings, and techniques.
May all beings be well and happy.
"I just received my new mala today. It is perfect in every way. I
have exchanged over two dozen emails with Brian over the course of a
month going over specific details of what I was looking for. Brian
took the time to work closely with me on this mala. He kept me
informed of supply issues he was having and delays that might create.
That is appreciated in this day and age where honesty sometimes takes a
backseat to keeping up false appearances. I was very particular what I
wanted with this mala and some of the materials that I wanted to use
weren't the easiest to get. Brian came up with some great ideas for
the mala that I hadn't thought about and I am grateful for his ideas
I am impressed with Brian and his diligence. He definitely goes the extra mile delivering a truly custom mala. Rest assured that Brian will do what he can to make your purchase a very pleasant experience.
I wish Brian many blessings and the best of luck with his business endeavors."
Firstly, allow me to say that when it comes to creating a personal and custom mala, Brian is a champion. After a few emails back and forth, Brian had drawn up the plans for my mala. Every request I made was received and answered. I've never experienced a more pleasant exchange in my dealings.
searched far and wide for a mala that would combine being spiritually
fulfilling and discreet enough to be practical while at work.
Destination Om had exactly what I was looking for. My Bodhgaya lotus
seed wrist mala has already encountered the harshest environs and it
stands up exceptionally well. The quality is masterful. I had some
concerns about the slipknot and whether it would hold but it has vastly
exceeded original expectations.
This is a first quality design. Very strong.
After a few emails, Brian sent me a picture of my mala, already made and ready to be shipped. I was amazed at the speed and precision of his work. I expected something of this nature to take a few weeks in order to complete. No. Brian had made it in a day's time. The fact that he accepts PayPal is a huge bonus.
All in all I give this experience a 10 out of 10. It really strengthens my faith and puts me at ease that there are people like Brian in the world. All the best.
I truly want to thank Brian for his assistance in designing a mala that
is special to me. His patience and suggestions resulted in a
beautiful mala that felt perfect the moment I began using it.
My prayers are deeply personal and I think it's only fitting that my mala be also. Not only is it beautiful; it's also one of a kind. Brian uses only the highest quality, authentic components in his craft.
It took several emails back and forth but Brian wanted to make sure I would be happy with the design. I found Destination Om's website full of information for using a mala and meditating. It was fun browsing through all the pictures of Brian's travels on the website also.
This was a great experience!
I've now ordered two wrist malas from DestinationOM and just wanted to comment on the experience. Right from the start Brian has been really understanding about my many questions. Throughout the process it was clear he wanted me to be happy with what was made by responding quickly with information and pictures of different options. After receiving the first mala I found it to be even nicer than the pictures. You can tell that Brian really wants his customers to be happy and get good use out of what he crafts. Between the great communication, ease of payment and delivery times, and the really nice malas I recommend DestinationOM!
I am extremely pleased and content with the custom ordered malas from Destination Om. What struck me the most is how personable and prompt the communication is. My requests were always considered as if speaking with a true friend; this assures me that not only are the malas themselves high quality and well made but the maker himself is truely an embodiment of the purpose of these malas. I never doubt that whatever price I pay (even though the prices are extremely reasonable) will go to good use.
My custom mala took on a aura of tranquility and strength as soon as I held it in my hands. It has guided me through many peaceful meditations and many to come. Destination Om is one of the few businesses you'll find that you can be completely sure that quality, communication, price and artistry are all based in meditation not greed.
First off - thank you thank you for awesome customer service. The beautiful and powerful malas you created for me is exactly what you described. I feel fortunate to have been able to be a part of your journey and know that you have enhanced my spiritual path.
Great service, great communication and brilliant Lapis Lazuli mala. I originally contacted Destination OM to repair my favourite mala because the string had snapped, Brian did such a great job I enquired about the possiblility of him making a Lapis Lazuli mala which he did. The rest is history!
Blessings to All!
"The custom malas from Destination OM are magnificent. Not only is the level of customer service amazing, but the time and commitment of Brian to make the malas is wonderful. If anything at all is wrong, or not to your liking, he will, without qualm, remake it exactly as you wish. The shipping is fast, reliable, and the malas are worth every penny. This is the second time I have ordered a custom mala from Destination OM, and I would go nowhere else to have such a special instrument crafted. Brian uses the highest quality materials, of the truest origin of those materials, and it is reflected in the mala. Thanks again."
I was looking for a mala that i can use in my meditations, Brian's slip knot was perfect. The communication in the custom construction of my mala was superb. He was there every step of the way helping me and being patient with this first timer. After extensive searching i decided to go with destination Om and i don't regret a second of it. I will be buying from Brian again. God Bless him and his skills.
I found DestinationOM while searching the web in August of 2007 for a Sandalwood mala…My first impression was that ..”This site is different”…which it truly is…in the variety of malas…the “stretcher” innovation… the mentoring through…”Instructions”…”Writings” …“On the Move”…and… ”Photo Album” sections…Brian’s sharing of experiences…which for someone like myself who has been practicing for less than a year…has been most helpful…and inspiring…
I have purchased 4 malas, and three sets of counters from DestinationOM and have been thoroughly satisfied with the quality of the items and most appreciative of the care that went into their making… Coupled with that is Brian’s passion for what he does…the journey he’s on…and his selflessness, generosity, “No Problem”…and…No Worries” attitude…
Customer service is a critical underpinning to any business endeavor…and DestinationOM’s is exemplary…The quick and detailed responses to inquiries and requests…the processing of orders…the ease of navigating their always expanding website…has made each purchase a pleasure… “they get it”or rather…”it’s who they are”…
I’m most appreciative of Brian and Catherine’s efforts… and Destination OM is where I will go for mala purchases for self and gifts…for repairs…and where I will direct others when asked about custom made malas...continued successes…and my sincere and deep appreciation for all you do…