WHAT IS A MALA?

A Mala is an ancient meditation tool that originated in India around the 8th century B.C.E. It was developed to keep the mind focused and clear from thoughts. Over two-thirds of the world's population employ some type of counting beads as part of their spiritual practice. Mala beads are used in many other cultures and religions but are known by different names, such as prayer beads, rosary beads, and worry beads. 

BENEFITS OF USING A MALA FOR MEDITATION: 

  • Deepens meditation

  • Slows down respiration

  • Boosts concentration

  • Increases well-being

  • Heightens positive thought patterns

  • Gathers energy

  • Redirects the mind from daily chatter

  • Offers a necessary moment of quiet solitude for yourself

A full Mala contains 108 counting beads plus one guru bead, and is long enough to wear as a necklace or can be wrapped around your wrist several times. Traditional Malas are hand-knotted between each counting bead. The guru (teacher) bead is often larger than the other counting mantra beads and it provides a starting and ending point for counting the repetitions of the mantra. A tassel is connected to the end of the guru bead to finish the Mala with a final knot. 

The number 108 has a very powerful significance in science and spirituality. According to Vedic cosmology, 108 is the basis of creation, and represents the universe and our existence. Hindu culture believes that outer cosmology should mirror our inner spirituality because our ultimate realization is that we are one and the same. This is why all mantras are chanted 108 times because each chant represents a journey from our material self towards our highest spiritual self. The heart chakra is said to have 108 energy lines that converge to form this energy center. The Sun's diameter is 108 times larger than the diameter of the Earth, and the distance between the Sun and Earth is 108 times the Sun's diameter. There are 108 sacred holy sites in India, and 108 karma (acupressure-like) points on the body. 

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