A mala is a string of beads, used in different spiritual traditions to help to keep the mind focused during meditation or prayer. It originates from India. Mala beads traditionally were used for Japa Yoga, a special type of meditation with mantras. The term mala means meditation garland in Sanskrit.
Mala beads can be made of many materials. The authentic ones are made of sandalwood, rudraksha seeds or gemstones. Nowadays, mala beads are made out of a variety of materials like stones, wood, seeds, gems, pearls, and crystals.
Traditionally the mala bead necklaces and bracelets are hand knotted, the necklace usually featuring 108 beads. This number is an auspicious number in Hinduism, Buddhism, as well as in Yoga tradition.
Traditionally a mala has 108 beads with one "guru bead". This is larger than the rest and it is used as a place marker for the fingers to feel the beginning and the end of the mala bead set during Japa Yoga or mantra chanting session. Similar to praying with rosary beads, Japa Yoga meditation with mala has many positive effects.
Daily meditation with mala beads awakens an overall state of well-being. Repeating a traditional mantra redirects the mind from daily obsessions and creates a state of stillness and self-awareness.
Mala necklaces and bracelets are increasing in popularity nowadays. As already mentioned, mala beads are used for meditations, but lately, there are also used as decorations or jewelry. These beautiful bracelets and necklaces usually hold special significance for the wearer based on the specific energy resonance with the beads.
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