Mala is originally a Sanskrit word that translates to “garland.”
Mala beads are traditional Buddhist and Hinduist beads that are used as a tool in prayer and meditation. In every garland or string, there are a total of 109 mala beads which guide the practitioner in counting the number of times a mantra is repeated or recited. This is also the precise count of number of breaths taken while in meditation, the number of worships or adorations, and the number of repetition of the Buddha’s name. As you move through the sacred mala beads, it is very crucial to remember not to touch them with the middle finger. This is deemed disrespectful.
Aside from being a tool in prayer and meditation, mala beads are also sacredly292aced in shrines as a beautiful reminder of their particular intentions and affirmations which we will more deeply delve into in the next sections.
What Is the Significance of 108 Malas plus One?
There are 108 reasons why it is always exactly 108 malas plus one.
Some of these reasons are that 108 is the number of goddesses whom a practitioner worships, the count of energy lines and points wherein the heart chakra meets to form, and the span of the sun’s diameter, i.e., it is 108 times larger than that of the earth.
The 109th bead is intended for offering of gratitude to mentors or teachers and the other significant people in the practitioner’s life.
Style Meets Deep Reflection: Some Kinds of Mala Beads for Specific Intentions
Mala beads are for the most part stringed into necklaces but there are also the creation of mala rings and mala bracelets whose number of mala count is different and which are used in prayer and meditation which last shorter than the usual.
They are beyond fashionable and stylish accessories. They are a subtle encouragement to achieve a calmer and more peaceful state of mind and soul, and a more balanced physical body.
Turquoise mala beads are for healing and protection. They are used and worn to purify the mind, the soul and the body by releasing negative energies from the practitioner and wearer. This stone serves as a mediator between the physical and the spiritual while nurturing better sense of serenity through the alignment of the 108 lines and points of the heart chakra.
Wear lava malas should you want to call on and achieve more strength. With this particular kind of mala, as a practitioner and wearer, you are provided for with better strength and clarity of judgment amid difficulties in life.
The rose quartz is the love mala. A string of 108 rose quartz will nourish the emotional aspect of the practitioner and wearer, healing your emotional pains and chasing away your fears, as it helps you to nurture more loving relationships with family, friends and partner, and even with strangers with whom you have a subtle connection.
Hold on to and meditate with lemon quartz mala for the fluidity of flowing creative juices and for the free expression of ideas. With lemon quartz mala beads, you find more courage to take calculated risks in experimenting with creativity. These are not only for practitioners and wearers who are in the field of the arts but also for every one of you who want to be creative in your achievement of a more constant optimistic state.