108 Bead Mala Symbolism: Ancient meditation tools created thousands of years ago by saints, sages and rishis. They are used to recite mantras that quiet and focus the mind. As we become calm and centered, we naturally radiate peace and calm to those around us. Traditionally, malas consist of 108 beads and a Guru bead at the very end by the tassel. The number 108 has special significance in geometry, and is regarded as sacred in many religious traditions throughout history. The Guru bead contains the spiritual energy of all the mantras.
To use your 108 Bead Mala, use the following as a guide: Sit comfortably and relax your body. Allow the mala to rest where it falls. Take the mala between your pointer and middle finger (there are nerve endings here that also help quite the mind). Start on one side of the guru bead and chant your chosen mantra silently or out loud, once for each bead. Work your way around the mala until you reach the Guru bead again. Avoid crossing over the Guru bead. Instead, if you wish to recite another round of 108, turn the mala around and work your way back in the other direction.
Gemstone Qualities unique to this piece:
- Rudraksha– Balancing, grounding, and purifying. Seeds of the Rudraksha tree are utilized as sacred prayer beads.