Dark Wood Mala with Turquoise Coloured Stone

R185.00

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Description

A Tibetan Buddhist mala, or rosary, is used to count mantra recitations while helping to focus awareness and concentration.

The goal is to feel the mala’s beads with the fingers, recite the mantra and visualise the deity at the same time – involving body, speech & mind.

Buddhist Malas are made with 108 beads as there are said to be 108 afflictions. In addition, after reciting 100 mantras eight extra mantras are recited to allow for any errors.

Tibetan malas often have counter beads at 27 bead intervals to aid the counting process and this is why some of our malas have 111 beads.  (108 beads + 3 counter beads = 111 beads)

Our wrist malas are made with:

•           27 beads (4 rounds of a 27 bead wrist mala equates to 108)

•           18 beads (6 rounds of an 18 bead wrist mala equates to 108)

•           21 beads

How to use your Mala

The mala is generally held in the left hand and used with gentleness and respect.

One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, starting with the first bead next to the “guru” bead. The guru bead is the 3 holed bead that is usually larger or more decorative. The first bead is held between the index finger and thumb, and with each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the index finger.

Recite one mantra; move your thumb and forefinger along to the next bead; recite the next mantra; then repeat.

After completing a full circuit of the mala, the practitioner flips the mala around 180 degrees (this takes some practice) and continues as before, in reverse order. One avoids passing over the “guru” bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one’s teacher.

When not in use please store your mala in a mala bag.

Please don’t wash your mala or wear your mala whilst bathing as this can weaken the mala thread. To clean your mala: gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place in sunlight to dry.

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