What Are Mala Beads?
Buddhist prayer beads or Malas are a traditional tool used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, breaths while meditating, counting prostrations, or the repetitions of a buddha’s name. They are similar to other forms of prayer beads used in various world religions and therefore the term “Buddhist rosary” also appears.
Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity. This sādhanā (practice) is known in Sanskrit as Japa. Malas are typically made with 18, 27, 54, or 108 beads.
How to Use Mala for Meditation?
The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways –
- In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead towards oneself with each repetition of the mantra.
- In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained – one bead at a time.
- Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala.
The practice begins at the summit bead (sumeru) and continues around the loop until the summit is reached again. The summit bead is never passed over. So if you plan to do more than 1 round, the mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction
Whenever the mala is taken up, it automatically conditions the mind to the meditative state.
Enjoy yoga meditation!
Hold the chakra mala in your hands or hang it in the room when you’re meditating. It helps a lot with meditation.
Premuim gemstone 108 mala beads
Our mala beads are handcrafted with natural gemstones, hand-knotted between each bead. The bead diameter is about 6mm. You can wear it as a necklace or bracelet. Genuine natural long beaded necklace with a quality weight. No dyed. No color enhanced.
Wrap 4-5 times around your wrist as a bracelet or hang around your necklace as a long beaded charm necklace.