A mala, or japmala, is a string 108 prayer beads and one Guru bead. Used to help count the chanting of a mantra (prayer) in spiritual traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism spanning 3000 years of practice.
An essential tool in meditation, a mala can be worn as a necklace, around your wrist or, keep it in your sacred space. Use your mala to count your mantra (prayer) as you are sitting in meditation.
This practice is good to help you get centered, turn inward, and focus on your intentions.
How to use a mala?
Helps to keep your wandering mind in focus while doing meditation.
Start your mantra chant from the bead after the guru bead, counting the beads as you recite your mantra. Always use the thumb and forefinger to move through the beads one at a time.
Keep focused on your intent while reciting your mantra until you complete counting the 108 beads and end at the guru bead. You are welcome to repeat the cycle by counting the beads back the way you came to the guru bead again.
Whether you are a first-timer or expert, your mind will wander! The mala is a reminder to keep your focus and intention on the prayer way.
What is the Significance of 108?
Did you know there are 108 pressure points in the human body according to the Ayurveda tradition?
There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals.
There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.
The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
108 is said to refer to the number of Hindu deities. Some say that each of the gods has 108 names.
Another explanation defines number 1 as the higher presence, 0 as the beginning, and number 8 as infinity and abundance. Repeating a Mantra 108 times brings us closer to cosmic energies and a step closer to our manifestation.