“So… Okay,” you may be wondering… “Great. My Root Chakra is out of balance. What does this have to do
with the most beautiful Mala in the world?”
Here’s the connection.
A Mala is a beaded rosary or string of prayer beads used during chanting or meditation
. They are employed to focus one’s awareness and concentration during spiritual practice.
Though the number of beads varies from mala to mala, the most common ones are the 108 bead full Mala and the 27 bead wrist mala (4 X 27 = 108).
In addition, the Malas always have a larger, more decorative meru (guru bead) and a spacer bead.
Additional silver or gold counters are attached to keep track of the hundreds and thousands of bhums (repetitions of 108).
A burgundy or maroon cord threads the beads together and also symbolizes the unbroken lineage teachings and bloodline of the Buddha.
The way that you use a Mala is that you hold it in your left (receiving) hand, with the beads between your index finger and thumb.
Then, you count mantra recitations and focus your concentration on what you want to achieve during practice.
*(Counting mantras with your Mala occupies the hand/body, reciting mantra occupies the voice, and visualization of the deity occupies the mind).
By focusing these three aspects of yourself onto the practice at once, the benefits are multiplied and the spiritual merit accumulates…