Mala Prayer Beads – Portable Power

Mala Beads

Mala Prayer Beads – Portable Power

Mala beads: Ideally, 108 is the total of beads due to its sacred meaning in numerology,  though any multiple of 9 is ok too (i.e. 27, 54). The beads can be made up of many different types of textured things such as lotus seeds, sandalwood, rosewood, crystals, precious stones, and the most common, rudraksha seeds.

Well-made traditional Mala beads will usually have overhand knotting which simply means placing knots in between each bead to provide greater space between them while making the strand stronger.

The Guru Bead: The 109th bead is called the Guru bead and though it is not to be meditated or prayed upon, it does symbolize the student-guru relationship from which the student gets a mantra. “Gu-ru” means going from darkness to light.

Tassel: The Guru bead is often attached to a tassel which represents oneness and our connection to the Divine as it ties together all the strands/beads that make it up. Sometimes referred to as the 1,000 petaled lotus flower,  it also helps transfer the energy down to your body.

USING YOUR MALA

  1. Sit down in a relaxed position.
  2. Hold your mala in your right hand by resting the strand on your middle finger.
  3. Start by placing the 1st bead next to the Guru bead between your thumb (the Earth element) and the middle (the sky element) finger. Do not use your index finger as it represents a fire or the ego and it may “burn out” the energy of the mala.
  4. Meditate or quietly chant your chosen mantra completely on this 1st bead.
  5. Repeat with all beads consecutively by rolling the beads towards you until reaching the guru bead again. Do not cross over the guru bead if wanting to continue meditation after reaching the final Mala bead. You have to flip over the strand and continue meditating the opposite direction.

PORTABLE POWER

 A wonderful benefit of Mala prayer beads is that they are fairly portable, especially with the varying sizes available; even available as bracelets. These options provide it, practitioners, with easier access to meditation or even constant interaction with its energy by wearing the beads throughout the day.  Many carry their beads in cleansed, designated bead bags to protect them.

Namaste,

Jenny

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Blue Mala beads

Count On your Mala prayer beads

If you are looking to expand your meditation practice like I am, a good place to start is by getting your own Mala prayer beads or ‘meditation garland’ in Sanskrit .Developed in India 3000 years ago for the specific type of meditation called Japa (meaning “to recite”), Mala beads have roots in Hinduism and Buddhism.  Lots of practitioners, including yogis, find great benefit from these beautiful beads since they help increase focus during meditation as well as helping with counting or keeping track of their mantra.  As the person meditates on each of the 108 individual beads, a mantra can be chanted or envisioned.

Mala beads can be charged,blessed or activated with an intention. This can be done with the type of beads themselves (i.e. amethyst for crown Chakra, black onyx for strength).This charging is particularly important to masters or yogis for protection, better connection with the Divine and increased soul power during meditation as they may be tested by negative energy during the process.

SACRED ARRANGEMENT

Blue Mala 2

Mala beads: Ideally, 108 is the total of beads due to its sacred meaning in numerology,  though any multiple of 9 is ok too (i.e. 27, 54). The beads can be made up of many different types of textured things such as lotus seeds, sandalwood, rosewood, crystals, precious stones, and the most common, rudraksha seeds.

Well-made traditional Mala beads will usually have overhand knotting which simply means placing knots in between each bead to provide greater space between them while making the strand stronger.

The Guru Bead: The 109th bead is called the Guru bead and though it is not to be meditated or prayed upon, it does symbolize the student-guru relationship from which the student gets a mantra. “Gu-ru” means going from darkness to light.

Tassel: The Guru bead is often attached to a tassel which represents oneness and our connection to the Divine as it ties together all the strands/beads that make it up. Sometimes referred to as the 1,000 petaled lotus flower,  it also helps transfer the energy down to your body.

USING YOUR MALA

  1. Sit down in a relaxed position.
  2. Hold your mala in your right hand by resting the strand on your middle finger.
  3. Start by placing the 1st bead next to the Guru bead between your thumb (the Earth element) and the middle (the sky element) finger. Do not use your index finger as it represents a fire or the ego and it may “burn out” the energy of the mala.
  4. Meditate or quietly chant your chosen mantra completely on this 1st bead.
  5. Repeat with all beads consecutively by rolling the beads towards you until reaching the guru bead again. Do not cross over the guru bead if wanting to continue meditation after reaching the final Mala bead. You have to flip over the strand and continue meditating the opposite direction.

PORTABLE POWER

 A wonderful benefit of Mala prayer beads is that they are fairly portable, especially with the varying sizes available; even available as bracelets. These options provide it, practitioners, with easier access to meditation or even constant interaction with its energy by wearing the beads throughout the day.  Many carry their beads in cleansed, designated bead bags to protect them.

Namaste,

Jenny

#malabeads #meditation #Buddhism  #Hinduism #portable #enlightenment #mantra #intention #yoga #personalgrowth #spirituality #holistikclub #spiritualgrowth #namaste #beads #om

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