A Mala is a string of 108 beads with one larger guru bead, usually worn as a necklace or bracelet. It is used as a tool to help the wearer focus on their mantra while meditating. The quality of a Mala is important as it is meant to last a lifetime.
The parts of a well-constructed Mala are very symbolic and spiritual:
The traditional way of making a Mala is done with overhand knots, which not only makes it stronger but also provides the perfect space for Japa Meditation. You can use each bead as you go through your mantra and count repetitions to help yourself feel calmer in this fast-paced world we live in today. The knots between the beads represent the interconnection of all things in the universe.
The Guru Bead is the spiritual focal point of any necklace. It’s often 109th in number, and it symbolizes homage to both oneself as well as their guru from whom they’ve received a mantra or quote that has been used by them during meditation. The guru bead is a reminder that the wearer is on a spiritual path.
The tassel is a representation of our connection to the divine and each other. The fact that they come together as one represents oneness, which resonates deeply with us today because it reminds us how much love there really can be in this world-especially when we’re feeling disconnected from those around us or ourselves for any reason. It also represents enlightenment and the unfolding of our spiritual journey.
MARKERS / COUNTER BEADS
Depending on the type of Mala (Tibetan, Zen Style, Mantra), markers are used in the construction of a mala to identify the repetitions or rounds of a mantra. It can be made from various materials such as metals or semiprecious stones.
A Mala is not only a beautiful piece of jewelry, but it also has a lot of spiritual significance. The 108 beads represent the 108 opportunities we have to make a positive change in our lives, while the guru bead reminds us of our connection to the divine. The tassel represents unity and oneness, while markers or counter beads help us keep track of our mantra repetitions. Whether you’re wearing your Mala for meditation or simply as an accessory, know that its symbolism will always be with you.
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