Article by AMBER

Hello all, my name is Amber, my blog is: and I have a post for you today focusing on a brief discussion of mala beads.

A mala is, put simply, a string of beads that are used in a meditation practice.

It is used as a tool to help count during mantras, and acts as a tactile guide as you sit in silence.

Malas can be made of many different materials, for example some are made using rudraksha seeds and sandalwood. 

What Is The Tassel?

The mala tassel has multiple meanings.

A common meaning is that as the strings come together as one to form the tassel, it represents our connection to the divine and to each other.

I personally love the concept of it representing oneness.

The Guru Bead

The Guru Bead is the bead that the tassel attaches directly to. When the tassel is strung on a necklace, the Guru Bead is often the 109th bead.

The Guru Bead is said to symbolize the Guru from who the student has received a mantra being used or recited, and pay homage to the student-guru connection.

Overhand Knotting

Overhand knotting not only makes the mala stronger, it is a true sign of a traditionally crafted mala, it also provides the perfect opportunity for Japa Meditation – a meditation that uses each bead to count a repetition of a mantra.

History of Mala

Mala beads have been used by yogis, monks and spiritual seekers for thousands of years to aid their minds in focusing during meditation.

Malas are known to have first been created in India 3000 years ago with roots in Hinduism and Buddhism; they were, and are still, used for a specific style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite”. The name ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.”

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  1. Rudraksha is one of the miraculous creations of nature, where the seed is shaped by number of clefts on its surface. These clefts are known as ‘Mukhis’, or faces. There are about 1 to 38 Mukhi rudraksha present. In most cases, 1 to 14 Mukhi rudraksha are used for astrological purpose.

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