What are mala beads

Mala Beads Meaning

A mala, which is Sanskrit for garland, is a string of beads - typically 108, in addition to one guru bead - which are used as a meditation tool while chanting, reciting or silently repeating a mantra. Malas help the wearer focus their mind and are often used to recite mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.

The main perspective of buddhist prayer mala beads is to drive all beings with peace and bliss. The best use of buddhist prayer mala beads is for the recitation of mantra. These buddhist prayer mala beads is used during a period of recitation, like "Om Mani Padme Hum". Use of Buddhist prayer mala beads with the intention to bring greater happiness, joy, loving-kindness and serenity into the world.

Malas are made from various types of materials, including gemstones, wood, seeds or crystals. When not used for specifically meditation, malas can help wearers carry a sense of peace, calm, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day. Gemstones have been used for centuries for healing and to reflect energy from the earth. Each gemstone also has a particular meaning and healing properties, and wearers can choose their mala beads based on what they’re seeking from their meditation. Amethyst, for example, promotes spirituality and helps the wearer stay centered, spiritual and serene. Tiger’s Eye, on the other hand, promotes courage and helps the wearer stay powerful, grounded and mindful.

Our authentic pieces are handmade by us and each piece is hand knotted after each bead. We use only genuine gemstones and thread and even the tassel is made by us.

Our mala necklaces all reflect the number 108. Almost all of our malas have 108 beads and 7 spacers placed along the necklace. 

We are constantly learning how to improve our product, in terms of quality and this is the reason our products can present slightly differences, because we want what's best for you. 

Wearing mala beads reminds one to pay attention to one's daily actions. Different types of beads are used to heighten certain qualities of your character.

Why 108

There are many theories behind the significance of the number 108, which has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism.

Malas allow the wearer to keep count of mantra recitation, allowing her to stay focused, calm and relaxed while repeating a mantra 108 times.

In traditional Tibetan Buddhism, mala beads are often created using 108 beads, as a 108-bead mantra repetition represents the 108 worldly sins in the Buddhist doctrine.

In addition, the number 108 is considered to be sacred in many Eastern religions, representing the universe or higher Truth as one thing (1), emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice (0) and everything (8, or infinity). The numbers 9 and 12 also have spiritual significance in many Eastern religions, with 9 times 12 equaling 108.

In addition, the numbers 3 and 6 are significant in relation to mala beads, with Buddhist malas coming in three forms: 108, 54 and 27 beads. 

There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names and 108 Upanishads, text of the wisdom  of the ancient sages.

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. 

The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.

So everywhere you turn, there's 108.

Our malas are made of 108 beads, handknotted between each seed and gemstone and our goal is to help you during your yoga and meditation practice by staying focused on your intention or mantra.