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What Are Mala Beads? What Do Mala Beads Mean - Using Crystals for Beginners

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What Are Mala Beads? What Do Mala Beads Mean - Using Crystals for Beginners

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What is a Mala?

The Mala is a piece of jewelry that is used as prayer beads that have a very powerful effect on the mind, body, and spirit They are used in a meditation, mantra, and yoga practices and as a tool to manifest a desired outcome. Malas beads can be made of many healing and spiritual materials. The materials have their own amplifying abilities and often used are special types of woods with a grounding quality or different types of healing and amplifying crystals and gemstones.

Let's take a closer look on how a Mala is crafted as well as the benefits it brings.

There are 3 Parts to the Mala Necklace


Mala Part 1:

the 108 beads

In a traditionally made Mala there is a knot tied by hand that is blessed between every bead. The total amount of blessed beads adds up to 108.


Mala Part 2:

the Guru Bead.

It is the 109th bead, connected directly to the tassel. It is known to symbolize the Guru from whom the student has received his Mala.


Mala Part 3:

the Tassel.

The tassel represents our connection to the Divine and each other. It also symbolizes the state of enlightenment and deep meditation.


The Interesting History of Mala Beads

First created in India 3000 years ago, Malas were meditation tools that had roots in Yoga, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The Seers of India, or spiritual guides, understood the need for an aid during their spiritual practices and that is why, thousands of years ago, they started to use Mala beads to help them during meditation. It was in 8 B.C when the use of these Mala beads started to spread in Hinduism and Buddhism.

They soon became very popular, traveled the world, and even took hold of Buddha's own followers. Malas encountered new places, transformed with each new culture, and arrived in China, Burma, Nepal, and Tibet.



Why 108 beads?

The number 108 is a representation of how many beads there are on a Mala but has also long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Monks and meditators have used the Mala for centuries to count the number of mantras or prayers as they recite. Each of the 108 beads represents the 108 Human Passions.


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