Buddhist Tibetan mala with 8 mm beads
A mala is mainly used to count mantras that are recited. So it actually has the same function as a rosary. Beads made from bodhi seeds or wood are suitable for many purposes, for counting all kinds of mantras or other prayers, bows and rounds.
The beads used to count mantras that aim to pacify disturbing emotions can be, for example, crystal, pearl or mother-of-pearl. A mala must have a hundred of such beads for this purpose. Mantras that we count on such beads serve to remove obstacles such as illness and other disasters and to purify negative activities.
Malas to count mantras for increasing our positive qualities should be made of gold, silver, copper or lotus seeds, in which case the mala has 108 such beads. The mantras that we count on serve to increase the lifespan, knowledge and earnings.
Malas for mantras to overcome our strong disturbing emotions consist of a mixture of crushed sandalwood, saffron and other fragrant substances. This mala has twenty-five beads. The mantras that are counted on it may be meant to tame others, but the motivation to do this should be a very pure desire to help others and not to benefit yourself and therefore not for your own well-being.
Malas to count mantras for the purpose of powerfully subjugating negative forces through angry methods must be made of raksha sand or human bone, sixty on a string. Because this is supposed to happen with a completely altruistic purpose, the only person who is able to perform such an act is a bodhisattva, who does this out of great compassion for beings who cannot be tamed in any way, such as evil spirits.
The cord is the same for all males and should consist of nine threads that symbolize the Buddha Vajradhara and the eight bodhisattvas. The large bead at the end represents the wisdom that realizes the void and the cylindrical bead above it is the void itself. Together they symbolize that all opponents have been defeated.
A nice gift
You can also give a mala fantastic as a gift to your best friend or to your spiritual partner. Malas are often used to count mantras during meditation. A mantra is a repeating word or sound to help you in your concentration during meditation. To count the mantras, place the mala over your middle finger or ring finger. prefer not to use your index finger for this, because it represents the ego. You use the thumb to slide the beads after you have recited a mantra. The extra bead with the tassel is called the guru bead and represents the crown chakra. This does not act as a prayer bead, but marks the starting point, turning point and end point of the mala. The first bead is always the bead on the left next to the guru bead. Reaching the guru corral during meditation means a time for reflection. Do not go over the guru bead. With a possible new tour, turn the mala half a turn so that you continue to the right and not to the left. The last bead is then again the first bead. Do you ever reach unconsciously to your neck and feel the mala? Then that is an invitation to return to your breath, to awareness. If you lean forward and dangle the mala in sight, then that gives a new soft awakening.
Length: approximately 35 cm.