Wooden beads of Sandalwood strung together. Malas are great tools to aid in meditation. They have been used over centuries by beginners as well as experienced practitioners of meditation. They help in creating a proper mindset and mood for meditation. Helps focus the ever wandering mind on one point.
The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra. This practice helps both-sleepy as well as excessively distracted mental frame to be balanced during meditation. The malas when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice
Sandalwood is fast becoming extinct.
Sandalwood is naturally fragrant and exceedingly smooth. It has traditionally been regarded as one of the purest substances and is valued for its cooling properties and its medicinal value too. It is an indispensable component of the world of perfume.
Sandalwood is believed to promote tranquility as an aid to meditation. Japa with sandalwood beads while chanting is supposed to have therapeutic effect.
- It enhances calmness and a positive frame of mind. Has the ability to awaken the inner strength.
- Length: 39 CMS, well knotted and with a tassel
- Bead Size : 8MM
Recent Questions & Problems Answered
What is a Meditation Mala?
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a 'sumeru'.
It is a tool used to keep your mind on the meditation practice. Malas are generally made from different materials such as tulsi (basil) wood, sandal wood , rudraksh seeds or crystal. Each type of material has certain properties which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner.
Why use the Mala?
Meditation can be quite a tricky practice because the mind is like a naughty child. By its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during the meditation practice . If ones energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result. If the energy is too high, fantasy and distraction become the barriers. At such times, the mala provides the much needed anchor.
The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra, so that both-sleep as well as excessive mental distraction-are prevented by this action upon the beads.
A personal mala is a wonderful accessory to meditation which when used regularly with a personal mantra absorbs the vibrations of the practice. It becomes like a close friend or a comfortable piece of clothing!
How to Use?
The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways -
In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead towards oneself with each repetition of the mantra.
In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained - one bead at a time.
Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala.
The mala may coil on the floor with the hand resting on the right knee or used with the hand concealed in the Mala Bag.
The practice begins at the summit bead (sumeru) and continues around the loop until the summit is reached again. The summit bead is never passed over. So if you plan to do more than 1 round, the mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction
Whenever the mala is taken up, it automatically conditions the mind to the meditative state. The mala that you use for Mantra Japa meditation should not be exhibited and is best kept privately in a special Mala Bag.
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