Collection: Malas

Malas are a traditional tool that have been used in Buddhism and Hinduism for centuries. In Sanskrit (the ancient script of India), the word mala means garland or wreath. Malas are used to count the number of times a mantra is recited, the number of breaths taken during meditation or to count other recitations. They are typically made with 18, 27, 54, or 108 beads, depending on their use, and may be adorned with a tassel and other beads or charms.

Buddhist malas are often made of different types of wood, such as sandalwood and rosewood, and Hindu malas are usually made with rudraksha, which is considered a very holy and protective seed. The material may vary with the use of the mantra.

Malas are also used in traditional jewelry, where they may be made of pearl or crystal.

There may be as many as 108 reasons why there are 108 beads, and all of them open to interpretation. The number 108 is significant in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions and, in Japan, a bell is rung 108 times at Japanese New Year services.

You will also see explanations such as the 108 is related to the chakra points on the body, where it is said 108 energy lines connect to form the heart chakra. And, if you choose to recite your mantra in sanskrit, there are 54 letters, with each letter having a feminine and a masculine form – so 108 characters. There are also 108 goddess names, and the diameter of the sun is approximately 108 times the diameter of the earth!

In recent years, it has become increasingly fashionable to wear malas, often made from semi-precious stones. Although they may not have a religious significance to many people who wear malas, they encourage meditation, setting and follow through of intentions and, ultimately, a calm mind and body.

If you meditate, or recite affirmations, you can use the beads in the same manner as your religious counterparts.

Similarly, as different materials were originally used depending on the nature and objective of the mantras, you can choose the gemstone with which you feel a natural affinity. Choose a stone for your intent – such as rose quartz for love, or a blue stone for help with communications.

Alternately, choose a stone that appeals to you, and then learn about the meaning of the stone. You may find it’s just what you need!

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  • Colorful Agate Meditation Beads
    Colorful Agate Meditation Beads
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  • Natural Aquamarine 108 Prayer Beads Mala Bracelet/Necklace
    Natural Aquamarine 108 Prayer Beads Mala Bracelet/Necklace
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  • Brazil Black Agate With Tiger Eye Prayer Bracelet
    Brazil Black Agate With Tiger Eye Prayer Bracelet
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  • Lapis Lazuli Mala With Tree of Life Charm
    Lapis Lazuli Mala With Tree of Life Charm
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  • Colorful Crystal Quartz Mala
    Colorful Crystal Quartz Mala
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  • Rose Quartz Mala With Charm
    Rose Quartz Mala With Charm
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  • Amazonite 108 Bead Mala
    Amazonite 108 Bead Mala
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  • Dark Green Jade Mala With Tassel
    Dark Green Jade Mala With Tassel
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