What Is A Mala?

What is a mala

 

Malas are a beautiful way to remember to be true to yourself and kind to yourself. Traditionally, Malas were created to be used during meditation, but they can also simply be a wearable reminder to live from the heart, with mindful grace in everything we do.


Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning 'garland', these Mala 'garlands' are essentially a string of beads traditionally used in japa meditation to count mantras, prayers, or intentions, they can also be used to count breaths or for different types of meditation such as gratitude meditation. A Mala is an ancient tool that was used to help keep the mind focused and clear from thoughts while meditating.

A full mala contains 108 counting beads plus one guru bead. The number 108 is considered a sacred number in Hinduism, Buddhism and yogic tradition. With each bead a mantra or prayer is repeated. The Guru bead is the larger bead next to the tassel or charm, this is the guiding bead and marks the beginning and end of the mala / mantra / meditation / prayer.

 

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