What is a Mala
Mala means “garland.” It is a string of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a Mantra or the name or names of a Deity. This Practice is known in Sanskrit as Japa. It is believed that the Hindus started using the Mala around 3rd century BC. Humans have loved to use beads for decoration of the body as early as 10,000 BC. The word bead comes from the old English word bede meaning “prayer.” It is thought that the Buddhist lent this from the Hindu tradition; and it seems all religions have some type of prayer bead technique except Judaism. They instead use knots. In the Jewish tradition, Tzitzit are attached to four corners of the tallit (prayer shawl) and tallit katan.
What a Mala is made from
Mala is made from wood (sandalwood, basil wood, or rose wood) and seeds. Traditionally, the Hindu’s use the rudradshka seed, and the Buddhist use the Bodhi seed (from the legend of Siddhartha Gautama who sat under the Bodhi tree, eventually becoming enlightened and turning into the Buddha).
Mantras are typically repeated in sets of one hundred. The mala is used so that one can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions. Traditional Mantras, Prayers, or self written Affirmations are appropriate.
This helps with developing attention span and thought regulation leading to emotional regulation.
When arriving at the Guru bead, both Hindus and Buddhists traditionally turn the mala around and then go back in the opposing direction. The Mala is used in the right hand. It is very important that it does not touch the index finger as this finger in particular represents the ego. Malas are typically made with 16, 27, 54 or 108 beads. Doing one 108-bead mala counts as a 100-mantra recitation. The extra repetitions are done to amend any mistakes.
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