Buddhists do not always wear their beads , some actually prefer to keep them to themselves and use them only for meditation and prayer . Some Buddhists actually prefer to wear their Mala and see other people wearing them as a good thing, as it all draws more attention to Buddhism and helps people to remain aware.
A traditional mantra for activating and sealing in the energy in your new rudraksha mala is “Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Om.” Chant this mantra at least three times. Sit for at least five minutes to seal the energetic bond. Once you have activated your mala beads , you may want to cleanse and clean them from time to time.
Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name or names of a deity.
Step 1: Thread the Beads . Cut a length of string (you will need about 1 meter of string or longer if you are using larger beads ) Step 2: Repeat. Thread another 27 beads then add a spacer. Step 3: Thread the Guru Bead . Step 4: Add Pretty Beads and Tower to Tassel. Step 5: Add Tassel to Beads . Step 6: Finished.
In lineages of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, the tying of a cord or string around one’s wrist is a common practice during ceremonies. Traditionally, the Lama blesses the string and then ties a knot and imbues it with a mantra. Similar to other traditions, it is said that these red cords bring luck and offer protection.
Beads , whether sewn on apparel or worn on strings, have symbolic meanings that are far removed from the simplistic empiricism of the Western anthropologist. They, or pendants, may for instance be protective, warding off evil spirits or spells, or they can be good luck charms.
Traditional malas are almost always worn on the right hand, wrapped around the wrist like a bracelet. If you are going to wear Mala beads , there are a few rules you should know about. For example, it is not appropriate for your beads , either necklaces or bracelets, to ever touch the ground.
How do I use them? Hold your mala with one hand. Let it drape across your fingers so you can move it easily. Complete one full breath (inhale and exhale). Move your fingers to the next bead , breathing in and out once per bead . Finish at the guru bead to complete 108 breaths.
The term ‘ mala ‘ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.” ‘ Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
In the yogic tradition the beads are used in japamala practice to recite mantras in meditation (hence the name). A full cycle of 108 repetitions is counted on the mala so the practitioner can focus on the sounds, vibration and meaning of what is being said.
But 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.
It’s most beneficial to keep the mala in a sanctified space and never put it on the floor, touch it to your feet, or let others wear it. It’s best also to not wear in the shower or swimming regularly as that could eventually break down the cotton knotting.
Cotton, nylon , hemp or silk are the most common stringing materials used for malas, which are easy to knot. Lastly, malas are often finished with a tassel made from the same stringing material as the mala.
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To choose your mala , try using your intuition and thinking about what you would like to achieve. Then find a mala that helps you reach those intentions. The first chakra is your sense of grounding, security, intuition and survival.