Islamic prayer beads, called Misbaha or Tasbih, usually have 100 beads (99 +1 = 100 beads in total or 33 beads read thrice and +1). Buddhists and Hindus use the Japa Mala, which usually has 108 beads , or 27 which are counted four times.
Steps Obtain your beads . Obtain or make a tassel. ( Cut your cordage. String your smaller beads onto the cordage. Thread both ends of the string through the larger “shield” bead . Tie a knot to hold everything on the string. Attach your tassel (if desired). Twiddle with your very own worry beads to relieve your stress!
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.
It is important to begin at the large main bead , then string the other beads so that they line up in the same order as when you say the prayers . Then poke the string back through the main bead so that it ends up beside the place you started. Finally, tie the ends in an overhand knot.
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.
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.
For seed bead bracelets, 0.5 mm elastic cord works great. Thinner elastic cord can stretch out more quickly with heavier beads unless you use a double strand. Cut a piece of cord the size of your bracelet, plus leave yourself at least three inches of elastic on each side to tie your knots.
One method of using the beads is called the loud method. Hold some of the beads and the largest bead in your palm with the cord placed between the index and middle fingers. Allow the rest of the beads to fall on the other side of the fingers holding the cord of worry beads .
The string of beads are known as worry beads or komboloi, which Greeks use to soothe themselves, especially during difficult times. Worry beads or komboloi are loosely based on prayer beads that are used in different religions to keep track of prayers and calm the mind.
The main body of a mala is usually 108 beads , though other numbers are also used. In addition, there is often a 109th bead (often of a distinctive size or colour) and/or tassle and sometimes there are additional beads which may be decorative or used for counting rounds.
Add Your Beads One Side At A Time. Make a knot on top of every bead as you add them. Slide the knot as close as possible to the bead . Repeat this process: add a bead , tie a knot, add a bead , knot. Start and complete one entire side of mala : add 18 beads and 18 knots then add one counter bead and one knot.
Choosing Mala Beads : What Energy is Best for Me? The best way to go about choosing mala beads is to think about what kind of energies you want to support and nurture in your meditation or prayer practice.
Step-by-Step Instructions: Gather your materials. Curl the collapsable needle. String the cord through your needle. Pull the cord through the bead . With the other end of your cord, repeat Step 3 by stringing it through the opposite side hole of the guru bead and down through the bottom.
Malas can also be made without a tassel . You may choose to simply finish your mala with the guru bead and skip the tassel , or you may finish your mala with a charm instead.
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. 2 Discussions.