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. The generally used method is that you wear the beads for a period of 40 days so that they can become attuned to your energy.
Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead , use your thumb to count each smaller bead , pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala , until you once again reach the guru bead .
A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a ‘sumeru. ‘ Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. The mala’s beads that can be made of seeds, sandalwood or rosewood, or gemstones.
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.
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.
You may chant mantra multiple times a day, each time using a Mala of 54 beads or 108 beads. Each time you may select the same or different mantra or method (loud, soft etc.). Please note again, that if you make a mistake in between or the mind wanders, continue the chanting after realigning to the process joyfully.
Gather your materials: stringing material, beads , guru bead , scissors, tassel and any extra charms, pendants or embellishments you want to include. Cut a 5-foot length of cord for a traditional 108 bead mala using 6mm or 8mm size beads .
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.
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.
Mala Beads are commonly finished with a tassel , often made of silk or cotton. The tassel represents connection to spirit, or your highest truth. Tassels are not only beautiful and meaningful, they can also serve a secondary purpose of diffusing your favorite essential oils.
If you are drawn to the color or appearance of the beads , then your body and subconscious mind are telling you that these beads are perfect for you. Decide on knotted or not- knotted . The better quality malas are knotted , which means that there is a knot between each bead .
One of the major factors you will want to consider when selecting your mala beads is authenticity. Most authentic malas have knots in between the beads to make counting them easier. The ones that are made to be worn around the wrist, however, normally do not have these knots.
Silk thread is perfect for stringing pearls and other beads. This material is available in thicker diameters than most silk thread , allowing you the option of working with larger bead holes. The drape and softness of this beading thread allows for stringing, knotting and Kumihimo braiding techniques to be used.