The meaning of mala beads
Mala beads are magical necklaces with powerful spiritual energy that have been worn by gurus and yogis since ancient times all over the world.
Mystical mala necklaces are a strand of 108 beads, traditionally used for devotional meditation, mantra chanting or prayer to keep the mind focused and clear from thoughts. In Sanskrit language “mala” means a garland and “japa” means repetition. Japa Mala is the name given to mala beads for meditation practice. It refers to the practice of reciting a mantra whilst using the beads to maintain both a focus and to keep count of the repetitions.
Most common mala is a strand of 108 beads plus one extra bead, the 109th bead – guru bead. Some mala necklaces can have double this number – 216 beads, or a multiple of it such as 18, 27, or 54. The Guru bead acts as the starting and ending marker for the mantra chanting. Tassel on the end of mala is believed that represents a lotus blossom or eternity.
What are mala beads for?
Mala beads are not only beautiful and wearable necklaces, they can be useful tool for your yoga or meditation practice, they incite your body, mind and soul to be calm and peaceful.
Mala beads can also be used for daily intention setting and help you to manifest happiness, love and stability in your life.
When you wear your mala necklace during the day you transform the energy of intention to activity.
Even more, a mala necklace can navigate you the way forward and keep you more connected to your inner guides.
What lies behind the mystic number 108?
The number 108 has interesting spiritual significance and is considered sacred for many religions:
- In many Eastern religions the number 108 represent the universe as one thing (1), nothing (0) and everything (8 – infinity).
- In Buddhism and Hinduism 108 represent the whole of existence, an essence that connects us to the whole.
- All 27 constellations of our galaxy have 4 directions, the total combinations is 27 x 4 =108
- Sun, Moon & Earth – It is said that the Sun’s diameter is 108 times that of the diameter of the Earth, while the Sun to Earth distance is 108 times the Sun’s diameter. That is why we have 108 beads in a mala.
- Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters. Each letter has a masculine (Shiva) and feminine (Shakti) energy. 54 x 2 = 108
- In Astrology there are 12 constellations and 9 arc segments. There are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 x 9 = 108
- In Ayurveda there are 108 pressure points in the body, where consciousness and flesh intersect to give life to the living being.
- The Chakras are the main energy channels, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines nerves than run through the heart chakra.Wearing a mala that reaches till the heart supports the vital flow of energy through ‘seat of the self’, as taught in traditional Yoga.
- In Yoga, 108 Sun Salutations are often practiced to honorthe change of the seasons or celebrate life.
- Angel Numbers – the number 108 is a message of support and encouragement. A cycle in life might be coming to an end but new opportunities lay ahead.
1 = New beginnings, intuition, insight.
0 = Development of one’s spiritual journey and listening to your intuition.
8 = Manifesting positive abundance, personal power, a desire for peace and a love of humanity.
Our mala beads are made to help anyone seeking for a calmer mind, body & soul. They are handmade with love & infused with universal healing and energy to promote positive vibes that awake safe and happy sensations.
We exclusively use natural and genuine crystals and gemstones, sacred seeds and authentic beads as Rudraksha, Sandalwood and Agarwood. Every mala is designed with deepest devotion and intentionally hand crafted to detail and each piece offers selected crystals and gems with healing properties that will help you to find your way on your spiritual journey.
Thank you for these great facts on Mala, I didn’t know about importance of the 108!
I would love to have Mala beads for yoga practice and as a comfortable peace for everyday wear.
I’m strongly drawn to labradorite, but I’m not sure how to choose the right stone(s) for me…
I definitely need some advice here!??
Hey. Your comment is much appreciated. Labradorite is very beautiful and protective gemstone with calming effects. It stimulates the imagination and aids in developing new ideas. To choose a perfect stone for your mala beads, I suggest you to trust your own intuition. Search for colors and textures you’re attracted to and pick the one in regards what it’s most useful for. I you want to dive deeper than the crystal descriptions check out the book The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.
I hope this answer helps to give you some insight.
Sending Love and Light your way ♥
Great Article. I learn about the mala beads from Buddhastones, this is a detailed article about how to wear mala beads.
Mala is a crucial part of Hindu tradition. It is an incredibly healing, protection and manifestation tool, often used during yoga practice or meditation.