Mala Turquoise & Cypress
This Mala is made of traditional wooden beads complimented with Czech beads in turquoise. The piece without the tassel measures 14" and is strung on a memory cord which means you can stretch it out by making it a bracelet or anklet but when taken off it returns to its' original length. The tassel has two separate parts measuring 2.2" and 3.5".
About Malas and Wooden Cypress tree beads:
Mala beads have been used by our Great Masters from time immemorial. Traditionally, Master (Guru) gives the mala to his disciple along with a mantra to initiate him into a spiritual path. In modern times, mala has become an essential accessory in many new age yoga schools and classes. Unfortunately, many people wear Malas used for meditation as ornaments, more as a fashion statement and to show off their spiritual associations, without knowing the spiritual importance of a mala. May be they should have read this article to educate themselves. In Sanskrit language, maala or more correctly, mala means a garland of beads. Mala used for counting the affirmations or mantra repetitions in meditation is called japa mala or simply mala. The process of repeating a mantra or a phrase is called japa. For example “Aum shanti shanti” or “Om Nadme Padme Hum”.
Why 108 beads?
Generally, a Hindu japa mala consists of 108+1 beads with a knot between the beads. The number 108 has several meanings. Some of them are:
27 constellations x 4 padas (parts) = 108, 12 zodiac houses x 9 planets = 108, Upanishads Scriptures of the Vedas = 108, to be clear a Mala can be up to 108 beads but it has to be a multiple of 9. There are many great and insane theories.
In other words, 108 beads represent the entire universe. When we count the mantra using the mala, we are remembering the presence of the deity who is the Universal Self in every part of the universe. So, after each cycle of repetition, we cover the entire universe by feeling and touching the presence of deity of the mantra in it.
Made of wood beads from the Cypress tree; Called "The Tree of Life", Cypress has a calming effect that aids those overcoming loss. Some ancient religions believe the cypress tree to be the last trees seen when the dead enter the underworld. This belief and the wood being so durable prompted the Greeks and Romans to use the wood for coffins or to hold the ashes of those who had died serving their country. They also buried branches of cypress with their dead. The Egyptians used it as well to protect their mummies.
Christians and Muslims often placed cypress trees in cemeteries to ward off evil spirits that may seek to harm the souls of those entering the underworld.
In Turkey, the cypress tree often symbolized the universe, due to its roots being underground, its trunk above ground, and its leaves reaching for the sky. This represented three distinct levels of life--birth, middle life and heaven--with the fact that the tree is evergreen, symbolizing immortality. In the Ottoman Empire, the cypress tree was known as the tree of life.
Persian cultures believe the tree is a symbol of freedom and integrity. It was thought that the essence of the tree carried with it truthfulness, so anyone who breathed in the scent of the tree could not be deceitful in its presence.
AR Jewelry designs pieces that can have several uses. We do use the traditional lengths on half of our pieces but we like to keep the other half unique and versatile. This way the consumer has more options. If you want a specific length please contact us or special order your very own piece. Some of the options you have with the length are as follows; wrap it around twice and layer it, leave it long for simplicity or add another necklace for layering, wrap it several times around to create a unique bracelet or anklet and you can even use it as a headband. You can also leave it long or wrap it around several times to use as a decorative piece for your purse, wallet, a candle wrap or anything you desire. Enjoy Shopping with AR Jewelry. We truly appreciate your support and hope we can support you somehow. If you know how you want us to support you please contact Amy or Ryan at ARProDesigns@yahoo.com and give us the deets.
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- Keep your jewelry stored in a dry room temperature or colder, environment. A jewelry box, a random box, pouch or any container will do. The more humidity you have equals more care.
- When cleaning your jewelry we advise a simple jewelry cloth that you can find at any jewelry store, drugstore or anywhere that sells jewelry. (AR Jewelry will begin to sell them within the next few months).
- If you have a tough piece of jewelry that is heavily tarnished and the cloth won't work we advise you to use a simple cleaner. Nothing expensive or fancy needed. They are typically the same. Use as needed and follow the instructions exactly.