This piece is a Traditional Mala made to look a little more modern. It measures 13" in length, add the tassel and the length is 14.5" in total. With this Mala, I used the power color Orange in a Tourmaline gemstone. Like all the Malas' that I create I take them, completed or not, to a special temple or the SRF, http://www.yogananda-srf.org/, where the monks graciously bless them. It is a beautiful experience and an opportunity I would never pass up. While handling the Malas' or beads for the Malas' the monks chant a special mantra that instills, protection, positiveness, self-awareness, focus, heightened intuition, and a lot more. These traits are instilled into the Mala or beads of the Mala by the time they are done. They are then protected until ready for use. Not such a simple wood bead necklace after all eh?
The Mala is a very important item in many religions. Although it is only called a Mala in a few religions it has other names such as prayer beads, a rosary and so on. Traditionally the Mala has 108 beads including a bead of main focus and more times than not, a tassel, which hold important meanings to the Mala. The following is information in regards to the Mala, a Q & A if you will.What is a mala?
A mala, which is Sanskrit for garland, is a string of beads—typically 108, in addition to one guru bead—which are used as a meditation tool while chanting, reciting or silently repeating a mantra. Malas help the wearer focus their mind and are often used to recite mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. Malas are made from various types of materials, including gemstones, wood, seeds or crystals. When not used for specifically meditation, malas can help wearers carry a sense of peace, calm, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day.
What is a mantra?
A mantra—Sanskrit for sound, syllable, word or group of words—is a personal “motto” of sorts that is repeated during meditation to help create focus and self-transformation. When repeating a personal mantra, the meditator can calm the mind to allow deeper levels of relaxation and awareness.
What is the significance of the 108 beads? What is the significance of the numbers 3 and 6?
Malas allow the wearer to keep count of mantra recitation, allowing her to stay focused, calm and relaxed while repeating a mantra 108 times. In traditional Tibetan Buddhism, mala beads are often created using 108 beads, as a 108-bead mantra repetition represents the 108 worldly sins in the Buddhist doctrine. In addition, the number 108 is considered to be sacred in many Eastern religions, representing the universe as one thing (1), nothing (0) and everything (8, or infinity). The numbers 9 and 12 also have spiritual significance in many Eastern religions, with 9 times 12 equaling 108. In addition, the numbers 3 and 6 are significant in relation to mala beads, with Buddhist malas coming in three forms: 108, 54 and 27 beads. On a traditional Buddhist mala, the three beads above the guru bead represent the Three Refuges: Homage to the Buddha, Homage to the Dharma and Homage to the Sangha. Traditional 108-bead malas are divided into six groups of 18 beads, with a divider between each bead, while 54-bead malas have six groups of nine beads. Each dividing bead represents a point of pause for silent meditation.
Here are some more interesting theories of why the number 108 is in play with the Mala, just copy and paste this link: C:\Users\A\Desktop\theories of 108.htm
It is interesting, hilarious and a pretty good read.
Orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things. Put some orange in your life when you want:
- to spice things up when you feel time is dragging
- to become more involved in something
- to increase creativity
- relief from things becoming too serious
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