A Mala is a simple string of beads used in japa meditation to count mantras, prayers, or intentions. Malas can also be used to count breaths or used in a gratitude meditation.
Malas are a type of meditation beads or prayer beads and are ancient tools that were developed to keep the mind focused and clear from thoughts. A full Mala contains 108 counting beads plus one guru.
Usually, a 108 bead Mala is long enough to wear as a necklace. A Mala can also be strung as a half Mala containing 54 beads, or as a wrist Mala with 27 counting beads to be worn as a bracelet.
The guru (teacher) bead is often larger than the other counting mantra beads and it provides a starting and ending point for counting the repetitions of the mantra. A tassel is connected to the end of the guru/meru bead to finish the Mala with a final knot.
The significance of the number 108 in a Mala
The number 108 has been widely considered as a divine denomination by almost all major religions on earth. Many interpretations are cited by religions of our times to substantiate the universally divine nature of number 108. But one thing is sure, the magic number 108 is not just a symbol or a mere divine metric, it is a statement and a path laid to man for higher truths.
In 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.
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"Not new to meditation, but certainly new to using mantras in my meditations. I was drawn to the idea of using the mala to the deepen my meditations and further the manifestation of my intentions. Not to mention that they are beautiful and powerful creations especially when created by your own hands.
It was such an enjoyable experience to create this mala, and learn the intricate meanings and history behind each step of the process. I felt like I learned something valuable about another culture that I was able to relate to my spiritual journey."
- Amy Gregoire