Mala beads are a string of beads traditionally use as a tool to assist in meditation practices. The Sanskrit word 'Mala' translates to 'garland' and the word bead derived from the word 'bede' translates to prayer 'prayer'. These sacred necklaces originated in India over 3000 years ago and are widely used in religious and yogic practices.
The necklaces are made up of 108 gemstone, crystal, seed, or wood beads and are completed with a talisman or tassel. 108 has long been considered a sacred number in ancient cultures. The average distance of the sun and moon to the earth is 108 times their individual diameters. This number is also said to represent the wholeness of existence. There are 108 pithas (sacred sites) in India, upanishads (sacred texts), and marma points (sacred places) on the body. Thus why we repeat a mantra, or prayer 108 times with Mala Beads.
Japa Meditation is a form of meditation that uses the repetition of a mantra (word or phrase) to focus the mind in meditation. Starting at the guru bead, one would set an intention and pick a mantra. Holding the beads between the thumb and first finger the string of beads is then pulled one by one towards the practitioner while the mantra is repeated silently to oneself. The mantra is repeated 108 times and sealed at the guru bead which is said to hold onto the intention of the meditation practice.
Today Mala Beads are often worn as a reminder of positive intentions and spiritual well being. Each piece handcrafted and picked for the wearers preference and intention. Whether you choose to use your Mala Beads for meditation practice, as a reminder of your own intentions, or both they are a beautiful symbol of ones connectedness to universal consciousness.
Here at i'mperfectly Aligned we offer small batches of unique hand-tied Mala Beads as well as the opportunity to request custom pieces tailor made for your personal bead preferences and intentions to meet you where you are as an individual.