The term 'mala' is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.” Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions.
Mala beads have been used by yogis and spiritual seekers for thousands of years to help keep their minds focused during meditation. Malas were first created in India 3000 years ago and have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga. The term ‘mala’ is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means, “to recite.”
Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation, or count mantras.
Malas are traditionally held in the right hand, with the mala draped over the middle finger. The counter bead next to the guru represents the start of the meditation practice. Each counter bead is held between the thumb and middle finger. The thumb pulls the next counter bead over the middle finger after each repetition. The index finger does not touch the mala as it represents one’s ego (believed to be the greatest obstacle in attaining enlightenment). Once the last counter bead is reached, one can either end the meditation or continue on by turning around and going the other direction.
This Mala Necklace is made from genuine natural Multi Agate beads, and it features a tassel at the guru stone.
Metaphysical properties: Agate is an excellent stone for rebalancing and harmonizing body, mind and spirit. It cleanses and stabilizes the aura, eliminating and transforming negativity.