5 Mukhi Rudraksha
Our mala consists of 109 real Rudraksha seeds (9mm diameter), being a 108 + 1 guru bead rosary strung on a red cord.
This mala is suitable for Japa (chanting of mantras) or for wearing around your neck for meditation, to obtain inner peace, to banish negative thoughts or for healing.
Rudraksha are the seeds of the fruits of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus), which grows in the Himalayan region (India, Nepal, Tibet).
A Hindu legend says that Lord Shiva was so overcome after seeing the suffering of humanity that he wept 1 tears and where it fell on earth, began the first Rudraksha tree to grow.
A special feature of the Rudraksha seed is that it may have up to 21 mukhis or faces.
Mukhis are compartments that divide the seeds. The number mukhis defines the spiritual force the mala has.
This Rudraksha mala has 5 mukhis seeds, symbolizing the 5 faces of Shiva and stands for success, happiness, health and eternal peace. The 5 mukhi Rudraksha is the most used for Japa mala's.
To Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists Rudraksha seeds are one of the most sacred objects, and are laden with mystical & healing powers. At least from the 11th century onwards they are worn by yogis and holy men in India.
It is said that whoever bears a Rudraksha is protected from all negative thoughts and emotions. Monks believe that Rudraksha seeds radiate such peace and concentration that it helps them to control their minds during the long hours of meditation. It also is claimed to enlighten karma, enhances spirituality and cures illness and disease. The effects of rituals and mantras when using a Rudraksha become more powerfull.
The Ayurvedic writings describe that Rudraksha has a positive impact on human health and the seeds are used in making medicines.
A personal mala is a wonderful accessory to meditation which, when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice.
It then becomes like a close friend or a comfortable piece of clothing!
A mala is a set of beads or rosary commonly used by Buddhists for counting mantra whilst reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating them; it also helps one to focus, concentrate and maintain awareness when meditating.
Meditation can be quite a tricky practice because the mind is like a naughty child; by its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during the meditation practice.
If ones energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result; if the energy is too high, fantasy and distraction become the barriers. At such times, the mala provides the much needed anchor.
The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra, so that both sleep as well as excessive mental distraction are prevented by this action upon the beads.
As one works the mala's beads with one's fingers, recite the mantra and visualize the deity: you are now involving the body, speech and mind all at the same time.
Here are some Mala Basics:
The mala is held with gentleness and respect, generally in the left hand.
One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, beginning with the first bead after the "guru" bead - the bead at the mala's end.
The first bead is held between the index or middle finger and thumb, and with each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the finger.
After completing a full circuit of the mala, the practitioner flips the mala around 180 degrees (this takes practice to accomplish) and continues as before, in reverse order.
One aims to avoid passing over the "guru" bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one's teacher.
Material: 108 + 1 beads - 5 mukhi Rudraksha
Diameter: 46 cm