A special kind of mala
This mala consists of 108 beads made of tulsi, a sacred scrub related to basil.
It is dedicated to the godess Lakshmi, and planted aroudn temples and homes as protection, attrackting good health and fertility.
Mala's made out of the stems of tulsi provide the wearer protection and good health.
This mala is suitable for Japa (chanting of mantras) or for wearing it around your neck for meditation, to obtain inner peace, finding inspiration and dedication.
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 guru beads
Diameter: 30 cm