Buddhist Mala - SandalwoodBuddhist Mala beads are a centuries old tool, used to keep the mind focused on the practice of prayer and meditation. The symbol of the never ending cycle, each bead in the mala counts a Sanskrit prayer or mantra, in sets of 108 repetitions.
Combining tactile and conscious awareness, the beads are moved sequentially in rhythm with breathing. Each mantra centers and stills the mind, allowing the focus to be on the meaning of the mantra, rather than counting the repetitions. Each time the mantra is repeated, the fingers move to the next bead. When using a Mala repeatedly, it is believed to take on the energy of the mantra that is being recited.
Our traditional Japa Mala contains 108 beads. The type of bead combined with a specific mantra, is thought to have special properties that empower healing, a better sense of well-being and spiritual growth.
The refreshing and aromatic wood of the sandal tree has long been used for blessing reliquaries and sacred objects. Sandalwood is considered auspicious for all spiritual practices. Counting mantras with this fragrant rosary will scent the fingers, and may inspire a closer connection to the teacher or deity. Sandalwood is said to purify negative energy and attract positive energy. It is also used for the attainment of prosperity.
Our full sized prayer bead Mala necklace is handcrafted with 7mm beads. The Sandalwood mala is strung on high quality, nylon coated wire by Tibetan artisans in Dharamsala. This piece is acquired through Fair Trade Practices that celebrate the culture of Tibet. Free mala bag included to store and protect your beads. Due to the natural materials used, the color and the size of the beads may vary slightly.