Ebony - Ebony is a dark durable wood that has strong protective qualities, especially for the home and one’s love life. Traditionally used for sacred objects, Ebony has long been the favorite wood among the royalty in India.
Made in India. 108 + 1 beads
Lotus seeds-Like the pristine Lotus Flower, which rises up from the muddy depths of water to bloom beautifully on the surface, the Lotus Seed symbolises Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment.108 +1
Sandalwood - This simple 108 + 3 bead sandalwood hand knotted mala is the perfect size for meditation practice and can be worn as a necklace or wrapped around your wrist. Sandalwood is a sacred wood with a lovely aromatic scent that is excellent for staying present and alert during meditation, which makes it wonderful for ritual and spiritual practice. Its fragrance is said to transform desires, and also to bring emotional balance.
As these wood beads are from the earth, they will directly remind you of your connection to nature and your potential to grow.
The word 'Mala' means 'Garland'. Mala beads can be made from wooden beads, seeds, semi-precious or precious stones or gems. A full size Mala consists of 108 beads. The number 108 is a sacred, auspicious number in many cultures but particularly in the Hindu tradition. The number comes from multiplying the 12 astrological houses by the 9 planets. Each Mala also has a Guru bead, or tassel to remind us of the teachers in our lives.
Traditionally, the mala is held between the thumb and middle finger and as each bead is passed through the finger and thumb, a mantra or god is said either silently, quietly, or out loud. The most powerful mantras are said to be those repeated silently in the mind. This is done until the Guru bead is reached, the Mala is reversed and the process goes on until the Guru bead is reached again. Repeating a mantra in this way is an excellent way of calming the mind and keeping thought of 'The Divine' (whatever that is for each one of us, whatever culture, religion or belief we hold) in our everyday lives.
To empower the mala, and the mantra used in association with this mala, japa (mantra meditation) should be practiced once each day for 40 consecutive days. When the mala becomes empowered, it can then be worn to transmit the energy of the mantra and the energetic qualities of the mala to the wearer. If you use a different mantra, the energy of the previous mantra becomes replaced by the new one. For this reason, many people have different malas for different mantras.
When not in use, your mala should be stored in a special, clean and preferably sacred space, for example on a personal altar or on a statue of a deity.