Buddhist Green Sandalwood Malas (108
beads) - 6mm
Material: Green Sandalwood
Dimension(in): 6mm beads
The use of the mala is to count mantra recitations
and also to help one focus concentration and awareness. Each time
one counts a bead a mantra is recited and a deity is visualized.
Reciting mantra with mala beads involves body, speech and mind.
A genuine mala should have 108 beads with a bigger bead at the
beginning and end. This bead is called the Buddha or the Guru
Bead. The use of a mala made of genuine sandalwood, a fragrant
material is intended to overcome all obstacles in the path to
Enlightenment and to know the true nature of the mind. It helps
to overcome emotions, greed, anger, hate, desire, lust and evil.
Sandalwood has the ability to strengthen and purify the mind.
Do's and Don'ts in using Malas (Contributed
by Andre Hanssens from Metta Foundation, Netherlands)
One should hold a mala with gentleness
and respect. The mala is usually held in the left hand and each
time the thumb and the middle finger takes a bead one at a time.
If one ends a counting session of 108
mantras one should never jump over the Guru bead, but turn the
mala 180 degrees to start again. So, do not forget. Never jump
over the Guru bead.
A long mala always has 108 beads. No matter
what the sizes of the beads are, it is possible that in the long
mala after every 27 beads a smaller bead is placed so one is able
to know with the eyes closed that one has counted 54 beads, half
way. Sometimes halfway a bigger bead or bead made from other material
is placed to serve the same purpose.
The number of 108 has a meaning; in Hinduism
is that that a deity or god has 108 names. If you multiply 12
with 9 it represents 12 planets in the zodiac houses. If the number
27 is multiplied by 4, it represents the 4 quarters of the moon
in each of the 27 of the lunar mansions or constellations. Nine
is also magic. A number multiplied by 9 is the sum of those digits
is also a multiple of nine. Example: 8 x 9 = 72. 7 + 2 = 9. In
Pranayana or Chi Kung breathing it is calculated that a human
being takes 21,600 breaths in a 24 hour cycle consisting of 60
periods of 360 breaths. In 12 hours this is 10,800 breaths. (Number
should never let others use his/her own mala.