A beautiful Mala necklace made from sacred Rudraksha beads from Nepal. Rudrakshas which are spoken about in the Ancient Indian Scriptures, are believed to have miraculous powers that protect the wearer and bring significant health benefits.
A mala is a string of beads used for prayer. Mala beads are found in almost every spiritual and religious practice and are also known as prayer beads, rosary beads and worry beads. Over two-thirds of the world’s population employ some type of prayer beads as part of their spiritual practice.
Bead Size: 8mm
Length to tassle: 55cm
Number of Beads: 108
Strung on Silk thread
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The Rudraksha seed is produced by a large evergreen broad-leaved tree of the genus Elaeocarpus. The tree grows mostly in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, Sumatra, Java, Myanmar, and Indonesia.
The ‘Sounds of Sirius’ Rudraksha Mala beads originate from Nepal in the high Himalayas.
Legend of the Rudraksha
Rudraksha is comprised of two words Rudra, which is another name for Lord Shiva, and Aksha, which means teardrops. Rudraksha means tears of Lord Shiva.
Legend has it that Lord Shiva had been meditating for thousands of years with his eyes closed. When he opened his eyes, some tearsdrops fell from his eyes on the ground. These tears grew trees of Rudrakshas. Ardent followers of Shivaism therefore regard the Rudraksh seed as sacred because it originated from Lord Shiva’s own tears. Rudrakshas are believed to have miraculous powers, bringing the wearer into a closer spiritual connection with Lord Shiva.
The Rudraksha and Japa Yoga
Rudraksha beads are thought to be most effective when used in the practice of Japa Yoga, where a Mantra is repeated verbally or mentally 108 times a day while keeping count on a strand of Rudraksha beads.
The followers of Shivaism believe that the Rudraksha beads create a cocoon of your own energy. The situation around you may not always be conducive to your personal energy, particularly if you are someone who is constantly on the move. Rudraksha can be very supportive because it creates a cocoon of your own energy around you, shielding you against negative energies.
Health Benefits of the Rudraksha
The Rudraksha Bead has many scientific properties that hold great significance in Ayurvedic medicine. It is said to lower your blood pressure, calm your nerves, and bring both a calmness and alertness to your nervous system that will help you to become be more balanced and focused. Hindu Yogis have reported experiencing a sense of traquillity and inner peace when wearing a Rudraksha mala.
What is a Mala?
A mala is a string of beads used for prayer. Using beads for prayer as a meditation tool dates back beyond written history. Mala beads are found in almost every spiritual and religious practice and are also known as prayer beads, rosary beads and worry beads. Over two-thirds of the world’s population employ some type of prayer beads as part of their spiritual practice.
The oldest known form of the prayer bead is the Japa Mala used in Hindu prayer, which appears to have originated in India around the 8th century B.C. Based on the principle of the sacred number 108, malas have 108 beads or a divisible of that number: 54 or 27 beads. They are usually strung on silk thread with knots between each bead to maintain consistent space between each bead.
They also have a Guru bead with a tassel hanging from it. This large meru (mountain) bead provides a starting and ending point on the mala for counting the repetitions. The tassel is considered the symbol of a thousand lotus petals. Mala beads are an ancient tool developed to keep the mind focused on the practice of meditation.
Mala beads are made from different materials, and the properties of the beads are said to have specific energetic effects. Different spiritual practices and religious traditions historically have used beads of a specific material. Integrating gemstone therapy into your meditation helps to enhance its results. When choosing a mala, it is important to choose stones that focus on the results you are looking for in your meditation.
Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland. Japa means recitation. The word is traditionally used with Mala to form Japa Mala (ie prayer beads for meditation). Japa Mala was adopted into other languages as the use and popularity of prayer beads spread. When the Romans invaded India, they mistook Japa for jap, the Latin word for rose. Upon returning to Rome, mala beads were referred to as rosarium and later became known as rosary beads in English.
How To Use Your Mala
Hold your mala in either hand. Starting just after the Guru bead, you recite a mantra while holding each bead between the thumb and one of the fingers, moving from one bead to the next with each recitation. You basically drape the mala over the finger and use the thumb to pull the beads over the finger toward you after each recitation of the mantra. This makes the bead pass over the intended meridian point. The index finger is extended and should not touch the mala.
After you have completed a full circle of your mala, you will feel the Guru bead. This large meru (mountain) bead should not be counted or touched by the thumb and is used as a starting and ending point of the recitation. You can make a special prayer with the Guru bead and then begin again, either switching the hands, turning the mala or just continuing along.
If you have a wrist mala of 27 beads you will need to repeat this 3 more times. Continue by pulling the beads and going backwards until you again end at the meru and continue until you have done 108 repetitions, or multiples of 108.
A mantra is a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. Chanting is used as a spiritual tool in virtually every cultural and religious tradition. In the yogic tradition a mantra is a Sanskrit word that has special powers to transform consciousness, promote healing or fulfill desires.
The practice of chanting a mantra is used as a form of meditation. Sitting in a comfortable position, with the eyes closed, the mantra is repeated silently or aloud. The mind is focused on the mantra, the thoughts are let go of and the breath is slow and deep.
Mantras and Malas
When reciting a mantra with a mala meditation, you recite the entire mantra on each bead (not one bead per word). You can also use affirmations with your mala, repeating the affirmation with each bead. The recitations can be done silently, as a whisper, in song or spoken out loud.
The different fingers used in mala meditation:
There are acupressure points on each of the fingers that work on different parts of the psyche and the brain. When the beads press the meridian points on the finger, you can work on a specific result. The meridian point you are trying to activate is located on the side of each finger, in the centre point between the tip of the finger and the upper knuckle.
The properties of the meridian points for each finger are as follows:-
- Index Finger (Jupiter Finger): Wisdom. Knowledge. Prosperity
- Middle Finger (Saturn Finger): Patience.
- Ring Finger (Sun Finger): Health. Vitality. Strengthen the Nervous System.
- Little Finger (Mercury Finger): Communication. Intelligence.
Using a Mala in Kundalini Yoga Meditation:
The amazing thing about meditating with a mala is that it combines Naad yoga (the recitation of sacred sounds), acupressure, gemstone therapy and a deep meditative practice.
Choosing a Mantra
A mantra can either be given to you by a teacher or chosen by yourself. When selecting a mantra, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect. You may want to try out each mantra for a few repetitions to see how it feels to you and choose the one that feels like it fits best for you.
A mala is a great tool to help enhance your mediations. The use of a mala can help focus your meditation while adding the unique properties of the mala to improve the power of your meditation.
Activating Your Mala
To empower the mala and the mantra used, Japa (mantra meditation) should be practiced each day for 40 continuous days. When the mala becomes empowered it can be worn or lightly placed on oneself or others to transmit the energy of the mantra as well as the energetic qualities of the mala. When you use a new mantra with a mala, this energy becomes replaced, so it is recommended to use a new mala with each mantra if possible.
When not in use, store your mala in a special, clean and preferably sacred space. The best place to store a mala is on a personal alter or statue of a deity.
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