Malas are prayer or rosary beads used for reciting repetitions of prayers or chants called “mantras,” and help to facilitate ritualized meditation practice. They have been used for thousands of years in Tibetan, Indian, Chinese, Japanese Buddhism and Hinduism. Prayer beads in different forms are used in Christianity and Islam as well.
A full mala is usually 108 counting beads with a formal three holed special finishing bead called a “guru” bead, “mother/parent” bead or “Buddha” bead. They are oftentimes additional marker beads that may or may not be counted that divide the mala into quadrants, constituting a sum of 108 counting beads. One marker is placed at number 21 on either side, as many mantra practices require 21 recitations, and at one marker 1/2 way through at number 54. The malas are then fastened with guru bead and tassel or with some styles, tied into knots.
Mantras are spiritual syllables or prayers and are usually repeated many times. In Tibetan Buddhism, one mala constitutes 100 recitations of a mantra. There are 8 additional recitations done to ensure proper concentration. One holds the mala with the left hand and begins to recite from the guru bead, clockwise around the mala.
Click here for a list of Buddhist mantras.
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I’m spending the morning stringing up some rowan berries. :) #pagan #witchcraft #tradwitchcraft #traditionalwitchcraft
Where did you get that blue thing you are working on?
That’s actually just a bead board! You can get them at most craft stores.
Love the rowan, by the way! So classic.
I spent a lot of time in my garden today.
Considering how much I’ve been avoiding pulling out the weeds in His domain, I considered it a personal triumph to be out in the open for more than 5 minutes. Lately all my witchcraft has been indoors; smoke filling rooms, scents…
Me: “What browser are you on?”
Me: “Google Chrome?”
Client: “No, just regular Google.”
Me: “That’s the site. I want to know the browser.”
Client: “Look, we can have this conversation forever, man. But when I hit the internet logo, Google comes up!”
Me: “Okay…What does that “internet logo” look like?
Client: “…A fiery fox, I guess. But that’s irrelevant.”
I think I love this a little too much.