What is Mala?

Mala Beads aren’t just beautiful pieces of jewelry — they are also important mediums for peace and enlightenment.

Traditionally, the beads have been used in prayer and meditation. But don’t let that intimidate you.

Anyone can wear mala beads, whether you meditate or not. Often, people are drawn to the necklaces for their believed healing qualities of calming the mind and providing inner peace.

You can wear them around your wrist, your neck, hang them at your altar, or meditate on them.

If you choose to meditate on your mala, you will most likely use a mantra. A MANTRA is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration. It can be as simple as the word ‘love,’ something you are thankful for, or a phrase such as ‘om shanti, shanti, shanti’ which represents all encompassing peace. You can also meditate on an affirmations such as;

  • “I accept myself.”
  • “This too shall pass.”
  • “I am love.”
  • “Smile, breathe and go slowly.”
  • “Be here, now.”
  • “I am open to receiving universal gifts.”
  • “Today, I choose joy.”
  • “Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go.”
  • “I are capable of wonderful things.”

To count your mantras, hold your mala in your hand and turn each bead with your thumb and middle finger. (The index finger is believed to represent ‘ego’ and is not recommended to be used to turn the beads.)

It’s widely believed that when one uses a Mala for meditation, and makes it all the way around, they will have found enlightenment.

Some malas have different counts. Ours have 108, as that’s a very traditional and sacred number. They are also hand-knotted between each gemstone or seed to help aid in meditation.

If you choose to meditate on your mala, be patient and kind to yourself.

Remember — mala beads embody calmer mind, body, and spirit, no matter your reason for turning to them.

WHY 108?

The number 108 is an auspicious and spiritually significant number.

HEART CHAKRA: Chakras are the intersections of energy lines in the body, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to self-realization.

UPANISHADS: It is believed that there are 108 Upanishads, texts of wisdom from the ancient sages.

1, 0, AND 8: Some say that 1 stands for God or higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in spiritual practice, and 8 stands for infinity or eternity.

DESIRES: There are said to be 108 earthly desires.

TIME: Some say there are 108 feelings, 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and the 36 related to the future.

PLANETS AND HOUSES: In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.

GODDESS NAMES: There are said to be 108 Indian goddess names.

SUN AND EARTH: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.