Malas are commonly used in meditation and can also be worn daily, connecting you to spirit and your higher self.
There are 108 beads representing the 108 stages on the journey of the human soul. It is a sacred number in many Eastern spiritual practices. One (1) represents the Universe, Zero (0) represents Nothing, and Eight (8) represents everything & Infinity.
There are other popular beliefs for the 108 beads including,
Astrology: 12 houses and 9 planets, 12x9=108
Desires: 108 Earthly desires
Heart Chakra: 108 Energy lines connecting to the heart
Sun & Earth: The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
The silk knot and thread signifies the divine link present between all beings in the universe.
There is one guru bead (larger bead attached to the tassel).
It symbolises gratitiude and connection to the divine. It is a way to say thank you to all the spiritual teachers who have guided you on your path to spiritual enlightenment.
There is one silk tassel.
It is a symbol of enlightenment.
How to use your mala in meditation or prayer -
Hold the Mala necklace in your hand and beginning from one side of the guru bead, use your thumb to move from bead to bead whilst focussed on breath. Once your breath is calm and controlled, you can begin to repeat a mantra with each bead. Once you have completed 108 mantras, your practice is complete.
Do not cross the guru bead
Crown Mantra: OM (AUM)
This is the sound of the universe. It encompasses the beginning, middle and end of everything in its three sounds (A-U-M).
This Crown Mala (purple/violet chakra) was lovingly made by hand and has 108 beads:
White Howlite for stillness, tenderness and an open mind.
Black Natural Lava for grounding and connection to mother earth.
White Agate for balance and peace.
Guru bead - Amethyst for protection, healing, purity and spiritual connection through the crown.
Purple Silk Tassle
Small silver plated pendant charm.