Do you know mala beads? The term mala is a Sanskrit word for “meditation garland.” Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called Japa, which means – to recite. A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead called a sumeru.🧘🏼♀️
▪️Malas are used for devotional meditation, mantra and prayer.
▪️To use the mala, you turn each bead in between your middle finger and thumb and repeat your mantra (either out loud or in your head) once on each bead.
▪️The number 108 is considered a sacred number in Hinduism, Buddhism and yogic tradition.
▪️There are 108 energy lines connecting to the heart, with one of them believed to be the path to self-realization.
▪️Within the Saksrit alphabet, there are 54 letters. Each letter has a feminine and masculine version – totalling 108.
▪️The sun’s diameter is approximately 108 times the size of the earth and the average distance from the Earth to the sun is 108 times the diameter of the sun.
▪️The average distance from the Earth to the Moon is approximately 108 times the moon’s diameter.
HOW TO ACTIVATE MALAS?
▪️A traditional mantra for activating and sealing in the energy in your new rudraksha mala is “Om Hrim Namah Shivaya Om.”
▪️Chant this mantra at least three times.
▪️Sit for at least five minutes to seal the energetic bond.
▪️Once you have activated your mala beads, you may want to cleanse and clean them from time to time.