The Rosewood Mala Beads are traditionally used to count the repetition of a mantra. Rosewood is warming, and it improves circulation, and protects one from negative energy. The Rosewood Mala Beads are comprised of 108 beads, with each bead approximately 8mm in diameter. The number 108 bears spiritual significance across many religions.
Each bead is a dark cherry colour (with slight variance in each bead). The mala beads are handmade in India and feature a small red handmade thread tassel.
Our handmade malas feature traditional hand knots between each bead, which strengthens the mala beads. Japa Meditation uses the beads to count the repetition of a mantra, and so the hand knots create more space between the beads, ensuring that the beads are more comfortable for Japa Meditation.
The mala beads feature 108 beads, and another 109th bead called the Guru Bead. The Guru Bead is attached to the other 108 beads, and also to the red handmade thread tassel. The Guru Bead is said to represent the student-guru relationship. Japa Meditation is started on the bead next to the Guru Bead, and it is believed to be disrespectful to cross over the guru bead.
The tassel represents our oneness. As the strings join together to form one tassel, they represent how we join together and connect with each other, and to the divine.
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