Welcome to my shungite mala collection! These beautiful gemstone malas are hand-knotted on pure silk cord with love and mindful intention. The sacred mantra "om" is spoken with the addition of each bead.
What are Mala Beads?
Malas originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, and yoga. In Sanskrit the term "mala" means "meditation garland." Think of it as the Buddhist equivalent of the Catholic rosary. Originally, mala beads were used for a special style of meditation called japa, which means "to recite.” Japa meditation involves the repetition of a mantra, and mala beads are used to keep count. A mantra is recited as each bead is passed between the fingers, going around the entire mala until 108 repetitions have been spoken.
The number 108 is considered sacred in yoga, Hinduism, and Buddhism. For example, there are 108 Hindu goddess names, 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, 108 energy lines that converge to form the heart chakra, and 108 sacred sites in India (pithas). In yoga, the number 108 signifies spiritual completion. In my malas, the 108 beads do not include marker beads. Marker beads with a different size or texture are used as gentle reminders of count. For example, they can be used to divide the 108 beads into four sections of 27 or two sections of 54.
What is a Guru Bead?
The Guru bead is the larger bead at the end of the mala string that represents the teacher within, as well as one's teachers along the way. It is traditional to stop and pay respect to your teachers when reaching the Guru bead - saying thank you and reflecting on the intentions of your practice.
The tassel is not just a decoration but has symbolic significance as well. The tassel represents enlightenment, oneness, divine consciousness, and the illusion of duality. The strands appear separate but in reality are all connected. Some malas feature a pendant instead of a tassel.
How Do I Choose a Mala?
Choosing a mala is much like choosing a necklace or bracelet - let it choose you! What calls to you? What are you drawn to? It's a matter of listening. Each of my malas is created with shungite and other gemstones chosen for their particular energetic properties, as well as their beauty. Let your heart be your guide!