More about malachites:
A mala is more than just a fashionable necklace. Mala beads help you find peace of body, soul and mind, which is why so many people are instinctively drawn to mala beads. In everyday life, we wear mala beads as a reminder, the touch of which helps calm the mind during everyday trials.
Originally, the mala was a counting device used in the practice of meditation. The mala usually consists of 108 beads and a final, larger so-called guru eye, which can also be called "sumeru", "bindu", "stupa" and the "guru bead". Counting should always be started with the next bead and in the Vedic tradition this special bead is not crossed, but instead the direction of counting is reversed.
Mala beads can be made from precious stones, semi-precious stones, crystals, wood, bone or rudraksha seeds, all of which carry certain energies. Wearing a mala as a necklace or bracelet helps show the power of its material, but its primary purpose is to aid meditation. The beads help the meditator to count. Counting is done using the thumb and forefinger, it is a sign of disrespect if the beads touch the middle finger.
We often see malas that have three additional eyes that are different from the others. These divide the mala into four parts of 27 grains each. It is said that there are many reasons why the mala has 108 beads. One of these is that the 100 eyes of the mala symbolize the ancient pure 100 peaceful and wrathful deities within us, and the number 8 the eight bodhisattva levels before our enlightenment. The closing eye embodies enlightenment.
But according to other sources, this number can also symbolize that 108 energy lines lead to the heart chakra, and that the diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth, and the distance between the two celestial bodies is 108 times the diameter of the sun.
Since it is an important part of Tibetan Buddhist practice to repeat certain mantras thousands or even hundreds of thousands of times, mentally or aloud, it is useful to use a mala when counting prayers, which helps in counting, acts like a spiritual abacus. When using the mala, the user usually repeats the most common mantras such as "Om mani padme hum", "Om tare tuttare ture soha" or "Om muni muni maha munize soha".
Traditionally, during meditation, we move the eyes with our thumbs. In this way, one eye per mantra is spun through the index finger. When we reach the closing stitch, we turn the mala in the other direction, starting a new round. This symbolizes that the bodhisattva, when he attains enlightenment, returns to the conditioned world to help all beings and lead them to enlightenment.
In Tibetan culture, there are basically no strict rules for counting malas and mantras. Everyone does it a little differently. It is generally recommended to use the mala with the left hand, but some Tibetans perform the exercises with the right hand. There are generally accepted ways of using the mala, but these are less important than intention and prayer. If you repeat the mantra with a pure heart while using the mala, then you are doing the right thing.
The best motivation when using the mala is that every time we reach the 108th bead, we deeply feel that we have reached enlightenment. In this way, when we move backwards in the crumbing of the pearls, we continue with the knowledge that as noble bodhisattvas we repeat the mantras for the benefit of beings. This strengthens the bodhicitta, the consciousness of enlightenment.
Sometimes two counters are placed on the mala, which consist of a short cord and small rings attached to it. One is decorated with a dorge, the other with a bell. These serve as an extra help in counting the mantras spoken, since after each round we can move a ring to the other end of the string.
Malas can be used for different activities:
- healing: a mala made of wood and seeds is recommended for these
-bringer of abundance: a mala made of precious stones is recommended
- protective activity: turquoise or rudraksha mala is recommended
The 27 mesh wrist mala can also be used just as effectively, since 4x 27 is 108.
Malas are not only worn by Buddhists, anyone can wear them. It's no coincidence that you like a mala made of a particular stone/stone combination, since the given mineral solves the happenings of the current external and internal world, or even helps to achieve and maintain healthy, loving, happy states.
How to choose mala?
Are you looking for the perfect mala, but don't know how to choose? There's no wrong way to choose your mule, but there are a few considerations that can help you choose.
If you can't choose a mala because there is too much information or you like several, simply listen to your intuition and you will make the right decision. You just have to love it and use it!