What is a Mala?
A mala, which is the Sanskrit word for garland, is a string of beads – traditionally 108, in addition to one guru bead at the end of the mala – which is used as a meditation tool while chanting, reciting or silently repeating a mantra. Malas help the one wearing it to focus their mind; they are also often used to recite mantras of 108 repetitions. When not used specifically for meditation, malas can help the one wearing it to carry a sense of peace, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day.
MalaRae uses only high quality gemstones and crystals in its jewelry, all believed to have very specific healing properties. Click here to find out more about the properties of these gemstones. Our malas are handmade and knotted between each stone. The number of stones in our malas are made to the specific spiritual number of 9
What is a mantra?
A mantra, which is the Sanskrit word for sound, syllable, word or group of words, is believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Mantras are repeated during meditation to help create focus and self-transformation. Malas are used so that one can focus on the meaning of the mantra rather than think about counting repetitions. When repeating a personal mantra, the meditator can calm the mind to allow deeper levels of relaxation and awareness. For example, “I change my thoughts; I change my world” is a mantra you may recognize by the author of the book “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Check back soon for a blog post on some of our favorite mantras.
What is the significance of 108 beads on my mala?
As this is a traditional practice passed down through time, the significance of 108 beads on your mala is open for interpretation. The number 108 is significant for so many reasons but there will most likely be one or two that really resonate and feel right for you. Check back soon for a blog post on the various beliefs surrounding the significance of 108 to come shortly.
How do I use my mala?
If you would like to use your mala for meditation, start by holding your mala beads in your right or left hand (whatever feels right for you). Rest the first bead, located beside the guru bead, between your middle finger and thumb. Begin reciting your chosen mantra, counting each repetition by moving to the next bead. With each count the thumb pulls another bead in place over the middle finger. Our malas are knotted between each stone, making the movement from each stone easier. When you complete one set of mantra repetition (once you reach the guru bead), flip the mala around 180 degrees and continue in the opposite direction. Tradition states you should never pass over the guru bead to continue.
When not used for meditation, your mala can be worn to bring comfort, peace and focus. You may also choose to store it in a special place or display it on your altar.
What is the significance of the tassel and om charm?
Traditionally, tassels are symbolic of lotus blossoms, which represent and promote enlightenment. If you’ve never worn a mala before, you will soon find out how comforting the tassel on your mala is. It often becomes a habit to touch the tassel to sooth and calm the mind, sometimes without even realizing it.
Om charms are representative of a common mantra used in meditation and prayer, and are said to bring luck, harmony, peace and tranquility to the wearer.
How can malas be cleaned?
After continued wear and use, you may wish to clean your mala. Please do so gently. A simple dry soft or micro-fiber cleaning cloth is perfect for cleaning and polishing your mala beads. To freshen up your tassel, you can dip it in warm water (with a mild detergent if you wish) and hang to dry. If needed, your tassel can be ironed on a low setting and trimmed at the end with a sharp pair of scissors.
How can I cleanse my mala?
Mala beads are believed to absorb and store energy, therefore depending on your preference, you may wish to cleanse your mala beads from time to time. There are a few different ways to cleanse your mala.; it is up to personal preference. One may place it in the moonlight overnight, burn sage over it, and/or expose it to sound vibration. Please note you can also cleanse your mala by placing it in the sunlight, but we recommend that it be for no more than 10 mins since sunlight can change the colour of some gemstones. Our malas are treated to moonlight cleansing and sage burning, so it is not necessary to cleanse before wearing.
Will MalaRae jewelry cure my problems?
While many believe in the healing qualities of various gemstones, we do not intend for these products to treat, cure or prevent any disease. The results are the sole responsibility of the one wearing it. Please consult your health care professional regarding the treatment of any medical condition.
My mala does not fall perfectly straight; how can I fix it?
All our pieces are handmade, therefore some knots can be knotted a bit too tight over others. By wearing the mala, it will eventually hang straighter naturally. You may also pull gently on the beads to stretch the knot and straighten.
My mala broke; what does it mean?
A mala break can be upsetting and confusing at times. Did you know that there is beautiful symbolism behind why a mala breaks. You can read more about it here: http://malarae.com/my-mala-broke-what-does-it-mean/
Do you provide a guarantee on the jewelry?
Malas that are broken (e.g. as a result of breaking a “karmic” cycle) can be sent back once for repair at no extra cost up to 60 days after purchase. Bracelets can be sent back once for repair for up to 14 days after purchase. After which, there will be a minimal charge to repair both malas and bracelets. Repairs may take between four to six weeks to complete. Shipping costs are not covered. MalaRae is not responsible for any items lost in the repair or shipping process.
Can I return my purchases?
From the moment your item is delivered, you have 7 business days to return any jewelry that still has its tags. The purchase amount, excluding shipping, will be refunded, if already paid.
Do you offer wholesale prices?
We are always open to having our jewelry sold in studios and retail stores. If you are looking to resell our jewelry, please contact us for wholesale pricing.