Simply put, a mala is a very sacred and meaningful necklace, traditionally used for meditation and mantra repetition. Malas can help focus and calm the mind.
First worn in India over 3000 years ago, malas have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga. Originally, malas were used for a special style of meditation called “Japa”, which means, “to recite”. In Japa meditation, a mantra – a word or sound repeated during meditation to help you concentrate - was repeated 108 times, using a mala to keep track. It’s for this reason that malas are traditionally made of 108 beads (or derivatives of that number ie. 9, 27, 54, 81, etc).
The 109th stone, at the summit of the mala – known as the guru bead, is meant for a time of reflection and gratitude. It is at this point in our practice where we give thanks to our spiritual guides and reflect on the intentions we’ve set for ourselves.
It’s a common belief that when malas are used regularly for meditation and repeating mantras, they absorb the vibrations of the practice. So the more you use and wear it, the more positive energy it absorbs and reflects back.
All this being said, malas can be worn by anyone and at anytime, even if you do not currently practice meditation. Today, they are gaining in popularity as fashion accessories and for an overall sense of peace and purpose.
MalaRae malas are unique in that they are handmade, knotted between each stone and made entirely of gemstones. These gemstones are said to carry healing and beneficial energy. Learn more about our gemstones and their amazing properties here.