Demystifying Mala Beads (plus a gift certificate giveaway!) // ENDED
Most yogis probably have some idea about what mala beads are, but we’re betting you also have questions you’ve been too scared to ask, lest you reveal yourself to be not the most Zen, spiritual person ever.
What are Mala Beads?
Mala beads are a string of beads used to count sacred mantras in the yogic and Buddhist traditions. Mala is a Sanskrit word meaning garland. Japa is a Sanskrit word meaning recitation or repetition. Japa meditation is performed while repeating a mantra, silently or aloud, and counted to 108 using a set of mala beads. This combination of chanting a mantra while counting with mala beads is a powerful way to keep one’s attention focused.
Mala beads are seen in many other cultures and religions but are called different names, such as prayer beads, rosary beads or worry beads. Over two-thirds of the world’s population employ some type of prayer beads as part of their spiritual practice.
About Japa Mala Beads
Japa Mala Beads has been making and importing mala beads since 2004. Their unique malas are “designed by an artist and strung by a yogi.” Most of their beautiful mala beads are handmade in the USA. They use the strongest stringing materials available and have one of the best breakage guarantees in the business–108 days (get it?)! All of their bracelet and necklace malas have suggested Sanskrit and Tibetan mantras listed. Using these mantras is optional, but further increases the potency of the japa practice.
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: the giveaway!
One winner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Japa Mala Beads. The certificate does not expire and can be used toward any items on their website, including mala beads, boxes, bags, bead stacks and alter sets! Sounds nifty, right?
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We’ll choose and contact a random winner on November 3. Good luck!
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