What are Mala Beads?

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What are Mala Beads?

Mala beads are a string of beads traditionally used in prayer and meditation. They are also a beautiful reminder of our intentions.

Malas can be made from gemstones that match the intention of your practice, and often malas are placed in shrines as a reminder of affirmations. Malas are also referred to as mala beads, Buddhist beads or Buddhist prayer beads.

The most common number of beads are 108, which is considered to be a very auspicious number in Buddhism and Hinduism. They also come in 27 and 111 as well.

Mala beads have been used in Buddhism and Hinduism for centuries. Buddhists malas are often made up of different types of wood, such as sandalwood and rosewood. In Hinduism, you will find malas made with rudraksha, which is considered a very holy and protective seed.

USEFUL TIP: You don’t need to know any mantras, just repeat any affirmations you want and you will notice the power of the mala beads. (eg: Give me strength, give me courage)