WHAT IS A MALA?
Malas come in all different forms and shapes just like the humans that use them. They have been around since ancient times and are traditionally referred to as prayer beads. Their use can be found in various spiritual traditions that cultivate meditation practice. Japa Mala is an ancient Hindu practice in which you repeat a mantra or phrase to calm, center, and overcome the noise of the mind and enter a state of meditation. There are many mantras to choose from, traditionally your spiritual teacher is the one that gives you yours.
“During meditation, malas anchor your focus through the simple sensation of the beads running past your fingertips.”
Mahi malas are inspired by this beautiful Indian-Hindu tradition. Our malas are a set of 108 uniquely chosen beads, hand strung in a circular form and grounded by the guru bead. We utilize traditional rudraksha and stringing techniques while blending an assortment of healing gemstones and modern pendants. These beautiful ancient tools support you in your spiritual practice and bring you to the present moment. During meditation, malas anchor your focus through the simple sensation of the beads running past your fingertips. They are also believed to shield you from negativity, and regular meditation can even increase their power. Your mala is a perfect daily prompt to privately reflect throughout even the most hectic of days. At MAHI, we are seeking to spread the mala love, and hope that people of any background can feel welcomed to wear one of our pieces.
Mala beads were created long ago to act as a physical reminder to focus on mantra and meditation. Their purpose was to recite Sanskrit prayers or mantras upon them. These ancient spiritual symbols can be seen in all facets of religions and cultures throughout history. If you look hard enough, you can see mala like beads all around you, within Rosaries, worry beads, Misbaha and simply prayer beads. Though each religion and culture creates and uses their prayer beads in unique ways, their spiritual significance is their universal tie.
“These ancient spiritual symbols can be seen in all facets of religions and cultures throughout history. Though each religion and culture creates and uses their prayer beads in unique ways, their spiritual significance is their universal tie.”
Beaded jewelry has been used throughout history for a variety of different intents and purposes. The oldest surviving beads were made of shells and were discovered upon the continent of Africa over 10,000 years later. Ancient malas are believed to have come to existence in the 8th century in Buddhist India. These prayer beads were traditionally made from Bodhi seeds or rudraksha and sometimes from lotus seeds and sandalwood. Mala beads are now made from a variety of different materials and are purposefully created using stones and seeds with specific properties and energies.
Ancient malas are believed to have come to existence in the 8th century in Buddhist India. These prayer beads were traditionally made from Bodhi seeds or rudraksha and sometimes from lotus seeds and sandalwood.
Japa mala beads come in sets of 108 or a divisor of that number (27 or 54). One cycle of mantra recitation is 100, so the spiritually significant 108 allows for a few human errors along the way. Japa mala literally translates to “garland recitation”. Recitation of prayer or mantra upon this garland has been used upon prayer beads has been a powerful awakening tool.
HOW SHOULD I CHOOSE A MALA?
Each mala created by MAHI has it’s own unique design and intention, and finding the perfect one is a truly personal decision. We believe that choosing a mala should be based on the feeling that it gives to you. When selecting your mala, you might be drawn to the color or a specific healing property of a gemstone, or perhaps you will decide to focus your decision upon a specific intention in your life. Use your intuition as your guide and know that any mala that you choose will be a great step into meditation and balance.