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Tibetan Lotus Seed Japa Prayer Beads - 108 Beads
36" Length, Bead 76 mm
Lotus flowers are symbols of purity and 'spontaneous' generation and hence symbolize divine birth when the virtues of the Buddha develop within. This is why the Buddha sits on a lotus in bloom.
Traditional 108-bead lotus seed mala, or prayer beads, complete with a guru bead. Japa is the meditation technique used with malas to calm the mind and summon the soul. Made in Nepal with lotus seeds from India.
Size: 36" Length, Bead 76 mm
How To Use
A mala is a string of a varying number of beads and one central bead. They are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or the name, or names of a deity. It is a tool used to keep the mind on your meditation practice. Malas are generally made from different materials such as rosewood, sandalwood, lotus seeds, or bodhi seeds to name a few. Each type of material has certain properties which subtly affect the subconscious mind of the practitioner. Meditation can be quite a tricky practice because the mind is like a naughty child. By its very nature, the mind tends to wander off during meditation practice. If one's energy is low at the time of meditation, falling asleep can result. If energy is too high, fantasy and distraction become barriers. At such times, the mala provides the much-needed anchor. The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra, so that both sleep, as well as excessive mental distraction, are prevented by this action upon the beads. A personal mala is a wonderful accessory to meditation, which when used regularly with a personal mantra, absorbs the vibrations of the practice. It becomes like a close friend or a comfortable piece of clothing. There are different ways to tell the beads depending on your tradition, be it Hindu, Buddhist, or some other way. In general, the practice begins at the larger or head bead and continues around the loop until that bead is reached again. That bead is never passed over. So if you plan to do more than one round, the mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction. After a while of practicing your meditation or mantras with a mala, whenever it is taken up, it automatically conditions the mind to the meditative state.
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