Article by Shirin Joshi
A mala is a string of beads, usually of 108 beads, used in meditation or prayer. It is also known as japa mala or meditation mala. Mala is used as a tool in different meditative practices to keep counting of chanting or reciting sacred mantras. In Hinduism, this practice of meditative repetition of a sacred mantra or the name of God silently or aloud is known as Japa. Japa mala helps the practitioner to focus on the soulful recitation rather than counting the numbers. Japa enhances the meditative practices. Using this string of beads for prayer can be dated back beyond the written history. Using mala is virtually common in all the major religions and other spiritual practices. In Kundalini yoga meditation, mala is considered as an important spiritual tool for its close connection with Nada yoga, the yogic practice of reciting sacred sounds and mantras.
Generally tulsi wood, rudraksh, crystal, sandal wood are the materials used to make malas. Certain properties of each of these materials leave subtle effects on the human subconscious mind. Eachmala has an extra bead i.e. the 109th bead which is called by various names like Sumeru, Guru bead, stupa etc. A tassel hangs from this Guru bead, which symbolizes a thousand lotus petals. This helpful device holds the concentration of the practitioner even if there are disturbing and distracting noises in the surroundings. The traditional way of using a mala is holding it in the right hand between the thumb and the middle finger. Hang the mala between your fingers and rotate the beads one by one as you recite the mantras. Roll one bead after reciting the complete mantra once. in Kundalini yoga meditation, start from the next bead after the Guru Bead and move towards by rolling from one beads to another while repeating the mantra. Use the thumb to pull the next bead after reciting the complete mantra. Thus, you will reach the summit or the Guru bead after completing the full circle. Here one can start it again or make a special prayer with that Sumeru or Guru bead.
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The author writes for Spirit Voyage which is offering various CDs and DVDs for practicing Kundalini Yoga and other yoga forms. Spirit Voyage also offers different kinds of yoga clothes and yoga accessories such as yoga rugs, meditation cushions and yoga mats.