Many sacred traditions and religions use strings of beads as an aid to prayer, chants, or meditation. This symbol, when used in spiritual practice, may be seen as an aide on the pathway to enlightenment, a sacred object that acts as a carrier of the soul.
A Japamala or mala – Sanskrit for ‘garland’ – is a string of prayer beads commonly used in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Shinto, for the spiritual practice known as Japa.
Japa – to recite – is the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name.
Malas are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra or prayer.
Beads, which may be gemstones, rudraksha seeds, sandalwood.
Hand knotting is a beautiful, meditative process that creates a small space between each bead, which makes it easier to move through the mala during meditation. On one level, the string represents the connection between humans and the divine.
The Guru – a bead, gemstone, or tassel – is not used for counting mantras but is the place where we stop… pause, and reflect. It is there as a symbol … of our Teacher, our understanding of the Divine. It is set apart from the 108, reminding us that our Teacher is beyond the Universe and us.
The tassel is symbolic of the roots of a lotus flower. The lotus flower a representation of growth, as its journey is one through mud… ultimately developing into a beautiful flower. Tying the last knot of the mala to the tassel symbolizes our recognition of this growth and our important connection to Divine inspiration.
Every mala, as unique as the wearer, may represent something different to each person – a tool for meditation, a reminder of an intention, a piece or gem that inspires you, or a beautiful manifestation of a feeling.
Each Shanti Malas is created to be a beautiful, functional meditation tool, to assist the spirit on its journey, and help the wearer aline with their highest self.