A soothing and aromatic Sandalwood Jap Mala. Sandalwood is the symbol of Brahma and blessed by Lakshmi. It enlightens the consciousness and provides improved concentration.
A mala is a tool for meditation and prayer and is usually a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a 'sumeru'.
Sandalwood’s magical powers are believed to enhance your meditation and increase the power of your wishes. It's benefits are Clairvoyance, divination, good luck, meditation, protection and success.
Grown in Asia and East India, Sandalwood was originally used at funeral ceremonies; burnt so the scent could carry the soul into the next life. The aroma which retains its fragrance for decades, comes from the wood itself. The warm soothing scent of sandalwood helps the mind to unwind and helps open the heart to love.
Size of beads: 6mm
Weight: 15 grams
In ancient Buddhist tradition, Sandalwood has been celebrated as the perfect meditation tool for thousands of years. It is widely believed that the sandalwood scent can stimulate sensuality, grant a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation. Burning sandalwood incense can benefit healing work by promoting a deeper relaxed state in the healer, increasing spiritual energy.
The mala beads are moved in rhythm with the breath and the mantra to help quiet and focus the mind during meditation. Over time, use and wearing, malas absorb the energy and vibrations for which it is used and often the simple of act of picking them up can slip the practitioner into a meditative state.
The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways - In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead towards oneself with each repetition of the mantra. In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained - one bead at a time.Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala.
The practice begins at the summit bead (sumeru) and continues around the loop until the summit is reached again. The summit bead is never passed over. So if you plan to do more than 1 round, the mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction.