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Mala Beads – Tears of Happiness
Mala beads are just another name for prayer beads that are worn by people who practice meditation and yoga. Mala beads are used when reciting mantra, (prayers) and are also meant to bring good health and happiness to the wearer. Prayer beads are worn around the neck and the wrist by many different kinds of people from different cultures who practice mindfulness, meditation, yoga and prayers.
Mala beads are usually made from the rare seeds of the Rudraksha tree that only grows in India and Indonesia, the word Rudraksha means Tears of Shiva . The Rudraksha beads resemble small apricot kernels and are meant to be valued on how many segments each seed has inside of them. There are between 1 and 27 segments inside of the seeds and depending on your spiritual and practical needs – you will need to select the right ones for you.
In all spiritual faiths numbers are important and this goes for how many beads are on a garland too. Depending on the faith and culture – the number of segments on each garland or mala will be different as well as the number of beads. Japa Mala beads have 111 +1 or 108 +1 depending who you ask- the plus 1 being symbolic of the divine. The rosary – the catholic prayer beads are designed with 59 beads and the Misbaha – the islamic prayer beads are 99.
Mala and rosary can be made of organic materials that include lava, mineral rocks and semi-precious stones, precious metals, bone, shells, pearl and wood. Different organic compounds compose different resonant frequencies – just like a medical prescription, different compounds suit different needs. But it is the Rudraksha, and Tulsi beads that remain the favourite amongst spiritualists of the east.
Not All Beads Created Equal
The Rudraksha plant itself is a very potent healing plant, (Ayurvedic Medicine), the seeds, berries, bark, leaves, and even ash are used to treat inflammatory diseases, measles, dermal problems and skin rashes, mumps, measles, schizophrenia and cancer. There are 360 species of Rudraksha found across Australasia, and 25 are unique to India alone. The different strains appear to have various medicinal properties, as well as a different energetic and spiritual value.
The value of the beads is given based on their Mukhi – the number of individual segments counted inside the seeds. The number influences how the beads work and their spiritual value. The number of Mukhi range from 1 up to 27, 1 being the rarest. Single Mukhi Rudraksha is of the highest importance and is meant to enhance your spiritual development. The warning to someone who wears the single Mukhi is they are likely to renounce all worldly possessions and leave his family within seven days.
Rudraksha beads also have the ability to determine the difference between negative and positive energy and can tell if water has been contaminated and is undrinkable. There are other mystical qualities that set the Rudraksha beads apart from other types of Mala Beads including the electromagnetic properties of the seeds and the the ayurvedic quality they poses.
Emily Rack is a yoga teacher, meditation instructor, freelance writer and visual content creator. She incorporates a unique creative flair into her yoga and meditation classes, courses and workshops. Emily hosts events and classes in schools and the wider community & is passionate about teaching the art of mindfulness.