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Why does a mala have 108 beads?
Last Updated: 20th February, 2020
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Thereof, do mala beads have to be 108?
Traditionally, malas, or garlands of prayerbeads,come as a string of 108 beads (plus one forthe "gurubead," around which the other 108 beadsturn like theplanets around the sun). A mala is used forcounting as yourepeat a mantra—much like the Catholicrosary.
Also Know, what is the significance of 108 in Buddhism? In Buddhism, there are said to be108earthly desires in mortals, 108 lies humans telland108 human delusions. In Yoga, 108 Sun Salutationsareoften practiced to honor change. For example, to bringpeace,respect and understanding at a time of tragedy or to honorthechange of seasons.
In this way, why are there 109 beads on a mala?
“Mala beads encourage a calmer mind,body,and soul. That is why people are so drawn tothem.”Mala necklaces are strands of109beads—typically stones, crystals, sandalwood,orrudraksha beads that carrycertainenergy—traditionally used during japa meditation,where amantra is quietly repeated 108 times.
How do you use 108 mala beads?
Hold your mala in your right hand, drapedbetweenyour middle and index fingers. Starting at the gurubead,use your thumb to count each smallerbead, pulling ittoward you as you recite your mantra. Dothis 108 times,traveling around the mala, until youonce again reach theguru bead.