Hey, we know Mala’s are a gorgeous accessory, but if you would like dive into its spiritual context here you go. Mala Bead practice is a wonderful way to stabilize your mind and as you move inward into deeper peace, awareness and healing. Each LINKA Mala bead necklace has 108 beads, with each 27 beads marked with a smaller bead. The number 1+0+8 = 9, which signifies mastership. Also, there are many Vedic texts that connect our solar system, Vedic deities, you can find information at <http://www.swamij.com/108.htm>. The Mala along with a Mantra is used so you can focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra rather than counting its repetitions. One repetition is usually said for each bead while turning the thumb around each bead. When arriving at the Guru bead, one turns the Mala around and then goes back in the opposing direction. Mala Mantras are typically repeated hundreds or even thousands of times using a Mantra. Another incredible element to activate different aspects of your life is to utilize different fingers as they relate to different planetary energy. You will always utilize your thumb when counting the Mala along with another finger. If you would like to channel clear communication your pinkie finger or Mercury finger. The ring finger is the Sun channels physical vitality. The middle finger is the Saturn finger and it channels emotion, The index finger is the Jupiter finger and it channels wisdom. The thumb represents one’s ego and Id. You can use your left or right hand depending on your dominant hand.
Mantra is a Sanskrit word that is derived from two root words “man” referring to the mind, and “tea” referring to an instrument. Which makes mantra a mind instrument, a vehicle that uses the sound vibrations to channel the mind, an invocation to moving the consciousness (conscious thought) to a higher plane of existence. If you are practicing Transcendental Meditation, you would receive the vibration, sound the Universe produced as you came into existence. There are mantras for different purposes, peace, connection to God, the Infinite, living your truth, protection. There are many teachers and chants you can find online to explore this really beautiful and powerful practice. You can see some examples if you would like to follow this link: <http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/hinduism/articles/mantras-for-peace-healing-and-enlightenment.aspx> If you are not drawn to Sanskrit Mantras, you can simply repeat I am truth; God and I are one; I am that I am, Peace, Love, you can create your own as long as you are feeling the connection and essence of the mantra. You will find your rhythm. Try 108 times to start and see how you feel! Love and Blessing to You!
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