ABOUT THIS MALA:
8mm Onyx & White Jade Mala with 108 well-crafted Black Onyx Beads, White Jade and silver markers, Black Onyx guru bead, and finished with an adjustable knot. We use bead cord or cable made out of long lasting materials, authentic three holed head or guru bead, "guru, parent or mother bead” completed with a finely finished adjustable slipknot, also known as a Tibetan Snake Knot. All malas come in a gift box!
ABOUT BLACK ONYX:
Gemologically, natural Onyx is similar to other cryptocrystalline quartz and is much harder than some varieties sold as Onyx, which are much softer and are made of calcite. Onyx may be a multilayered black and white stone, usually with a black base and a white upper layer. Onyx is mined in the US, Italy and Mexico.
Black Onyx: Helps one to change bad habits and is a powerful healing and grounding stone. Black stone in the Feng Shui tradition is considered "Yin” and is folklore says it helps with emotional protection and increased power. It is associated with the root "chakra.”
White Jade: Dissipates negative energy, assists psychic energies, and increases generosity and well-being.
PURPOSE OF MALA BEADS:
Traditionally, the beads are used during meditation. In the process of quieting your mind, complete concentration may not come easily at first. Mala prayer beads help you keep your focus while chanting mantras. A "mantra” is somewhat similar to words of affirmation. You can say an encouraging phrase or series of phrases to connect you to either your higher self, or higher power. Hold the beads in your left hand and feel their energy as you meditate. Beginning after the previously mentioned guru bead, move your fingers along the string after each chant until you’ve completed the circle. Once you’re finished, you should feel connected. Enlightened. Free.
A "mala” is a string of 108 beads, including a "guru bead”, which is noticeably different from the others. The traditional malas have 108 beads, the number of beads can vary depending upon the particular sect of Buddhism, the guru beads and markers are not included in the 108 beads. People often ask why 108? Well the most commonly stated and accepted reason is as follows: 1 represents the Source, the higher truth or the universe, 0 stands for humbleness, emptiness, and the willingness to learn. Finally the number 8 is related with infinity, eternity and timelessness.
So why are there 108 beads specifically on a mala? In ancient Vedic tradition, 108 was the number of existence itself. This sacred number is seen all over Indian culture, from 108 sacred yogic texts to 108 sacred sites throughout the country, and 108 marma points (or sacred sites within the body). Highly attuned to the chakra system, the ancient Vedics also identified 108 lines of energy converging into the heart chakra.
108 beads is said to represent the following formula: 6 x 3 x 2 x3 = 108 6 senses of a human being: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought 3 times: past, present, future 2 conditions of heart, mind or intention: pure or impure 3 disturbing emotional states or "kleshia”: like, dislike, indifference.
On an even larger scale, the Vedics calculated the Sun’s diameter to be precisely 108 times that of the Earth’s diameter, expanding the sacredness of this number vastly into the universal realm. And it wasn’t just the Vedics who identified this sacred number; in Islam, the number 108 refers to God, and in Judaism, 108 is related to the word "chai”, meaning "life”.
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