What is a Mala?

Lauren Saraswati Zavlunov
A free video tutorial from Lauren Saraswati Zavlunov
Mala Artist, Social Media Maven, Meditation Expert
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Lecture description

Malas have been used as tool for focus during meditation for hundreds of years. Learn the basics of what a mala is in this video.

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The Mala Workshop: Transformative Meditation with Mala Beads

A beginner's journey into the beautiful world of malas, the sacred tool to manifesting a fulfilling meditation practice.

31:07 of on-demand video • Updated September 2014

  • By the end of this course you will know what a japa mala is, it's origins, how to use the mala and create your own fulfilling daily meditation practice.
  • You will also learn how to use (and pronounce) powerful mantras, how to intuitively choose a mantra for your practice and how to create sacred space for your practice.
  • In addition, you will have the tools to find a mala that is right for you and your practice, how to care for your mala and how to energetically "cleanse your mala".
English [Auto] Now let's talk about exactly what Ammal is amala is a set of one hundred and eight beads that are used to recite or count a mantra you'll often hear them refer to as a drop of Mollah Joppa is the actual recitation of a mantra as a practice. Now Jacques is the Sanskrit root for low uttering. So you can begin reciting your mantra in a normal voice and gradually you will bring it down to a whisper and then you'll do it internally. That's the basic practice to keep it internally is the most powerful. So small I have here to see is made of dropshot this is a very simple molla. It is strong 108 through dropships seeds which is a seed bead that is from India growing in India is also referred to as the tears of Shiva because there was a lovely story about how Shiva saw mankind suffering and wept tears down to the earth. And these were his tears. You'll see that there is little knots in between so that you can use them to account easily with your finger. And we'll learn how to do that very soon. You'll see there's one bead here which is actually the 193rd that is not counted in meditation. That's called the beat or the Miru mountain beat. So this is the point where we stop and we do not count and we do not cross over. We'll talk about that. Do you not cross over this be this is the part where we stop and we reflect and we thank our teachers for giving us the inspiration and the knowledge that we have today. It's a very wonderful thing to stop at the end and just give that beat a little extra respect and very often you'll see ones with tassels. Or you may see ones like the ones that I create. They do have tassels and some of them just have a large ruby that can be a much much larger baby or can be exactly the same size. In this case it happens to be the exact same size. It doesn't matter what it looks like as long as you're using it for practice. It's all good. Somalis have been used for hundreds of years for the practice. 108 is a very sacred number. You'll see Mallos that are 50 for beads 4:27 beads. Those are all divisions of the sacred number of 108. There are many many stories and myths and reasons that we've heard. One hundred eight 1 0 8 is considered a Harshad number Harshad meaning great joy. And this beautiful mathematical number basically the it's divisible by the sum of its parts. So there is mathematical perfection and beauty within the number of 108. Also one can simplify unity the one zero can be symbolic for emptiness and eight can be infinity looks just like an infinity sign. So that's another one that I've heard people really are inspired by whatever it is your model will be 108 beads and 1 0 9 that extra Garou. So we'll see you in the next video. We'll show you how to choose a mansion for yourself and then we'll proceed to actually use the Molla and talk a little bit more about how to care for it.