The practice of mantra recitation has flourished for untold millennia to help focus the mind, cultivate calmness, purify negative emotions, and gain wisdom.
Lotus seed malas are said to imbue special blessings from the land of Buddha Shakyamuni who attained complete enlightenment while meditating under the sacred Bodhi Tree. Moreover, the special property of the lotus seed is to ‘enrich and multiply’ one’s merit, and it is generally cherished as auspicious. Note that, with daily use, the beads will develop a stunning darker shade of patina due to the natural oils in one’s hands. Some Tibetans believe the darker the mala beads, the more merit accumulated by the practitioner..
To inspire and motivate progress in your mantra recitation, mala counters and marker clips can be added. When not using your mala, it should be kept safely and treated with respect. A mala bag ensure protection and longevity, and encases the mala thoughtfully for gifting to others.
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Malas make a lovely, meaningful gift and ideally should be blessed by a spiritual teacher or master.