What is a Mala?
A Mala is basically a prayer tool or necklace that can be used in many different ways.
Traditionally, Malas, or literally “garland of beads, flowers or prayers,” come as a string of 108 beads (plus one for the “Guru Bead,” around which the other 108 beads turn like the planets around the sun).
A Mala is used for counting as you repeat a mantra—much like the Catholic rosary.
Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, & Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance.
Malas are also used as personal spiritual jewelry. Every gemstone is said to have different properties, energies, and meanings that can assist the wearer in whatever their intention(s) may be for themselves.
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Why 108 Beads in a Mala?
There are many reasons for 108 beads in a Mala. Here are a few:
The diameter of the Sun multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Sun and the Earth. The diameter of the Moon multiplied by 108 equals the distance between the Earth and the Moon. The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
The chakras are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra. One of them, sushumna leads to the crown chakra, and is said to be the path to Self-realization.
Some say there are 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 related to the present, and 36 related to the future.
In astrology, there are 12 houses and 9 planets. 12 times 9 equals 108.
Broken Mala Beads: Meaning & Options
Your mala has been created using the finest materials and craftsmanship but because of constant use, time, rough handling or exposing to chemicals or the elements, your mala can break. It is common and perfectly natural to feel sadness when a treasured mala breaks. A frequently worn and used mala is not just a strand of beads worn around your neck–mala beads symbolize all of the intentions, prayers, promises, and practices established through months or years of your meditation and yoga practice.
In both the yogic and buddhist traditions, a broken mala is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma or other negative traits. A broken mala can be seen as a positive sign of progression along one’s yogic path and an auspicious opportunity to reflect on the blessings of peace, luck and prosperity received from the use of the mala beads.
Use this event as a sign to create new intentions into your life and to cultivate the courage and inner-strength to step into a fuller version of yourself. Lastly, the breaking of a mala is a powerful reminder of the nature of impermanence and the importance of practicing detachment.
Time for Reflection
If your mala breaks, you have a fantastic opportunity to reflect on what karmic and life changes arose just before or after it broke. Spiritual breakthroughs are sometimes very dramatic and noticeable, but often they are subtle and can pass by unnoticed unless we pause to reflect on them.
Should you repair or replace your broken mala?
Depending on your process and beliefs, you may wish to restring your mala. This would be recommended if you feel the mala broke prematurely or if you don’t feel complete in the mantra practice you were using it with. I am more than happy to do this and we can discuss the process. My malas are guaranteed against defective materials or any defect for one month after purchase. Normal wear and tear are not covered.