The beads are about 6 – 7 mm and consist of the gemstone Black Tourmaline.
The bead necklace is mainly used to count mantras that are recited. Thus, it actually has the same function as a rosary (catholic rosary). Beads made of (half) gemstones, pearls, bodhi seeds or wood are suitable for many purposes: counting all kinds of mantras or other prayers, bowing down, walkabouts and such.
The mala with 108 beads is used for reciting or singing mantras. The number 108 is the ideal number for all purposes. It is important that our thoughts are pure while reciting or singing the mantra. Mantra is the practical use of secret powers that help us move forward. Mantra is a collection of letters from the alphabet. The effect is achieved by repeating the mantra; this becomes deeper the longer one recites. The sounds that are produced during recitation are essential. This sound produces and creates a unique spiritual impression in the person reciting. It is said that a mantra is like a human being; one has to go through different stages before the real effect is achieved: ‘purification of mental impressions’. There are several mantras that contain their potential power in themselves; these mantras can only be transferred from Master to Adept. These are the so-called ‘Siddha Mantras’.
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