Mala made of shell material, with in each bead the OMPH mantra! The beadle cord is mainly used to count recited mantras. So it actually has the same function as a rosary (Catholic Bribery Cable). Beads made of (semi-)precious stones, pearls, shellbone, bodhi seeds or wood are suitable for many purposes, for counting all kinds of mantras or other prayers, bends, tours and the like. The cord is the same for all mala’s, and should consist of nine wires that symbolize the Buddha Vajradhara and the eight bodhisattva’s. The large bead at the end represents the wisdom that realizes the complete emptiness and the cylindrical bead above it is the emptiness itself. Together they symbolise that all opponents have been defeated. 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 when reciting or singing the mantra. Mantra is the practical use of secret forces to help us move forward. Mantra is a collection of letters from the alphabet. The effect is achieved by the repetition of the mantra; this becomes deeper the longer one recites. Essential is the sound produced by reciting. This sound produces and creates a unique spiritual impression in the person who recites. It is said that a mantra is like a human being; one has to go through several stages before the real effect is achieved: ‘purification of mental impressions’. There are several mantras that have their potential strength in themselves; these mantras may only be transferred from Master to Insider. These are the so-called ‘Siddha Mantras’. Om Mani Padme Hum (OMPMH ) is the best known and most widely used Buddhist mantra. Anyone who feels inspired can use this mantra. So it does not require the dedication of a master. Cancelling or singing this mantra brings you to rest. Then you come back to yourself. Literally Om Mani Padme Hum means: ‘I honour the pearl in the lotus’. The mantra is addressed to the bodhisatva Avalokitesvara, who is asked for advice and comfort. This is also the owner of the jewel (wisdom) in the lotus. Avalokiteshvara is a Buddha, who often reveals himself as a saint. The Buddha symbolizes a great power of compassion. Without distinction and without partiality, this Buddha is given to all sentient beings.
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