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Iolite 27 Bead Hand Mala

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*Please note: this is for meditation purposes. It is too large to be worn as a bracelet.

9“ Hand Mala with 23- 8mm Iolite beads, 4-8mm Olive Serpentine beads and finished with Pewter "Guru" bead.

Ancient mariners used Iolite as a compass to guide their way to sea. It is believed to unlock creativity in an artist. Use to discover the lost parts of self and inner treasures. An excellent stone for shamanic journeying or to assist in recovering information from past lives. Clears the third eye chakra. A stone of vision and creative expression.
It supports the healing of the eyes, stimulates memory and helps with sleep imbalances.

27 Bead Hand Mala (Meditation Beads)

Hand malas are used for meditation. A hand mala is a string of 27 beads with one bead as the summit bead called a ‘sumeru’ or ‘guru bead’. The hand mala is to be done 4 times to equal 108. When used for meditation a mala can aid in focusing by helping to keep the mind from wondering and helping to keep one from falling asleep. A Japa Mala is a mala that is used for counting mantras. It is important that if a mala is used to count mantras, the mantra be remembered with sincerity, devotion, feeling and full attention. There are many, many reasons (some say there are 108 different reasons) as to why there are 108 beads. Here are a few of my favorite:

-In traditional Buddhist thought, people are said to have 108 afflictions or klesas. There are six senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and consciousness) multiplied by three reactions (positive, negative, or indifference) making 18 "feelings." Each of these feelings can be either "attached to pleasure or detached from pleasure" making 36 "passions", each of which may be manifested in the past, present, or future. All the combinations of all these things makes a total of 108, which are represented by the beads in the ojuzu.
-There are said to be 108 earthly desires in mortals.
-There are said to be 108 lies that humans tell.
-There are said to be 108 human delusions or forms of ignorance.
-The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
-The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
-Some say there are 108 styles of meditation.

How to use:

The mala is traditionally held in the right hand and used in two ways -

In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala by one bead towards oneself with each repetition of the mantra.

In the other method, the mala is hanging on the middle finger, with the thumb used to rotate the mala just as explained - one bead at a time.

Either way, the index finger is never used to touch the mala.

The practice begins at the sumeru (guru) bead and continues around the loop until the summit is reached again. The summit bead is never passed over. The mala is turned around to proceed again in the reverse direction. This is done 4 rounds to equal 108 times.

By using a mala for meditation, whenever the mala is taken up, it automatically conditions the mind to the meditative state. The mala that you use for Mantra Japa meditation should not be exhibited and is best kept privately in a special mala bag.

*No claims are made. These alleged powers are gathered from writing, books, folklore and various sources.

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Iolite 27 Bead Hand Mala


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  • Materials: Iolite, Olive Serpentine, pewter, string
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