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These handmade paper beads are actually tiny mantra prayer scrolls, tightly hand-rolled from vintage (1970's) woven craft paper in a sophisticated, earthy, warm brown. Inside each bead, the gayatri mantra is written repeatedly in ancient Sanskrit.

"om bhur om bhuava om swaha om maha om janaha om tapaha om satam
om thath savitur varenyam bharego devasya dhimahi dhiyo yonaha prachodayat"

The rhythmic syllables of this mantra, when written or recited in repetition, bring a wonderful feeling of peace and meditation. The mantra is repeated approximately 40 times within each bead. While the literal translation of this mantra (and many mantras) is widely debated, many who study it find the essential meaning-- illumination of the intellect with the goal of ultimate enlightenment via following ones endowed nature. Or in other words, finding enlightenment by learning to be true to yourself.

You can see the writing continued on the outside, creating beautiful brown patterns on the surface. These beads are finished with hand painted 18k gold leaf and brown satin thread wrap details. This listing is for two large and detailed focal beads, as pictured.

Each bead is varnished for shine and durability. They are thick and sturdy, but very light, making them great for chunky or heavily layered beading projects because they do not grow heavy even in large numbers. These beads would be especially well suited for creating mala, which are beaded rosaries used to help count while reciting mantra.

These beads measure 25 mm (a little over an inch) by 8 mm. Their large (5mm) holes enable them to be strung on on macrame, jute, hemp, or leather cord with ease. Please see ruler and penny in photo four for further size reference.

Scrolls do not open, but are sealed forever with their magic inside. These beads are varnished, making them water resistant, but not water proof-- meaning I wouldn't go scuba diving with them, but getting caught in a light rainstorm shouldn't hurt them any.

For more handmade paper beads in a variety of colors, please visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/IndustrialAdornment?section_id=11283480

Mantra Beads - Prayer Scroll Handmade Paper Bead Focal Pair - Gayatri Mantra- Brown - 2 pcs


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  • Materials: vintage craft paper, varnish
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