How Prayer Beads Bracelet Helps You Achieve Your Zen?
The prayer beads bracelet or malas are a traditional tool that is used to count the number of times a prayer or mantra is recited and how often, fast or slow someone breathes while meditating. The precise origin of prayer beads bracelet remains unknown but was historically traced to the Hindu prayers commonly made in India and with time, Buddhism started using it. They are similar to the prayer beads used by the Catholic fold and some other religions using things in this fashion include Jainism, Islam, and Sikhism, mainly to mark the repetitions of prayers or chants as a devotion.
Unlike the Islamic prayer beads that usually have 100 beads, that is, 99 + 1 beads, or 33 + 1 beads which is read three times, the Buddhist prayer beads are made up of 108 beads with a guru bead, usually bigger than the rest beads and marks the start and end of a round of recitation or counting. The 108 signifies the mortal desires of mankind and some other versions are made up of 27 beads which are counted four times which still brings it to the 108. The main thing is their uses which are for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra during meditation.
Most of the times, mantras are recited for different purposes which can be linked as working with the mind and the material used to make these prayer beads vary according to the purpose of the mantras used. For example, some are made from bodhi seeds and rattan seeds, these are considered as general purpose prayer beads. For the purpose of reciting mantra with calming or pacifying effect, malas used are usually of white color made with materials like pearl, crystal, nacre or shell because these are said to clear the mind and purify it from issues like mental disturbances, illness or bad karma. And mantras for increasing life span, knowledge or merit are recited with malas made with gold, silver, copper or amber.
Mantras for the purpose of magnetizing good luck are recited with prayer beads made with lotus seed, sandalwood or rosewood while Rudraksha beads or those made with human bones are used with mantras recited to tame by a forceful means or to subdue harmful things like a general affliction or extremely malicious spirits.
Whenever you want to meditate, look for a comfortable place that can allow you to sit up, then you can hold your prayer beads with your right hand such that your thumb and the next finger after it can easily move through the beads starting from the guru bead. Then you quietly sit down reciting your prayers or mantras while using the prayer beads to track the whole process. And you don’t have to spend hours while meditating, sometimes, all you need is just 20 to 30 minutes of your time and you can get that needed calming feeling or other feelings indicating that you have not wasted your time with the process.