What are 108 Beads Mala and how to use them | Sivalya

What exactly is a 108 Beads Mala?

108 Beads Malas are beautiful tools to work with in meditation and prayer, and even to wear as sacred every-day adornment for deeper contemplation and focus. They’re a powerful way to channel the gemstone energy and transformative power of an ancient divinity.

Mala in Sanskrit means a garland of beads, flowers or prayers, and are necklaces traditionally made with 108 beads plus a guru bead and are also known as a rosary or prayer beads. A silk tassel anchors the mala, symbolizing the great thousand petal lotus of supreme enlightenment.

What are Mala Beads used for?

These beautiful 108 mala beads necklaces are traditionally used in meditation to count repetitions of mantras, prayers or affirmations by rotating the beads between the thumb and fingers. They can also be used as beautiful layering accessories with their calming presence and healing properties of gemstones through out the day. When worn on the body, either inside or outside clothing, these sacred pieces will carry the positive, healing qualities of the stones into your personal energy field.



Why 108 Beads?

The number 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and Buddhism signifying the 108 earthly temptations which need to be to overcome in search of Nirvana.

What is a Guru bead?

Malas come as a string of 108 beads, plus one Guru bead, known as “Sumeru”. The Guru bead is not to be counted or crossed over during meditation. Guru bead is of great importance to a person on their path of spiritual journey as it signifies the relationship between teacher and student.

What is the Purpose of Tassel?

Tassels are seen as the roots of the lotus, strongly rooted and rising up to the sunshine of enlightenment. As the individual strands of the tassel combine together to become one, this oneness represents our connection to one another.

Why 925 Sterling Silver Guru Beads

Sterling Silver is a natural element with its own vibrational energy field, and has been used in jewelry since ancient times. It is extensively used with gemstones due to the fact that this metal attracts and amplifies the qualities emitted by the gemstones. Sterling silver acts as a "mirror to the soul", allowing you to see deep within the self without judgment, bringing about calmness and balance. It also helps get in touch with our own emotions and intuitions, by helping acknowledge the inner voice instead of repressing it.

What makes Sivalya Mala Beads Special?

Sivalya Malas are handcrafted form only the highest quality untreated, unheated natural gemstones which are blessed and activated prior to use. Each Mala features an intricately hand-carved Guru bead in 925 Sterling Silver with a meaningful purpose of its own.

All Sivalya malas are handmade in India by traditional yoga teachers with 108 high energy crystals and gemstones. Each Mala carries their own specific energy properties and are strung on pure silk cord, knotted between each bead.

Guru beads have a deep significance for meditation practitioners and these are symbols used in Sivalya 108 Mala beads:

  • Om: Sacred sound of the Universe uniting Mind, Body and Spirit
  • Lotus: New Beginnings, Infinite Potential, Transformation
  • Eye: Protection from Bad Energy, Intuition, Enlightenment

Each Sivalya mala comes cleansed and energized in its own natural jute bag to keep it protected from negative energies and is packed in a beautiful eco friendly gift box. Included within the box, you will also find descriptions of all gemstones that your mala consists of and a leaflet with details about malas, materials used and information about how to practice with and take care of your mala.

How to begin working with Sivalya Mala Beads

As you work with your mala, you slowly learn to step into your own power, working with your manifestations and intentions, welcoming new beginnings, attracting love, success and prosperity into your life. Let the magic of 108 prayer beads guide you on your journey to pure consciousness.

May your mala beads serve as a sacred tool for counting mantras during moments of meditation, or adorn you as a constant reminder of your deepest intentions. May their ethereal beauty bring you lasting joy and tranquility, as you hold them dear for countless years to come.