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108 bead Mala

21 Jan 2017   Shanti Gowans
For centuries, the number 108 has had significance in Hinduism, Buddhism and even in yoga and other spiritual practices. The yoga Japa Mala used for prayer and meditation has 108 beads strung on a string or elastic cord, or threaded together with metal, with 1 guru bead. Some people use their mala as a bracelet or necklace to impart beneficial healing via touch. These are some of the reasons…
  • The excellent mathematicians of ancient India proposed that 108 may be the product of a precise mathematical operation (e.g. 1 power 1 x 2 power 2 x 3 power 3 = 108) which was thought to have special numerological significance.
  • There are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti. 54 times 2 is 108.
  • The mathematics behind reality bending is based on the sacred geometry figure the Sri Yantra. Within this figure are marmas (intersections) where three lines intersect. There are 54 such intersections. Each intersections has masculine and feminine, (shiva and shakti qualities). 54 x 2 equals 108. Thus, there are 108 points that define the Sri Yantra as well as on the human body. 
  • The chakras, the body's energy centres, are the intersections of energy lines, and there are calculated to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form anahata, the heart chakra. One of them, Sushumna, leads to the sahasrara, crown chakra, which is prescribedas the path to Self-realisation. 
  • 9 times 12 is 108. Both of these numbers have spiritual significance in many ancient traditions across the world. For example, in Vedic astrology there are 12 constellations, and 9 arc segments called chandrakalas. 9 times 12 equals 108. (Chandra means moon, and kalas are the divisions within a whole)
  • In 108, 1 stands for higher Truth, 0 stands for emptiness or completeness in one’s spiritual practice, and 8 represents infinity or eternity. 
  • In yogic practices, it is believed that the human soul goes through 108 stages on its journey. Thus reciting your sacred mantra 108 times purifies each stage of your journey, purifying or unearthing the past and the future.

Hold your mala in your right hand, draped between your middle and index fingers. Starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to count each smaller bead, pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Do this 108 times, traveling around the mala, until you once again reach the guru bead.

Rudrakasha, Sandalwood and Crystal malas are amongst the most popular. Sandalwood plays an important role in the make-up of malas because it contains various properties… it's fragrance provide mental clarity, it is cooling and creates a feeling of relaxation and peace, and harmonious calm awareness. This further motivates the exploration and education about inner, self-healing practices as well as the outer wonders of the cosmos, cultures and sciences

Here are some of favourite mantras. 


Let there be peace in the world and let it begin with me.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti
I am love.
Om Mani Padme Hum.
Calmer Mind
Smile and breathe.
Being Present
Be here, now.
This. Here. Now.

Allowing the Universe to Guide You
I am open to receiving universal gifts.
Hari Om Tat Sat

Today, I choose joy!
Om namah Shiva.



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