A mala is a sequence of 108 beads that is used for guidance during meditation. Each bead on the mala helps you keep count of your mantra, and guides you while you sit in mediation or prayer. This practice is known in Sanskrit as Japa, and a mala made with 108 beads is a Japa mala. It is believed that after repeating a mantra or a personal affirmation 108 times, you have cleansed your mind, body and spirit of any negative energy that may be holding you back from living at your highest vibration. When you wear your mala around your neck or wrapped around your wrist, you hold with you the sacred energy that you cultivated in your meditation, or the set intention the mala holds. The lovely thing about malas is that you don’t have to be religious or have ever meditated to own and wear one. Anyone can wear mala beads; these healing crystals inspire positivity, a balanced state of mind, and the overall elevation of your spirit.
Why 108? The number 108 has held a multi-dimensional meaning throughout history. Renowned mathematicians of Vedic culture view 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. The number 108 is considered sacred in many Eastern religions and traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. Even the pre-historic monument Stonehenge is 108 feet in diameter. 108 is a number known to be referring to spiritual completion