A mala is a great tool to help enhance your meditations. The use of a mala can help focus your meditation while adding the unique properties of the mala to improve the power of your meditation.
Anatomy of a Mala:
Malas are made on the principle of the sacred number 108, so they will have either 108 beads or a divisible of that number: 54 or 27 beads. They also have a Guru bead with a tassel hanging from it. The tassel is considered the symbol of a thousand lotus petals.
Using a Mala in Meditation:
To use a mala, you hold it in either hand. Starting just after the Guru bead, you recite a mantra while holding each bead between the thumb and one of the fingers, moving from one bead to the next with each recitation. This makes the bead pass over the intended meridian point. After you have completed a full circle of your mala, you will feel the Guru bead. You can make a special prayer with the Guru bead, and then begin again until you have completed all 108.
The different fingers used in mala meditation:
There are accupressure points on each of the fingers that work on different parts of the psyche and the brain. When the beads press the meridian points in the finger, you can work on a specific result. The meridian point you are trying to activate is located on the side of each finger, in the center point between the tip of the finger and the upper knuckle.
The properties of the meridian points for each finger are as follows:
– Index Finger (Jupiter Finger): Wisdom. Knowledge. Prosperity
– Middle Finger (Saturn Finger): Patience.
– Ring Finger (Sun Finger): Health. Vitality. Strengthen the Nervous System.
– Little Finger (Mercury Finger): Communication. Intelligence.
Mantras and Malas:
You recite the entire mantra on each bead (not one bead per word). You can also use affirmations with your mala.