Mala bead is a type of prayer bead used traditionally to court prayer while meditating, it also worn as a necklace or bracelet to accompany meditation practice or simply wear as a jewelry.
Mala has the meaning of praying for good fortune and happiness, therefore it also used to express affection by giving gifts to others.
Mala beads are often made with any combination of natural gemstones, crystal, pearls, wood, or seed beads. A tassel is often attached to the beads, some are adorned with talismans or amulets depending on one’s personal preference or tradition.
A traditional full Mala beads contains 108 counting beads, which imply 108 human passions that impede enlightenment: 108 feelings, with 36 related to the past, 36 to the present, and 36 to the future. As a wrist Mala it usually with 18 counting beads to worn as a bracelet. The number “Eighteen” refers to the “Eighteen Realms” of Buddhism, which are comprised of the Six Organs, the Six Objects, and the Six Consciousnesses.
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