Buddha's Mala (meditation beads)

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Buddha's Mala (meditation beads)

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I bought this mala at a special little bookstore many years ago, when I was beginning to explore Buddhism and learn about its many useful teachings. I incorporated those thoroughly into my never-ending quest for self-mastery, but somehow chanting mantras never became a thing for me.

This beautiful (and incredible-smelling!) piece is made of polished bodhi seeds, which hearken back to the day Siddharta Gautama, informed by his studies of Hinduism, pierced the Veil of Illusion (Maya) and became one with the Universe. We commonly call this process "achieving enlightenment," but really it's more like just remembering who you already are. Very serious and studious people who try extremely hard to "become enlightened" freak out when I tell them they already are that, so they should maybe just relax and enjoy some music or go outside and appreciate a tree.

Anyway, I could write a book. :) Back to these beads! Yes, so Buddha came home to Himself, legend says, under a bodhi tree (aka sacred fig). The 108 beads represent the holy number used in Hinduism to denote the 108 sacred places in the human body (marma points), the 108 sacred sites around India, and several other concepts. There are 3 lovely, round turquoise beads separating the mala into 3 parts, silver spacers, long suede markers tied to vajras, the thunderbolt symbols of indestructibility and irresistible force, and a bone "Buddha bead" that tells you when you've reached 108 repetitions of your mantra or prayer. (BTW, don't cross the Buddha bead to keep counting; turn the mala over and start counting back the other way.)

This piece lived in my pretty Buddha Box for a number of years with my special healing stones and they got along quite nicely.

I put this item out into the world knowing that it will find it's forever home with exactly the right person. You know who you are.

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