Traditionally malas have been used for prayer and meditation by Buddhists and Hindu’s for thousands of years. Everyone can wear and enjoy malas whether you meditate/pray or not. Many people are simply drawn to the look and feel of the malas, the colours, the crystals, the energy of the beads or the sense of calm that comes with wearing them, and that is fantastic. If however you would like to meditate with your mala they are most commonly used with a mantra.
I have just finished an amazing book – Healing Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand who shared the following insights into mantras. The word mantra is derived from the Sanskrit word “manas” meaning “mind’ and “trai” meaning “to protect” or “to set free from” So the literal translation or meaning of mantra in Sanskrit is “to set free from the mind.”
Mantras are actually energy based sounds. The power of mantras does not come from the meaning that the syllables or words convey but from the vibrational effect they create when they are chanted repeatedly. Words that are used in conversation derive their power from their meaning, however mantras derive their power from the energy effect its sounds produce. Chanting a mantra creates a particular physical vibration that creates “energetic effects” within the physical body.
Mantras, particularly Sanskrit mantras, also relate to our chakra’s. There are 50 letters in the basic Sanskrit alphabet and each letter corresponds to one of the fifty petals on 6 of our chakras, from the base of the spine to the brow. When a Sanskrit mala is chanted the petals corresponding to the letters contained in the mantra vibrate in spiritual resonance. This sets off a cascade of energetic effects within the physical body.
When the physical energy of a mantra ( the sound vibration) is also combined with an intention you can also increase, strengthen and direct the energetic effect of a mantra. An intention or the reason we are saying the mantra is carried on the physical vibration of the mantra. This is the essence of Sanskrit mantra.
To use your mala for mantra simply hold it in your hand and turn each bead using your thumb and middle finger, (the index finger is associated with ego and not recommended to turn the beads.) as you say your mantra. 1 bead, 1 mantra. Start at one end of your mala going all the way around the 108 beads, do not cross over the guru bead ( the larger pendant bead that hangs from the mala.) This bead is believed to contain all the accumulated power of the mantras performed. In Sanskrit it is called the meru bead meaning mountain, the meru bead becomes a mountain of stored spiritual energy.
Once you finish your 108 mantras and reach the guru/meru bead, simply turn around and go back in the other direction, without crossing over the guru bead.
Remember malas are designed to bring you a calmer mind, body and spirit whether you simply wear them, keep them somewhere special in your home or meditate with them.
Being a conscious or mindful consumer is something a lot of us are striving for these days. Shopping locally, buying organic, recycling, re-using etc etc
At Gypsy Love we are very focused on being mindful consumers. One of the reasons we are committed to sharing our beautiful malas with you all is not only are these sacred pieces incredibly beautiful and designed to bring a calmer mind, body and spirit to all who wear them but they are also carefully produced in a mindful and conscious manner.
They are hand made with love by the team at Aum Rudraksha Designs in Bali. They are sustainably harvested, in plantations throughout South East Asia with 15% of profits distributed between the staff and farmers of the rudraksha trees.
They are fairly traded, the team at Aum Rudraksha Designs all receives fair trade wages and a share in worldwide profits.
10% of profits are also donated to local Balinese charities such as Bali Street Kids – www.balistreetkids.org and Bumi Sehat a birthing and wellness centre for mothers, children and their families. The centre is run by Robin Lim who was the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year – www.bumisehatbali.org as well as several other local charities.
We truly hope when you wear your mala you feel the love and know that you are sharing that love around the world with everyone involved in bringing these beautiful pieces to you.
Our Speak your Truth Mala is an incredible combination of Lapis Lazuli, Leopard skin, amber and citrine.
Lapis is often called the truth crystal... it ensures the words you speak are in alignment with your personal truth. This stone resonates with the vibration of truth and enlightenment.
Lapis Lazuli has always been one of the most sought after stones in history. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth, and is often regarded as a holy stone. It is a powerful manifestation stone as well as for meditation. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, As a stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit,
Buddhists use Lapis as a stone to bring inner peace and freedom from negative thought.
Use this mala to Speak Your Truth.
Our authentic rudraksha bead malas have been known to last for generations, with this in mind you may like to consider a gentle clean or cleanse every once in a while. These are energetically powerful pieces and often take on the energy of the wearer and for this reason we don’t recommend lending your mala to anyone else to wear. If you would like give your mala a gentle clean, please don’t use any harsh chemicals or cleaning products on your malas. Simply use some warm water and a mild soap or gentle shampoo and a gentle brush. ( A soft toothbrush works perfectly!) Once clean just hang them up to dry before wearing them again. The tassels can sometimes show a bit of wear and tear over time so again just dip the tassell in some warm water with a mild shampoo or soap, gently clean and rinse then gently comb the tassels and lay flat to dry. You can also give the tassels a little trim if the ends become uneven. Rudraksha seeds will naturally darken over time with the oils from your skin. You can also oil the beads with a coconut or sandalwood oil. A special cleanse is also nice to do every once in a while. For a natural cleanse and re-charge simply lay your mala out in the moonlight overnight. With a little love and care you should have your beautiful malas for many years to come. Enjoy!
With Christmas just around the corner what better gift to give a loved one or friend than a gorgeous mala or bracelet. These sacred malas are for anyone seeking a calmer mind body and spirit. They bless you with peace of mind, prosperity and protect against negative energy. Each mala or bracelet is combined with healing gemstones chosen for their power and healing properties. There are malas with gemstones especially for healing, strength, protection, love, friendship, energy, meditation and peace. These beautiful pieces make such a unique and inspiring gift that your special someone will have and hopefully treasure for a lifetime. xoxo
We have just returned from an amazing adventure to Thailand. We were lucky enough to visit some incredible Buddhist temples, we toured the Grand Palace in Bangkok and had an amazing blessing ceremony performed by a Buddhist monk in Chiang Mai. We made offerings whenever we saw a temple and were just incredibly grateful to have had such an amazing trip with beautiful friends.
Of course we wore our Mala’s wherever we went. It was on our visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok we met a beautiful Thai tour guide called Jintra. Jintra took us on a fantastic tour of the Palace and really made the day such a special experience. During our tour she was really taken with both the Mala’s we were wearing. I had my Divine Goddess Mala on and Megan had her Exotic Journey Mala on. Jintra was Buddhist so knew the story of the rudraksha beads and how they bring peace of mind and she was really drawn to them. She kept touching them and especially loved the Amethyst in my Divine Goddess Mala. As we always say, there is always one mala that you will be drawn too! For Jintra it was the Divine Goddess, and I have to say, having spent the day with her, we really felt this mala was absolutely perfect for her. So when we were leaving we left her with my Divine Goddess mala as a gift. She was so overwhelmed and touched it just made the experience all the more special for us. We love our mala’s so much and try not to leave the house without at least one on, so it was lovely to be able to share the love with Jintra who I think will love her new mala as much as we do.
With only 12 days to Mothers day, we thought what a perfect time to share with you the story of our beautiful Mamma Mala.
Our Mamma Mala is all about sending some love and gratitude to all those women doing the most important job in the world. The Mamma Mala is the most gorgeous combination of healing gemstones including Crystal quartz, Rose quartz, Rhodocrosite, Aquamarine and Chalsedony.
Rose Quartz is one of the feature stones of this mala, and is the perfect stone for a Mothers Day gift. Rose Quartz is known as the “Love” stone. It has a strong vibration of unconditional love, joy and healing. Rose Quartz simply says, “You are loved”
Rose Quartz creates harmony in relationships, balances emotions and brings peace and calm into your life. It is used to raise self esteem and bring the wearer a strong sense of self worth. Rose Quartz brings a deep inner healing enhancing self love, self trust and self confidence.
This beautiful Mamma Mala will truly make the perfect Mothers Day gift.