Rudraksha is the divine gift of Lord Shiva for the benefit of humanity. Rudraksha means "Tears of Rudra" (Lord Shiva); they are the holiest items with mystical powers. For thousands of years, people have been utilizing the beads for obtaining spiritual, material and medicinal benefits. It is believed that one who wears Rudraksha is untouched by sins, and is protected from all negativity. The natural electromagnetic properties of the holy Rudraksha beads have been found to improve the concentration, focus and mental stamina. According to Ayurvedic scriptures, wearing Rudraksha can have positive effects on the heart, nerves, and is good for relieving a person from stress, depression, anxiety, palpitations, high blood pressure. For the spiritual seeker this is a blessing in disguise, as the wearer of Rudraksha is able to archieve his goals faster; also the effects of the rituals will be ten times more effective.
The string of beads
is mainly used to count repeated mantras. So actually, it serves the same
purpose as a rosary. Beads made of semi-precious stones, pearls, bodhi seeds
or wood may serve all kinds of goals, like counting any kind of mantras, or
other forms of prayer, bows, walk-rounds and such. The cord is the same for
every mala, and should be made of nine threads, symbolising the Buddha
Vajradhara and the eight Bodhisattvas. The larger bead at the end stands for
wisdom, realising the utter emptiness, and the cylindrical bead on top of the
large bead symbolises the void itself. Together, they symbolise the triumph
over all adversaries.
The Mala with 108 beads is used while reciting or singing the mantras. 108 is the ideal number for all kinds of purpose. It is important that our thoughts will be pure while reciting or singing the mantra. Mantra is the practical use of secret powers which may help our progress. Mantra means a collection of letters from the alphabet. The effect will be made by repeating the mantra over and over again; this becomes more profound as one continues this recitation. Essential is the sound that is produced while reciting. This sound creates a unique spiritual imprint on the person who is reciting. They say that a mantra is like a human being; there are various stages to go through before reaching the final effect: "Purification of mental impressions." There are various mantras with an inherent potential power; these may only be personally transferred from Master to initiate. These are the so-called "Siddha Mantras". Some Malas have two counting devices with pictures of Vajra and Bell. In Buddhism, the symbolic meaning of these images are "method and wisdom, the masculine and feminine principle." The animal bone symbolizes transient state of all beings. These counting devices are used while doing a retreat, reciting 100.000 mantras.
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