A mala is a set of beads traditionally used for prayer and meditation in Buddhist and Hindu culture.
Each bead of this mala necklace is made from hand carved yak bone beads inlaid with turquoise, coral and recycled brass. In Tibetan culture bone is used in jewelry to serve as a reminder to live in service of others.
The use of bone signifies our impermanence and serves as a reminder to embrace the transient nature of the world so that by contemplating our mortality we may make this life more fruitful by being present in the moment.
Turquoise represents the unbounded nature of the sky and symbolizes the limitless ascension achievable by the mind. Coral represents the earth and symbolizes strength, stability and steadfastness. The brass is used to bring a healing balance between the energy of the body and the energy of the mind.
Kāelā, Sanskrit for “Rock”
Tibetan Mala beaded necklace
Each mala has a 108 handmade beads. Buddhists believe the number 108 to have a special significance. It is a “Harshad” Number, an integer divisible by the sum of its digits . “Harshad” is Sanskrit for “great joy” and represents the number of human desires, or ignorances, the overcoming of which results Buddhists believe results in spiritual enlightenment.