- Product: Meditate Mala – Traditional Burgundy Rudraksha
- Price: $68.00
- Where to Get It: Yoga Outlet
- Sizing & Fit: 108 beads at 6-6.5mm each. Hangs 15.7″. Length is approximate as each piece of jewelry is unique
- My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
I’ve been using Japa Malas daily for many many years. I simply love everything about them. The healing power, looks, variety of shapes and colors, precious and semi-precious stones, or sacred seeds, etc.
Although it can be intriguing to choose a piece that you like, picking a durable one can often be a challenge as it’s extremely difficult to find good quality products on the web.
This problem was solved after I was introduced to Mala Collective products. The Bali-based company produces some of the highest quality japa malas in the market. This review is about one of my favorite pieces, the Meditate Mala – Traditional Burgundy Rudraksha.
A Little About Japa Malas
Japa Malas are not just jewelry that will make you look more fashionable. They are also mediums that help you find calmness, and peace within the mind, body and soul.
Although they are necklaces, they can be used as bracelets, altar decoration, and most especially to keep track of the mantras during meditation. A mantra can be a word, sound, or phrase that is repeated with the goal of increasing concentration.
Examples of mantras are Sanskrit language phrases such as “om shanti, shanti, shanti”, which encompasses peace. Another example of a mantra is the English word “love”, or other similar words that the devotee is thankful for.
Each necklace has 108 beads. Each of repetitions of the mantras is usually said for each of the beads. The 109th bead is the guru bead, and counting should always begin with a bead next to the guru.
The reason why there are 108 beads is because the number is said to be sacred in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. It relates to the laws of the universe.
The beads on the necklace are called Rudraksha. They are sustainably harvested from sacred trees in South East Asia. They are known to improve clarity and awareness, calm the central nervous system, help quiet the mind, and free negative thoughts.
In addition, they are known to be cooling when worn against the skin, and increase immunity, energy and stamina while providing rejuvenating qualities.
Some Hindu traditions hold that the correct way to use a mala is with the right hand, with the thumb flicking one bead to the next, and with the mala draped over the middle finger.
The index finger represents ego, the greatest impediment to self-realization, so it is considered best avoided when chanting on a mala.
The Bottom Line
Finding the mala necklace that will complement your meditation practice and hone your style can be overwhelming due to the variety of stones, colors, and shapes.
So, if you’re looking for an elegant, fashionable, and durable mala, the Mala Collective Meditate in the traditional burgundy rudraksha is one of my favorite ones.
It’s produced by a very renowned company. Not only they’re ethic, they’re very authentic. Definitely a company that I recommend. Every mala is also blessed by Balinese priests.
I hope I was helpful reviewing this wonderful product. If so, please leave a comment below with both questions you might have about this beautiful mala, or anything you’d like to share about the product.