This beautiful mala is strung from the seeds of the tropical lotus. In Korea, they are called bodhi seeds. In China, they are called "moon and stars."
The lotus symbolizes spiritual growth and the ability to rise above and become enlightened. The lotus rises from the dark, murky depths and blossoms into an unsoiled, radiant flower. It is a symbol of our True Nature.
Please note: Seed malas, like lotus seed and bodhi seed, expand and crack when they get wet. We recommend that you remove your mala before showering or swimming.
Behind The "Mala"
Mala means “garland” in Sanskrit. Malas have been used for thousands of years as a meditation and prayer tool by members of Dharmic religions and other spiritual followers. Stretchy wrist malas are often worn as a reminder to practice mantra at all times. Wearing a mala bracelet or necklace is especially convenient for a person who is ill and would like to recite mantra in bed; the mala beads are always right there on their body. Many spiritual people wear malas as a continuous reminder to be mindful.
Malas traditionally consist of 108 beads plus 1 guru bead. 108 is considered a holy number in Dharmic belief and symbolizes spiritual wholeness. The guru bead is not counted in the 108 because it only functions to signify the end/ beginning of a prayer cycle while using the mala. It is also common to find mala with fewer beads, such as necklaces and bracelets. These will usually have 54 (1/2 of 108) or 27 (1/4 of 108) beads, but mala with other factors of 108 can be found as well. All malas, regardless of number of beads, may still be used for mantra practice.