japa mala

 

Choosing a mala

To order a mala you'll need to choose:

 

1. Bead size and type (see below).

2. Colours for threads (see below).

 

Once you have these details see order page.

 

What size beads to use?

If you're using a mala for mantra japa, then it's important that it suits the size of your fingers.

 

As a rough guide: a mala less than 7 - 8mm requires small or nimble fingers. 8mm suits most people. Larger than 8mm is best for larger fingers.

 

If you're choosing a mala to wear then it's a matter of personal choice. Most malas rest slightly lower than the sternum in the centre of the chest.

 

What type of beads to use?

There are many contradictory opinions regarding which type of beads to use. I suggest choosing the beads you're drawn to, after all if you like the mala, you're more likely to use it. I've included some text on each bead type on the view japa mala page but this is far from a complete list of properties. It can be taken as a rough guide adding to the appeal, rather than to put off or add unnecessary concern.

 

Tulsi, rudraksha and sandalwood are frequently used as japa malas and given during initiations. They are also commonly worn, as is quartz crystal, pearl, red sandalwood and lotus seeds.

 

The choice is up to you, it's an important choice, but avoid over-intellectualizing.

 

Thread and colour choices

Once you have an idea of bead type/s then choose a colour scheme. There are three main colours to choose: The tassel colour, band colour and brahmagranti (knot) colour. You can be quite specific or suggest a general colour scheme.

 

Mala anatomy

 

a. Tassel - can be any colour. The one above is variegated (uses three shades of orange).

b. Band - around the tassel holding it together, can be any colour. Usually the same as e. Brahmagranti.

c. Band trim - adds strength and glory to the Sumeru. Can be silver or gold thread.

d. Sumeru bead - Summit, also known as Guru bead. Usually the sumeru is the same material as other beads.

e. Brahmagranti, knot of creation - a thread links the whole mala, with knots between each bead, this can be any colour.

 

Below are a few tassel examples, Click image to enlarge.

 

Tassel red/yellow Yellow tassel Green tassel Red white tassel Yellow red tassel Blue tassel Red gold tassel

Star tassel

 

Mala threads

Most malas are made using high quality cotton embroidery thread. The threads are made in Germany and are amongst the most durable in the world. There is a huge range available of which I stock a large number of common colours.

 

Note: Rudraksha 7mm are threaded on polyester, due to small hole size. See Sumerani threads below.

 

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Sumerani threads

Sumerani, wrist malas are made using high quality polyester thread, which is incredibly strong. The knot is burned together to form a continuous sumerani without a noticeable join (during mantra japa).

The threads are made in Germany and are amongst the most durable in the world. There is a large range available of which I stock a small range of common colours.

 

If you choose a tassel with a sumerani wrist mala, then the knots will be polyester (choose below) and the tassel will be made of cotton (choose above).

 

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