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"Om Mani Padme Hum"  is a mantra for compassion

Mantras and Malas

A mantra is a powerful word, phrase, or sound vibration that is usually chanted to invoke positivity, 

compassion, healing, good fortune, protection and bliss. 

The word mantra has two parts; man, which is the root of the 

Sanskrit word for mind and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. 

A mantra is said to be an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration 

that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.

The sounds may be chanted out loud, or may be heard internally. 

When the mantra is chanted internally, it is the “inner sound” of the thought

that is used as an object of focus in meditation. 

When the mantra is chanted externally, the sound vibration can have a profound 

effect on an individual or group physically, mentally, spiritually & emotionally. 

A mala is a string of 108 beads with one bead as the summit or head bead 

called a "sumeru" which is also considered to be the guru bead. 

Malas are used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation or count mantras in sets of 108 repetitions. 

They are usually made from gemstones, seeds, wood and crystals that match the intention 

of your practice and are often placed in view or in shrines as a reminder of affirmations. 

Malas are most often made with round beads. 

The beads are usually 7-8mm in size and their shape allows them glide easily through your fingers. 

Traditional malas are made with Rudraksha beads, lotus seed beads, yak bone, Bodhi seeds, or wood. 

Rudraksha Beads are considered very sacred and have been used for centuries by 

people for healing, protection & meditation.

The word Rudraksha has it's origins in the two Sanskrit words "Rudra" & "Aksha" 

meaning Lord Shiva & Teardrops respectively. 

According to legend, Lord Shiva entered into a deep meditation and cried tears of compassion

 for the well being of all living creatures. 

When he opened his eyes & his teardrops fell upon the Earth they took the form of seeds that became the Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha therefore means "The Tears of Lord Shiva". 

Lord Shiva is almost always portrayed wearing malas of Rudraksha beads on his head, arms & hands. 

It is believed that the seed of Rudraksha contains the secrets of the entire evolution of the cosmos within it. 

Rudraksha beads contain carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. 

Medicinally, they are known to heal the mind and body ailments, reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure. 

They are also believed to increase clarity, awareness & insight, 

calm the central nervous system, cool the body, help quiet the mind and free negative thought.

 It is said that wearing and meditating with Rudraksha seeds can help one connect 

with the higher realms of existence while promoting good health & overall well-being. 

Bodhi Beads are made from the wood of a Bodhi Tree and are a symbol of Buddha's 

attainment of enlightenment.

Lotus seeds are a symbol of compassion, universal love and enlightenment.

Many malas are also made from gemstones, which have different energies, properties, and colors.
Choosing a mala is a very rewarding and sacred experience. 

How to Use a Mala

Using a mala is a very therapeutic and enjoyable experience...

*Clarify the intention of your practice and choose your mantra or affirmation accordingly.
*It’s a good idea to practice your mantra meditations consistently at 
around the same time every day if possible.

*This creates an energetic pattern and can be a very rewarding part of your day.

*It is important that mantra meditation never be viewed as a chore but rather a daily ritual practiced for all

of the wonderful spiritual, emotional, physical and mental benefits.

1. Find a comfortable space and sit quietly in a cross legged position. 

2. Close your eyes and observe the speed and depth of your natural breath. 

3. Begin to breathe deeply and bring your focus and attention onto your mantra or affirmation. 

4. Place the guru bead between your thumb and ring or middle finger.

5. Begin reciting your chosen mantra. 

6. Next, hang the first mala bead on the middle or ring finger to the right side.

At the end of the mantra push the mala bead away with your thumb and move on to the next bead for another round.

7. Continue all the way around saying a mantra for each bead until you have reached the last 108th bead, bringing you back to the guru bead at the head.

8. You can either do 108 mantras or simply grab hold of the guru bead as you turn direction going back along

the same way you arrived at the guru bead and do another 108 mantras.

Whether you decide to do 108 or 216 mantras you will definitely feel an effect!

Om Mani Padme Hum

The Om Mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum which means 

Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus has been translated from the original 

Indian Sanskrit texts into many different languages. 

A mantra is a powerful word, phrase, or sound vibration that is usually chanted to 

invoke positivity, compassion, healing, good fortune, protection and bliss. 

Chanting the mantra of Om Mani Padme Hum helps to protect oneself from negativity,

reinforcing the positive qualities of existence. 


 Om is believed by many traditions to be the first sound vibration of creation and

the duality (ying/yang) that exists in the universe such as; matter/anti-matter, good/evil,

positive/negative, male/female, night/day, hot/cold, black/white etc.


Mani means jewel and symbolizes the path of nurturing the strongest and 

richest qualities of the mind like the cultivation of a diamond.


Padme means lotus and is a symbol of the path to enlightenment. 

A lotus grows from the muddy waters into a beautiful flower resting above the water.

 An enlightened mind is similarly capable of rising above an environment 

that can be challenging (muddy) and blossoming with compassion and wisdom.


Hum represents the unity between knowledge and wisdom.

Knowledge is potential power and can become wisdom through life experience, 

compassion and a profound understanding of consciousness and the human condition.