Dharma - Wisdom
Wooden malas can be used for any type of purposes. For instance, sandalwood, which is known for its calming effects, is perfect to practise meditation. The Sanskrit word Dharma can be translated as 'the natural law´ ; it usually refers to the Bouddha's teachings.
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The word “mala” in Sanskrit means garland of roses and it was originated in India. From Buddhism and Hinduism it passed to Islam and from Islam it was passed on to Christianity in times of the Crusades. The malas or rosaries are used to count the devotional words or recitations in meditation with mantras. This consists of repeating words to generate vibrations. It is placed on one hand and a bead is taken. Each time it is recited, the mala rotates and passes to the next bead. It is an effective way to stay in the present and to appease the mind, achieving peace and silence.
Malas can also be worn as personal accessories or jewels. They define our personality and spirit. According to all traditions, they have sort of a magical and protective aura. The complete rosary usually has 108 beads, symbol of the 108 human passions. You can also have 27 beads or any other number usually multiple of 3.