Malas have been part of spiritual practice for thousands of years. Used in the Buddhist meditation practice, each element serves a purpose. They are overhand knotted to provide space between the beads and repetition of the mantra. There are 108 beads, there are 54 letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, and both male and female add up to 108. The guru bead is the 109th bead and symbolizes the guru-student relationship. The tassel binds the threads together and symbolizes our connection to the divine. Malas can be worn around the neck or wrist.
Agate is a hard stone found throughout the world in many colors. Agates can have banded colors, mossy inclusions, plumes, and other varied features. It is thought to protect the wearer from danger and promote courage. Typically, water with silica in solution percolates through rock or wood or other materials, depositing in layers. Wood and fossils can be agatized. These agate beads are dyed in beautiful shades of fuschia. The purple colored tassel represents knowlege, intuition and insight.
Approximately 19" long , hand knotted with silk, The guru bead is a freshwater pearl.
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