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Malas are made of 108 stones or beads. The number 108 is meaningful in the Vedic tradition. This number comes from multiplying the 12 astrological houses by the 9 planets. The malas also have a meru bead, and a tassel, to remind us of the teachers in our lives. Traditionally the mala is held between the thumb and middle finger, and as each bead is passed, a mantra, is said quietly or silently. This is done until the meru bead is reached, then the mala is reversed and the process goes on until the meru bead is reached again. Repeating a mantra is an excellent way to calm the mind and keep the thought of spirit in our everyday lives.

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