Rudraksha Mala with Tassle
Rudraksha, often called the "seed of consciousness’’, comes from the Elaeocarpus ganitrus, an evergreen tree. Rudraksha Beads are said to connect us directly to universal energy. It also has a powerful energy of protection from negative energies and influences. Some sources even say that Rudraksha seeds can act as a shield from radiation and stress emitted by technological devices. Its positive power amplifies with use, as it absorbs negative energy, and then transforms it in positive energy to store it and rediffuse it.
Mala beads are used in Buddhism, Hinduism and in spiritual, meditative and prayer practices. They are similar to the Catholic practice of prayer beads. Traditionally there are 108 prayer beads plus one bead will often be added to bring the mala together - this last bead is known as the "Guru bead". Malas are created in groups of 27 prayer beads - so a mala with just 27 beads is used to attain spiritual progress. Hold the mala with one hand, draping it across the other, so that your fingers are on the beads. Take a breath, exhale, say your mantra (prayer, intention statement), move to the next bead and repeat. Sometimes people will just do the breath, with no mantra.