Romina Pashmina is partnered with Serenity Tibet to bring you hand-hammered Himalayan singing bowls and hand-tied gemstone malas. You can shop Malas and Bowls in person or online via the Serenity Tibet shop. Each mala necklace is strung and tied by hand here in America. The beads are made of semi-precious stones and sacred wood and seeds.
Hand-tied individually knotted 108-bead necklaces made of semi-precious stones and a tassel or guru bead marking the completion of the round. Mala means garland or bead in Sanskrit. They have been used as an aid for meditation or mantra (prayer) japa recitation, similar to the way a rosary is used. The use of malas in India dates back to 8th century bce, nearly 3000 years ago in Hinduism and Buddhism. In fact, Catholics got the idea of the rosary from seeing alas being used in the Orient (East) when travel along the silk road became popular during the Renaissance in the 14th and 15th century. Today they are still used to count mantra as well as for grounding during meditation, chakra energy balancing with crystals, worry beads for anxiety, adornment, association, healing, prayers, affirmations, manifesting goals and more.
Some people see it relating to cosmology (9 planets x 12 zodiac = 108). Furthermore, the average distance between the sun, moon and earth is 108 times their individual diameters. In Hinduism, 108 is said to be the distance between ourselves and God. By chanting japa we become closer to God. In Buddhism, there are 108 feelings that impede enlightenment. These are experienced in the six senses- sight, sound, smell, touch, taste and thought. Each of these sense-experiences can be positive, negative, or neutral (6 x 3 = 18). They can be experienced in the past, present or future (18 x 3 = 54) In timelines they can be used positively or negatively (54 x 2 = 108).
Types of Malas
- Garnet- 1st Root Chakra- LAM grounding, safety, roots, security, material possessions
- Carnelian- 2nd Sacral Chakra – VAM Sexuality, creativity, fertility, passion
- Citrine- 3rd Solar Plexus chakra- RAM willpower, confidence, bravery, money
- Rose Quartz – 4th Heart Chakra – YAM Love & compassion
- Malachite – Green- money, wealth, health, healing, abundance, growth
- Lapis Lazuli – 5th Throat Chakra HAM communication, vocalization, truth, speaking
- Amethyst – 6th Third Eye Chakra- OM intuition, dreams, insights,
- Clear Quartz – 7th Crown Chakra- connection, universal sound frequency, oneness, unity
- Smoky Quartz- Protection, barrier, ancestors, lineage
- Rudraksha – Lord Shiva devotees of yoga, dance, meditation and destroyer of illusion
- Tulsi- Holy basil root beads to honor Sri Krishna worn by devotees for chanting mahamantra japa
- Om Mani Padme Hum (Buddhist)- Sound Jewel Wisdom Unity
- Lokha Samast Sukhino Bhavantu (Buddhist)- May all beings be happy and free
- Ong Namo Gurudev Namo (Sikh)- Call on the teacher within
- Om Namah Shivaya (Hindu)- Honoring Lord Shiva, the destroyer
- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hera Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare (Hindu)- Honoring Sri Krishna aka MahaMantra, meaning "highest prayer"