Ramesh Tarun Narine
Mala Japa5 min
“An established meditation tool used to count one repetition of a mantra per bead, this physical act sustains and quietly cues a mantra in the background of practice. A well constructed mala, with knots between each bead, is a source of comfort and convenience. Japa is the repetition of the mantra. The bead and thread are significant. The beads are seeds as we grow into a mature knowledge of the self. The thread represents the force linking each individual to source. The Meru bead is the 109th, signifying the transcendental consciousness, a central goal of the practice.”
How: Hang the mala off of the ring finger, creating a V with the middle finger. Hook each bead with the thumb nail. Time each movement to match the reverberation of the mantra. It is key not to cross the Meru bead. Weave first in one direction. Then the other. Observe the turn in the video.
Store the mala in a bag with a drawstring or in a small ceramic bowl near your altar.
Adapted from the works of Rolf Sovik.