The 21 Bead Wrist Mala
The history and how its used
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The mala has been in use for well over five thousand years, the early Malas were used by sheep and goat herders that had to regularly count how many animals they had at the end of the day so as to make sure that none of them were lost and venerable to wolf attacks. Since the herdsmen of that time did not attend school as we do today, the Mala was their tool for counting; they would move one bead for each animal that they counted while paying close attention to how many times the Mala was turned, in this way even the small children would be able to count the sheep.
Today the mala is still used as a tool to count, although instead of sheep or goats it is used to count Mantras or phrases or to count the number of breaths that one breathes. So in the last several thousand years up to today, the Mala has been used to assist the meditator and to help him or her become more productive and concentrated in their meditation practice.
The word mala is an ancient sanskrit word that means rosary or wreath. The Mala is basically a circle of beads or other round objects such as seeds or stones. It is sometimes worn as a piece of jewelry and is often looked upon as a spiritual instrument. As you use the Mala you are likely to notice that it is an instrument that builds power after continues use and can be a strong aid in ones spiritual growth.
It has been found that when calm and relaxed people will breathe approximately 21 breathes in two minutes; this is the basis behind the 21 bead Mala.
If a relaxed person in meditation breathes approximately 21 breaths in a two minuet time frame each round of the mala will take two minutes. If a person wished to meditate for 10 minutes they would do five rounds of the mala, the number of rounds can be easily counted on the opposite hand by making a fist and extending one finger for each round and repeating as necessary. In this way there is no mental calculating or counting of numbers and everything is performed by actions of the body freeing the mind of this burden. This is believed to be the method most likely used by the early sheep herdsmen, the first people to use the Mala.
The mala is a tool used to aid in the ability to concentrate and train the mind in meditation, it can be used at all times and should be worn on the wrist in order to remind one to remain mindful thought out the day.