Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mala or japa mala?
A japamala, or mala for short, is a string of 108 beads plus a guru bead used as an aid for meditation and prayer. They have been used for thousands of years as a tool for centering one’s attention. The beads are used to count breath or recite mantras in order to stay present in a meditation practise and can be worn as necklaces or can be wrapped around the wrist.
Why 108 beads?
The number 108 is symbolic in multiple religions. In Hinduism, Lord Krishna had 108 followers, there are 108 sacred places and Shiva had 108 attendants. In Buddhism there are said to be 108 earthly desires or temptations and 54 words in Sanskrit (times by 2 for masculine and feminine = 108!). You can also fit about 108 Suns in-between the Sun and Earth and 108 Moons in-between the Moon and Earth, crazy huh?! Basically, its kind of a big deal!
How do I care for my mala?
All our 108 bead malas and bracelets are made with natural gemstones, wood or seeds! Therefore we recommend you remove while bathing, swimming and sleeping. The wooden beads can be oiled to preserve their lustre. When not in use, store in a cool, dry place!
What is mantra meditation?
Mantra meditation is a form of meditation whereby the practitioner recites a mantra every time a bead is passed through the fingers. You should not use your first finger but your thumb and middle finger as your first finger represents the ego or fire. The guru bead is not counted in the 108, every time you reach the guru bead you should flip the mala and return in the direction you came from, avoiding crossing the guru.
Are all products handmade?
Absolutely, each and every product is handmade by Flora and on occasion, Oli. Every knot is tied with intention and love to ensure a high vibration, high quality product. If you would like a custom mala made with a custom mantra or intention feel free to email and we will gladly help you acquire your perfect mala.
What is your returns policy?
We are happy to accept returns within 14 days provided items are in perfect condition. The buyer is responsible for returns postage. We understand that malas do get used regularly so in the unlikely event of breakage we can repair your mala for £10, again, the buyer is responsible for postage.