Mala beads, often used in meditation and prayer, have become increasingly popular in recent years. But what makes a mala truly special? Some argue that a mala is not truly blessed until it has been prayed over at one of the holiest temples in the world, such as the Swayambhu temple in Kathmandu.
A mala is a string of beads, traditionally 108 beads, that are used for counting mantras, prayers, and intentions. They are often made of natural materials such as sandalwood, seeds, or stones, and can be worn as a necklace or bracelet.
But what sets a blessed mala apart from others?
The act of blessing a mala is said to infuse the beads with positive energy and intention. When a mala is blessed at a holy temple or by a spiritual leader, it is believed to carry the energy and blessings of that place or person. This can make the mala a powerful tool for personal growth and spiritual development.
One of the most well-known places to bless a mala is the Swayambhu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Each year, tens of thousands of people make the pilgrimage to this temple to walk up the 365 steps and spin each prayer wheel as they make 108 revolutions. According to the Seventh Dalai Lama, this temple is the source of all the happiness in the world. It is a powerful place of worship and devotion.
Woechen Thuk-Je Choeling Monastery
Just behind the Swayambhu temple is the Woechen Thuk-Je Choeling Monastery, whose founder, His Eminence Ven. Drubthob Rinpoche, is dedicated to the “restoration of a harmonious human society, and for the well-being of every sentient being in this world.” It is by the monks of this monastery that Backpack Buddha blesses its Malas.
When a mala is blessed by the monks of this monastery, it is done with the intention of promoting a harmonious human society and the well-being of every sentient being in the world. These Malas are not just a fashion accessory, but a tool for personal growth and spiritual development.
Blessed malas can also serve as a reminder of a special place or event in your life. Whether it's a mala blessed at a spiritual retreat or one that you picked up on a pilgrimage, these malas can help to hold on to the memories and emotions associated with that experience.
Another benefit of a blessed mala is that it can serve as a reminder to stay focused on your intentions and goals. When you wear your mala, you can use it to remind yourself to stay present, be mindful, and stay focused on what's important to you.
It is important to note that these Malas are often a limited edition and created per customer. So, you can be sure that you are getting a truly unique and blessed mala.
In conclusion, a blessed mala may not be for everyone, but for those who believe in the power of prayer and the intention behind the mala, it can be a valuable tool for personal growth and spiritual development. It can serve as a reminder of a special place, a reminder to stay focused on your intentions, and can also be used as a way to support a noble cause.