108 Bead Mala with Hand Made Feather Tassel
Feather Mala ~ 108 bead mala with natural cotton feather tassel.
A feather represents protection, strength, wisdom, honour, trust & freedom. It is a symbol of spiritual evolution, ascension & communication with higher realms.
Mala beads are used to count mantra recitations, for meditation, yoga, prayer & reflection. The goal is to feel the mala beads with the fingers, recite the mantra and visualise the deity at the same time – involving body, speech & mind.
Why 108 Beads?
Buddhist Prayer Beads are made with 108 beads as the Buddha taught that there are 108 mental afflictions or impure thoughts. Also, after chanting 100 mantras eight extra mantras are chanted to allow for any when concentration lapsed. The guru bead (the larger 3 holed bead) is not counted.
Tibetan mala beads often have counter beads at 27 bead intervals to help with the counting process (this is why some of our malas have 111 beads … 108 beads + 3 counter beads = 111 beads)