Conch Shell Mala Beads
The healing properties of the stones used in the Conch Shell Mala Beads are:
Conch Shell beads
The Conch Shell is one of the 8 auspicious symbols and symbolises the speech of the Buddha. The conch is played like a trumpet; it is believed the sound of the conch can banish evil spirits and prevent natural disasters. The conch is a symbol of authority and sovereignty.
Carnelian is a stone of life force and energy. It is said to increase ambition, drive and confidence and to protect against negative emotions and illness. It is also reputed to bring about warmth, sociability, creativity and happiness and to restore self-esteem.
Black Onyx is a soothing and comforting stone, useful in times of grief or excessive mental or physical stress. It is said to help alleviate fears and worries and to help you feel comfortable within your self and in your surroundings. It is also believed to promote stamina and vigour and to encourage the making of wise decisions.
How to use your Mala Beads
- The meditation mala is generally held in the left hand and used with gentleness and respect.
- One bead is counted for each recitation of the mantra, starting with the first bead next to the “guru” bead. The guru bead is usually larger & more decorative.
- Hold the first mala bead between your thumb & forefinger and silently recite one mantra.
- Move your thumb and forefinger along to the next bead of the strand to chant the next mantra; then repeat.
- After completing a full circuit of the mala, flip the mala around 180 degrees (this takes some practice) and continue as before, in reverse order.
- One avoids passing over the “guru” bead, as doing so is symbolically like stepping over one’s teacher.
Mantra for Blessing your Mala Beads
Recite the mantra seven times, then blow on the mala beads. This mantra increases the power of the mantras you recite using your conch shell mala beads.
OM RUCHIRA MANI PRAVARTAYA HUM
How to Care for your Conch Shell Mala Beads
When not in use please store your Conch Shell mala beads in a mala bag.
Please don’t wash your mala or wear whilst bathing or sleeping as this can weaken the mala thread.
To clean your mala: gently wipe the beads using a damp cloth and place in sunlight to dry.