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What are mala beads?

Mala beads

In its simplest form a mala (also called a japa mala) is a string of beads used in meditation. The word 'mala' comes from the Sanskrit language and translates to 'garland'. 

Traditionally malas or mala beads are used as an aid for counting the repetitions of mantras or chants during meditation. They are a tool you can use to refocus your intention in meditation.