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Antiqued Skull Tibetan Prayer Beads

$25.00

Antiqued Skull Tibetan Prayer Beads

$25.00
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  • Beautifully handmade skull mala beads.
  • There are 108 skull beads in total.
  • Each bead is about 1/2 of an inch.
  • It is handmade out of bone of water Buffalo.
  • The skulls are prevalent in Tibetan Buddhism because it signifies death and thus represents impermanence of life.

Size                  31 inches without the tassle.

Weight              165 grams / 5.81 oz.

Origin                Nepal     

Tibetan Prayer Beads

Tibetan prayer Beads ("rosary") or Mala are used to count prayer, mantras and prostrations. It helps to center the mind away from distracting thoughts. As each bead is passed through the fingers the practitioner recites his or her personal mantra. The large shaped central bead represents Mount Meru, also known as Mount Kailash. Malas are primarily used to aid with one's personal yidam practice or they are simply used for any number of mantras that may be recited during puja or day to day activity. The wrist Mala is the shorter version of the 108 mala bead. It can be used to count prayers but it is more popular as a fashion accessory.

Significance of 108 beads

  • Ancient cosmology included 9 planets & 12 constellations. 9 X 12 = 108. Represents totality, the universe.
  • The Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters, each has 2 aspects: male & female. 54 X 2 = 108. Sanskrit letters correspond to energies of the subtle body, 108 recitations purifies them.
  • After reciting 100 mantras, 8 extra mantras are done to compensate for errors. Six senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and consciousness) multiplied by 3 reactions (positive, negative, or indifference) makes 18 "feelings." Each of these feelings can be either "attached to pleasure or detached from pleasure" making 36 "passions"-- each of which may manifested in the past, present, or future. All the combinations of all these things make a total of 108, which are represented by the beads in the ojuzu.

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