Lotus Seed wrist mala prayer beads
A lotus seed or lotus nut is the seed of a plant in the genus Nelumbo, particularly the species Nelumbo nucifera. The seeds are used in traditional medicine. Used in both Buddhist and Hindu meditation. The seeds and mala are considered very auspicious.
Lotus seeds are radiant with the spiritual power of the sun. It is said Lotus seeds increase peace of mind, inner beauty and attract tremendous cosmic radiance. All of the chakras in the subtle body will bloom like radiant lotus flowers if the lotus seed mala is worn while performing puja, mantra japa, or meditation. Traditionally, if one lotus seed mala is worn around the neck, and another is held in the hand during mantra japa, Divine Mother in the form of the kundalini energy touches all the chakras, cleansing them and making them bloom like radiant lotus blossoms
The lotus flower is considered as the seat of Goddess Laxmi. Lotus seeds are considered very sattvik and hence used in many Puja rituals. The Lotus seeds and the Kamal Gatta Mala both are extensively used during Puja of Goddess Mahalaxmi and for Her Mantra Japa. Due to its affiliation with Goddess Laxmi, usage of the Kamal Gatta Mala is believed to bestow a devotee with prosperity, growth and success.
Mala is derived from the Sanskrit ml meaning "garland"which is a set of beads used by Buddhists and Hindus. They are also used in the Christian Catholic tradition and other religions too. They may also be referred to as a Rosary. Traditional Tibetan Buddhism mala beads consist of 108 beads strung on durable material, finished with a tassel or knotted ends. Some practitioners use malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations. In Tibetan Buddhism, where a mala is called a threngwa (Tibetan ) they are mainly used to count mantras. These mantras can be recited for different purposes linked to working with mind. Theravada Buddhists use prayer beads called seik badi ( [se bdí]), shortened to badi. 108 beads are strung on a garland, with the beads typically made of fragrant wood like sandalwood, and series of brightly coloured strings at the end of the garland. It is commonly used in samatha meditation, to keep track of the number of mantras chanted during meditationThe material used to make the beads can vary according to the purpose of the mantras used. Some beads can be used for all purposes and all kinds of mantras. These beads can be made from the wood of Ficus religiosa (bo or bodhi tree), or from "bodhi seeds", which come from rudraksha. Malas are used during meditation, where the practitioner has to count the number of times he or she repeats a chant, mantra or intention. Mala beads are made up of different materials such as wood, seed, precious or semi-precious stones. These are worn around the neck or wrist. A mantra can be repeated hundreds or thousands of times depending upon the type of prayer, meditation or intention. The mala necklace is made of a string of prayer beads often with the traditional 108 beads. 108 beads can be divisible by that number such as 27 or 54 beads. For obvious reasons, wrist malas have less beads than a neck mala. The beads are strung on a durable bead cable, or nylon thread, with enough space to slide beads for counting or knots in-between. There is also a larger bead that is known as the guru bead that has a natural cotton or silk tassel at the bottom.