A question on malas

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Aspiring.Monk
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A question on malas

Post by Aspiring.Monk » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 am

Hello Everyone,

I recite several different mantras and have set goals of 100,000 recitations per mantra for myself.

My question is should I have a single mala, with counters, for each mantra or should I just stick with a single mala for all mantras and attach multiple counters?

Thank you in advance. :thanks:

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Re: A question on malas

Post by emaho » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:20 am

Hi,

I think it would be too distracting having different counters for different mantras on one mala, because after every round you'd have to sort out which counter to use.

An alternative solution would be to have just one mala with one set of counters and to transfer the number of malas onto a list after each day/session and then set the counters back to zero.
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Re: A question on malas

Post by Cyrus » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 am

Hello Aspiring Monk,

Personally I found the use of counters never very practical in counting my mantra recitations.
What I do find very convenient is to use a secondary 'small' wrist mala (27 beads) to count the number of 'big' mala's (108 beads) that I have completed.
This works the best for me :)

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Re: A question on malas

Post by greenvajrapani » Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:04 am

A Mala is not just used to count Mantras.

One of the purposes of using a Mala for Mantras is to infuse the Mala with the power of that Mantra.

A Mala that is infused with say one million Green Vajrapani Mantras possesses great power.

It can be used for divinations or as protection against evil spirits.

You should also try not to let anyone else touch or use your Mala.

I hope this helps.

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Re: A question on malas

Post by swordsinger » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:42 am

Aspiring.Monk wrote:
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:54 am
Hello Everyone,

I recite several different mantras and have set goals of 100,000 recitations per mantra for myself.

My question is should I have a single mala, with counters, for each mantra or should I just stick with a single mala for all mantras and attach multiple counters?

Thank you in advance. :thanks:

:namaste:
Wow, what a goal! I got a nice rudraksha one that I like to use. I only use that one.

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Re: A question on malas

Post by kausalya » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:12 pm

There's a lot of superstition around malas... they're a tool for counting. A special one, in some ways, but still just a tool. Their specialness comes from the history of an individual mala, the people who have made, used and/or blessed the one that you're using, and the respect paid to it based on the meaning that it holds for you personally (in terms of positive imprints related to your teachers and Dharma friends, and so on).

By itself, the mala doesn't contain any power, but it builds up spiritual power in you by reminding you of important things and by being an aid to your practice (in some cases, motivating you to practice). The practice is the important thing; the mala is just an abacus.

Absolutely, treat it with respect -- put it in its own bag, don't wear it as jewelry, and don't take it in the bathroom, put it on the floor or step over it. This would be showing disrespect to the role that it plays in your life, like any other Dharma item. Other than that, no need to get bent out of shape -- just do what's easiest. Otherwise, you could easily collect more malas than you're able to appropriately use.

As for advice, I would recommend you to have a "private" mala that no one else is allowed to see, with the exception of your teacher(s) and your vajra brothers/sisters, as well as one you can take in more public settings, such as practice sessions with people you don't know, or public teachings. It may also be helpful to have a wrist mala, for doing mantras silently on the bus, etc.

If it were me, I would keep track of just the mantras I did during each session, and write the number/label down in a journal of some kind before resetting the counters, if any.
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Re: A question on malas

Post by KiwiNFLFan » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:54 am

kausalya wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:12 pm
Absolutely, treat it with respect -- put it in its own bag, don't wear it as jewelry, and don't take it in the bathroom, put it on the floor or step over it. This would be showing disrespect to the role that it plays in your life, like any other Dharma item. Other than that, no need to get bent out of shape -- just do what's easiest. Otherwise, you could easily collect more malas than you're able to appropriately use.

As for advice, I would recommend you to have a "private" mala that no one else is allowed to see, with the exception of your teacher(s) and your vajra brothers/sisters, as well as one you can take in more public settings, such as practice sessions with people you don't know, or public teachings. It may also be helpful to have a wrist mala, for doing mantras silently on the bus, etc.
I've seen Buddhists wear malas round the arm before. What is the problem with that? Also, what do you do if you need to go to the bathroom in a public place and you have a mala with you? Do you take it off/take it out of your pocket and place it somewhere where it might get stolen?

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Re: A question on malas

Post by kausalya » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:09 pm

KiwiNFLFan wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:54 am
kausalya wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:12 pm
Absolutely, treat it with respect -- put it in its own bag, don't wear it as jewelry, and don't take it in the bathroom, put it on the floor or step over it. This would be showing disrespect to the role that it plays in your life, like any other Dharma item. Other than that, no need to get bent out of shape -- just do what's easiest. Otherwise, you could easily collect more malas than you're able to appropriately use.

As for advice, I would recommend you to have a "private" mala that no one else is allowed to see, with the exception of your teacher(s) and your vajra brothers/sisters, as well as one you can take in more public settings, such as practice sessions with people you don't know, or public teachings. It may also be helpful to have a wrist mala, for doing mantras silently on the bus, etc.
I've seen Buddhists wear malas round the arm before. What is the problem with that? Also, what do you do if you need to go to the bathroom in a public place and you have a mala with you? Do you take it off/take it out of your pocket and place it somewhere where it might get stolen?
It can be around your neck, of course, if the intention is convenience rather than ornamentation. I apologize for my lazy speech...

The advice I've gotten from my teacher is that in this situation, you do put it around your neck & under your shirt.
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