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Mala denote a “garland
of beads” which is used for counting the mantra repetitions in mediation. It is
also known as Japa Mala and the process of repeating mantra is called “Japa”. AJapa Mala consists of 108 beads plus 1 (for
guru bead) with a knot between the beads. The number 108 has several meanings
and interpretations. For years it has been considered a sacred number in many religions
and in yoga also.
Why Mala has 108 beads
Today I am going to discuss the significance of 108 beads in
a mala. There are many thinkers who have tried to explain the reason for having
108 beads in a mala in different ways and their explanation range from
attributing it to 27 constellations and 4 padas (parts) of each constellation
thus deriving number 108 (27x4) or there are 12 zodiac houses and 9 planets
which guides us to arriving at number 108 (12x9). Some says there are 108
upanishads while some say there are 54 letters in the Sanskrit
alphabet. Each has masculine and feminine, Shiva and Shakti (54x2=108).
For me, 108 beads
represent the entire universe. This is due to the reason that 108 is a multiple
of number 9 and when you total the numbers in 108 it comes to 9 (1+0+8=9). 9 is
a mystic number. The number 108 is derived from number 9. The universe consists
of three factors, time, space and causation. There are three gunas prevalent in
universe known as sattva, rajas and tamas. The
universe is constituted of the three functions - creation, preservation and
destruction. If we total all these components, we come to derivation of 9 which
is also attained when we total all the numbers in 108. Number 9 is a
universal number and signifies completion and salvation. All the multiples of
number 9 add up to 9 when each digit is separately added. This shows yet
another characteristic of Number 9. Number 9 is the number that has the
potential to absorb everything. All vices and good deeds are absorbed in it.
108 beads in mala shows the number of techniques of meditation available with a
devotee. These 108 beads representing techniques of mediation represent an essential
part of the entire universe. Whenever we count these beads, we are remembering the
presence of deity who is the Universal self in every part of the universe and
by each cycle of repetition, we are covering the entire universe through feeling
and touching the presence of deity of the mantra in it. The 109th bead
is knotted to the mala which is known by different names like Sumeru Bead, Meru
Bead or Guru Bead. This bead is never crossed when doing the mantras using
mala. Instead the mala is turned around so that the next round of counting
starts with 108th bead. This bead symbolizes that Master is the
force beyond the universe and is crucial in attaining spiritual objectives of
If we interpret number
108 from a numerological perspective, number 1 represents Sun which is the
symbolism of start of the day, i.e. birth and number 8 represents Saturn which
is the symbolism of sunset, i.e. death and number 0 is infinity which is the
universal self that does not change with life or birth. The ultimate goal of human life for which we
have attained human body is to come out of this cycle of birth and death. By contemplating
the mantra of our deity through using mala, we try to associate our self with
the universal force which is eternal, unchanging and which can help us in
getting out of this cyclical nature of birth and death.
String and Knot of Mala denote?
The string of the mala is
symbolic of whole Universe which is manifested by God. It holds and supports
the beads which show that there is an invisible force that supports or sustains
every part and every being of the universe. The circular arrangement of beads
in the mala is a representation of cyclical nature of universe without an end
or a beginning. In this cyclical nature of birth and death, the universal self
is the only unchanging principle.
If you have seen a
rudraksha or any other mala, you must have noticed that a knot is kept between
the beads. There is a scientific reason for this also. Knot is kept between the
beads to ensure that they should not touch each other so as to avoid the
distraction that may be caused due to frictional sound of bead during meditation.
Knot signifies the divine link present between all beings of this universe. It
reminds us that all of us are strung in the thread of the Universal Self like
the beads are strung by thread in the mala.
the right type of Mala and importance of energization of mala
There are many
different types of mala that are used for different deities. For example, for
worshipping Lord Vishnu, use of Tulsi (holy basil) mala is recommended. For Maa
Lakshmi, lotus seed mala/sphatik (crystal) mala is recommended. For worshipping
Maa Durga, Red Sandalwood mala is recommended. For worshipping Lord Shiva,
Rudraksha mala is recommended. In my opinion, Rudraksha mala is best to do
mantra chanting for any deity. An important aspect is that this mala should be
properly energized and then it would enhance its effects many times.
for using Mala
There are many people
who use to wear the same mala which they are using for meditation purpose. This
should not be done due to the reason that spiritual energy is stored in the
mala when we chant mantras or meditate using this mala. So if you want to wear
mala also, then you should have one separate mala which is used for wearing
It is also important
that you should not exchange the mala you wear or use for mantras with anyone
else because when you use a mala, a special bonding gets developed between you
and your mala.
It carries your
positive aura and that is why it should not be shared with anyone.
When you are not
using mala, keep it inside a cloth bag at a sacred place to show respect and
gratitude towards the mala as it is going to be a guiding force in your
spiritual journey.You can contact us for getting all types of
Mantras are mystic sounds which
produce certain type of energies. When we repeatedly utter a Mantra we are
tuning to a particular frequency and this frequency establishes a contact with
the cosmic energy and drags it into our body and surroundings. Thus we can
balance the energies and also increase the level of a certain type of energy,
which promote certain actions and events. In this post, I am sharing some
effective mantras that can be used to solemnize your marriage with your loved
one. These mantras will remove all obstacles in your marriage but it is
necessary that you do the chanting of mantras with full devotion and in the
manner suggested in this post. The benefit of mantras is that they can be done
easily at your home without the involvement of any other person.
For predicting love marriage, it is
necessary that 5th, 7th and 9th house of the
horoscope should be seen along with strength of planets like Venus, Moon and
Mars. If there are afflictions on these houses or these planets are weak, then
mantra remedies are suggested in combination with other astrological remedies
to materialize marriage.
I am giving you three mantras for
Venus, Mars and Moon here which can be chanted by both boy as well as girl for
finding partner of their own choice.
VENUS MANTRA - “Om dram dreem droum sah Shukraya
above mantra will make the Venus strong and both boy and girl will develop
positive attraction for each other.
MANTRA - “Om Kram Kreem Kraum saha Bhaumaye Namah”
above mantra will give you courage to express your love to your partner as well
as parents and will make it possible for you to achieve Manglik Karya of solemnizing
will remove negative thoughts from your mind and will lead to success in your
above mantras are to be recited (at least 108 times) with an Energized
(Abhimantrit) Rudraksha Mala. This mala should be energized with the objective
of helping you to solemnize your love marriage. You can contact our Lal Kitab
Astro Centre (LKAC) for getting energized rudraksha mala.
Additional mantra for Boy
If a boy
is in love and is not able to convert his love into a marriage, he should chant
Manorama Dehi Manovritanusarinim
Durgsansar Sagarasya Kulodbhavam ”
chant of this Mantra (108 times) should be done on all Fridays in the evening
using an energized Sphatik mala. You can
contact our Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC) for getting energized Sphatik mala.
Additional mantra for Girl
If a girl
is in love with someone and there are numerous obstacles in getting married to
the person, then she should chant,
Gauri! Shankarardhangi Twam Shankaram Priya
Kuru Kalyani Kantkantam Sudurlabham”.
of this Mantra (108 times) should be done on all Mondays in the morning using an
energized Rudraksha mala.
Nirjala Ekadashi is the most
important and significant Ekadashis out of all twenty four Ekadashis in a
year. Nirjala means without water and Nirjala Ekadashi fasting is
observed without water and any type of food. Nirjala Ekadashi Vratam is
the toughest among all Ekadashi fasting due to strict fasting rules.
Devotees abstain not only from food but also from water while observing
Nirjala Ekadashi Vrat.
Benefits of this ekadashi
who are unable to observe all twenty fours Ekadashi fasting in a year
should observe single Nirjala Ekadashi fasting as fasting on Nirjala
Ekadashi brings all benefits of twenty four Ekadashi fasting in a year.
Legend associated with Nirjala Ekadashi
Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Pandava Ekadashi and Bhimseni or
Bhima Ekadashi due to one legend associated with Nirjala Ekadashi.
Bhimsen, the second Pandava brother and voracious eater, was not able to
control his desire of having food and was not able observe Ekadashi
fasting. Except Bhima, all Pandava brothers and Draupadi used to observe
all Ekadashi fasting. Bhima, being upset due to his weak determination
and doing a dishonor to Lord Vishnu, met Maharishi Vyasa to find some
solution. Sage Vyasa advised Bhima to observe single Nirjala Ekadasi
fasting to compensate for not observing all Ekadashi fasting in a year.
Due to this legend Nirjala Ekadashi is also known as Bhimseni Ekadashi
or Pandava Ekadashi.
How Nirjala Ekadashi should be celebrated
I am sharing here some of the very simple remedies that can be done by
all to celebrate Nirjala Ekadashi. I understand that each and every
person is not able to keep fast or be without water but do not worry.
What matters is your devotion, sincerity and trust in God. The word
“Upavas” means residing near yourself, when you are at your center.
There you find that God is already near you, residing in you, breathing
along with you. So I am against all those traditional pundits,
astrologers and so called saints who exploit you for their own sake. In
my view, whatever you offer to God with devotion, love and sincerity, He
accepts it. So if you are not able to do fast on this day, do not
worry. I am giving you tried and tested ways through which you can offer
your prayers to Lord Hari. 1. First of all offer Puja to Lord
Vishnu and seek His grace. For this purpose, you can bath the idol of
Lord Vishnu if you have at your place with Panchamrit or if you have
Shaligram in your house, you can bath it with Panchmrit consisting of
water, milk, curd, ghee and honey/sugar. I believe that when Lord Hari
puts His blessings on an individual, then he gets the chance to
establish Shaligram at his house. Soon I will update my website with an
article that highlights thousands of benefits of having Shaligram in
your house. There are many people who have established Laddu Gopal in
their house, then you can dress them in new clothes. 2. Suppose you
do not have any idols or Shaligram in your house, then you can offer
your prayer to Lord Hari by visualizing His picture or by seeing His
picture. I am also sharing a good picture in this post and if you do not
have any picture you can offer prayers to this one also. You can offer
flowers, incense, water, lamps and a hand fan to Lord Hari or
alternatively you can give these articles in temple. If possible you can
worship Lord Vishnu by using Durva grass. 3. Most important you
listen to Lord Hari bhajans or chant Mahamantra “Hare Krishna Hare
Rama”, the whole mantra is given below for your reference. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare ! Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare !! Chanting Hare Krishna gets you out of the endless cycle of birth and death.
It is the most effective means of self-realization in the present Age
of Quarrel. Nothing else works nearly as well. Chanting Hare Krishna
cleanses the heart of all illusions and misunderstandings. By chanting
Hare Krishna, you become free from all anxieties. 4. You should
avoid having rice on this day as eating rice is prohibited on Ekadashi. I
will discuss in detail the scientific significance of not eating rice
and other grains on this day in one of my future posts but at present my
schedule is very hectic so I am not able to deal with this subject here
in detail but surely I will spare some time and will discuss with you
why we should not have rice and other grains on Ekadashi. 5. The
celebration of this Ekadashi would not be complete unless and until you
donate some amount according to your capacity to nearby temple or poor
people. For this day, I would suggest you a very simple remedy which
will bestow thousands of benefits to you. What you can do is that you
can take small pet bottles of lemon water/frooti/flavored milk or you
can prepare sweet milk with Rooh Afza at your home and serve it to
people especially poor people. It will give you tremendous satisfaction
and above all you will see that you are able to quench the thirst of
poor people with your hard earned money. Serving people is a mode of
HAPPY EKADASHI TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Acharya Vikas Malhotra Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC) lalkitabastro.com