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Why do I wear a Mala with 108 beads?

Has anybody ever questioned their teacher about this? Strange I have felt it to be a natural thing to do and it reminds me of many coincidences in my life as well as being a powerful tool that I use in my meditations and mantra. Through the years my Mala’s have became an important part of me almost as if my identity in life has depended on the quality of Mala that I wear.

My favorite Mala is made up of clear quartz interlaced with smokey quartz or a Chinese Mala made up of rosewood beads with turquoise, or a set that have been blessed in the Ganges.

Through the years I have become more and more interested in the esoteric meanings to the Mala and it’s relationship to the 108 movements in the Wu style Taichi form that I practise and teach. The traditional form maps the path of the sacred black bear as it moves across the 108 sacred stars in the universe. By performing this form we also embark on this voyage of discovery of our star being.

Here are a few of my favorite esoteric meanings:

  1. According to Buddhist traditions there are 108 earthly desires, 108 lies that we tell and 108 delusions of forms of ignorance, also that we have 108 virtues to cultivate. 
  2. There are 108 energy lines into the heart.
  3. The angle formed in a pentagon is 108.
  4. The are 108 forms of dance in Indian Tradition.

In the one heart





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