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How To Use

The mala can be used in two ways. It is traditionally held in the right hand and beads are moved towards the user one by one synchronized with each mantra recital. In one method, the mala is hanging between the thumb and the ring (third) finger. The middle (second) finger is used to rotate the mala. The other way to use the mala is to let it hang on the middle finger with the thumb used to move the beads. (the index finger is never used to touch the beads). 

A different colored bead or beads are used for the 27th, 54th and 81st beads in a 108 bead mala to help in keeping track of accumulations of mantras.

When using a mala to count mantras one begins just next to the guru bead or centre, works around the mala and then reverses direction and counts back when the other side of the guru bead or centre is reached. The need to account for the marker beads helps you stay mindful of your mantra or affirmation.

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