This listing is for a raktu seed 108 bead mala with three white metal Buddha of Compassion spacers. On one of my trips to Nepal I came across the raktu seed, known as "the bodhi seed's brother" because the tree they fall from is similar to the bodhi tree. At this time, small bodhi seeds are very rare and therefor very expensive. This size raktu seeds provides a nice and affordable alternative to the small bodhi seed. The white metal spacers are carved with the mantra of Buddha of Compassion, Om Mani Padme Hum.
Each of the raktu seed beads measure approximately 8-9mm, but may vary slightly in size due to their handmade nature and the spacers measure approximately 11mm.
Prayer beads are usually used for meditation, counting mantras, and prostration.Malas are worn on the left or right wrist while not in use (the wrist it is worn on is typically determined by the mantra or practice).
Suggested Mantras for this mala:
"Om Muni Muni Maha Muni Ye Soha" to Lord Buddha Shakyamuni
"Om Tare Turi Tutari Turi Soha" to White Tara
"Tayatha Om Pekatse Pekatse Maha Pekatse Raza Samu Gati Soha" to Medicine Buddha
I have meditated with this mala for the past year. It is very well made and has a great warmth. For me, this mala was the one and I gave all my other malas away. Hands of Tibet is a great company. Peace and blessings.