The meaning of…the guru bead.
Guru beads are found at the bottom of a mala necklace, connecting the beads to the tassel. In Sanskrit, the world “guru” translates to “bringer of light.” Having a guru bead as part of a mala necklace honors the relationship between student and teacher.
At Mala and Mantra, our guru beads are inscribed with a sacred Sanskrit mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum, which translates to, “O radiant jewel in the lotus of my heart, please shine brightly. May my heart have the strength to feel compassion for all sentient beings.”
The meaning of…the tassel.
In traditional Buddhist culture, tassels are a symbol for lotus blossoms, which represent and promote enlightenment. For centuries, tassels have also served as a talisman that represents power, protection and spiritual connection.
The meaning of…the Om charm.
Om charms are representative of a common mantra—Om—used in meditation and prayer. In Hinduism, Om signifies the essence of the ultimate reality or consciousness. Om charms and symbols are also said to bring luck, harmony and peace to the wearer.
The meaning of…the Buddha charm.
Buddha charms are meant to symbolize none other than the monk and philosopher known as Buddha, whose teachings founded the Buddhist religion. Many statues, figurines and charms have been made in the image of Buddha for centuries, and each Buddha pose represents something different. At Mala and Mantra, we use a Meditation Buddha charm (also called Serenity Buddha, Calming Buddha or Amithabha Buddha, meaning “Boundless Light”). In this pose, Buddha is depicted with both hands in his lap, legs crossed and eyes closed. This helps the wearer to find peace and calm in their lives, while also easing meditation. The charm is somewhat triangular in shape, which represents stability and aids in concentration.