Mala Beads

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A mala—Sanskrit for "garland"—is a set of beads commonly used by Hindus and Buddhists for the practice of japa, during which beads are counted while the wearer recites, chants, or mentally repeats a mantra. By using a mala, the wearer can focus on the meaning or sound of their chosen mantra rather than counting its repetitions, and in the process, can settle his or her own mind, finding peace, balance, and inner harmony with every reiteration.

According to traditional Buddhist thought, people are said to have 108 afflictions or kleshas. There are 6 senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and consciousness) multiplied by 3 reactions (positive, negative, or indifference) making 18 "feelings." Each feeling can be either attached to pleasure or detached from pleasure, making 36 "passions," each of which may be manifested in the past, present, or future. The combinations of all these kleshas makes a total of 108—the exact number of glass beads threaded along this beautiful mala.

Whether used to practice your own mantra or simply as a beautiful reminder to practice grace in your own life, this contemporary take on the classic mala bracelet can promote well-being with every twist of its lovely, color-blocked strand. Handmade by Jenny Gaynor in Los Angeles, California.
Erin Fergusson, UncommonGoods Buyer
Pendant: .625" dia. Unwrapped: 15.5" L

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

December 12, 2012 12:15:49 PM

These colorful beads are certainly lovely, but when put together in this fashion they also have special meaning. Take a look at the product story to learn more, then let us know if Jenny Gaynor's handmade bracelet has your vote.

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December 12, 2012 12:21:23 PM

so pretty!

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December 12, 2012 01:06:11 PM

Love the colors!

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December 12, 2012 07:45:16 PM


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December 13, 2012 08:35:26 PM

Looks rather bizarrely like a candy bracelet to me.

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December 15, 2012 04:28:36 PM

This is beautiful and I cant think of 5 people that would love it already.

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December 17, 2012 05:57:22 PM

Sorry, but looks really cheap, and isn't very pretty. And you can find these everywhere. You can do better, Uncommon Goods.

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December 20, 2012 02:10:15 AM

The colors are so beautiful together - great design and meaningful. I love it!

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December 20, 2012 08:43:54 AM


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December 20, 2012 11:36:44 AM

the ideas behind these are much more interesting than the actual objects

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December 20, 2012 12:12:11 PM

Jewelry with a deep meaning. Namaste

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December 20, 2012 06:20:39 PM

I'm so sick of this stuff. It's usually cheap and way overpriced. If you went to SE Asia where these "originate", you'd find that they're usually no more than a couple of dollars.

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December 20, 2012 06:33:47 PM

Appear to be made by the same party that made the bracelets...? Did not like the bracelets, either. (The colours, etc.)

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December 20, 2012 06:46:08 PM

Nice colors. An updated, hip "Rosary Beads", though I think it would more likely be an interesting piece of jewelry.

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December 20, 2012 07:30:30 PM

Love the colors

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December 20, 2012 08:30:36 PM

I love this modern take on the malas. Using gemstones and glass instead of the traditional sandalwood and more earthy beads.

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December 20, 2012 09:20:22 PM

Need to be priced 'low' to compete with others...

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December 20, 2012 10:32:41 PM

Too many glass beads out there already. All claiming to do something special but just ordinary beads.

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December 23, 2012 02:52:31 PM

again, more stretchy beads...........

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December 24, 2012 08:29:32 AM


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December 26, 2012 02:15:09 PM

Looks really nice, its just not my style

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December 26, 2012 04:29:43 PM

Beaded bracelets are not unique - you can find them in any department store or boutique.

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December 26, 2012 08:40:33 PM

No. I am a Christian. Would not wear one or give as a gift.


December 31, 2012 10:32:17 PM

No. Looks cheap/poorly made. Are those beads strung individually?

thanks for commenting