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Sagrado Japa Mala, in our Wanchako workshop located in the Las Lomas de Huanchaco community of Trujillo-La Libetad we do it, with love, respect and dedication.
Our japamalas are made with different materials: sacred wood from the Palo Santo tree. Below the Guru's bead, hangs a beautiful tassel with colorful, hand-made fringes, made with natural threads and premium wool.

A japamala is a set of 108 round beads with knots between beads, made of selected 7/8 mm Palo Santo wood (Bursera Graveolens). diameter, 65cm. long.
This is used while repeating a mantra (sacred sound) and it serves to cultivate concentration and the quality associated with that mantra that is being repeated. It can also be used to count breaths in meditation.

Japa mala means "repetition of prayers". Like other types of prayer beads, japa mala allows you to focus on the meaning or sound of the mantra. Its use is a powerful meditation technique in which two senses intervene: the ear while chanting the mantra and the touch while the beads are passed between the fingers.

 The japa mala has a bead number 109, larger than the others, from which a plume of threads hangs and which represents the sacred mount Meru, the abode of the gods in this tradition. The purpose of this bead, also called the Guru bead or mountain bead, is to be a place of rest and contemplation when meditating or reciting the mantra.
Each part of japa mala has a meaning:
1- The tassel: also known as a tassel, it symbolizes the energy that is born as a result of meditation. It represents the mobility of the individual that flows in constant change, represented by each of the threads that make up the tassel. It is the constant change within the immutable, the illusion of separation and the reminder of non-attachment to the non-permanent.

The threads that make up the tassel also represent the thousand petals of Sahasrara, the crown chakra, which signifies attained spiritual enlightenment.

2- The beads: The traditional Japa Malas are composed of 108 beads, which can be made of rudraksha, Palo Santo wood, sandalwood, semi-precious stones, seeds and other woods. They have an additional, larger bead at the end of the Mala and before the tassel, called the guru. This is usually the same material that the beads are made from.
3- The guru: We have already mentioned that there is an additional account, called a guru. It represents the teacher who is connected to his student through the "thread of life." Out of respect for the figure it represents, at the end of the chanting of all Japa Mala, you should never step over the teacher, but turn around or turn around and do another cycle of mantras or breaths, if you wish. The guru is also a symbol of the union of our inner being with the elements of the universe.

4- The knot: Traditionally the beads are joined with a satin thread and a knot is made between each one of them, which gives them strength and security. This symbolizes the forces of the universe that sustain and sustain everything. The knot creates a space between each ball. That knot represents the divine link between all created things.

5- The thread: it keeps all the beads together. It is like our link with the universe, which unites us all with the whole. The interconnection with divine energy.

How Japamalas are used
The way to use it is by repeating aloud (it can also be whispering or mentally) a mantra or sound along the circle of beads that form it.
In the Vedic or Hindu tradition, the japa mala is held in the right hand and the beads are passed between the thumb and middle finger. The thumb represents universal consciousness and the middle finger represents purity or sattva guna.
The collar should rest on the right knee (even if it is a left-handed person) and the left hand is relaxed on the left knee. It is usually done with your eyes closed for greater concentration.
The Japa Mala has a separate account, also known as the abode of the gods. As it is not touched, to turn around again you have to turn and go back.
Once you start account by account, you should not stop until you complete the circle, as an act of respect and union in whom everyone believes. It is a devotional item, so it should be used and treated with respect.
Meditating with a Japa mala is a way of directing attention to a physical object, the necklace or bracelet, and a mental object, the mantra to achieve spiritual connection with God.

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