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Surprisingly nice and, functional, for the price.
on January 9, 2011
For such a ridiculously low price, I was pleasantly surprised, when I received this Mala. The color is a very dark, moss green, appearing almost black, in low-light settings. It is very well strung and I love the deep chocolate colored, tie-off, at the guru bead. It has good stretch, that would fit wrists of most sizes.
I was hoping the bead carving would be more distinctive, but you will need to look closely to see the details. It is still a nice addition to the piece.
It is important to remind the shopper that this Mala contains only 15, Sandalwood beads, and the beads are of a large size, so it will not fit closely to the wrist. Therefore, it will take some abuse, banging on counters, tables, etc. Since I've just received it, I can't attest to how well it will hold up to frequent use. But, again, at this price...
If you are a Mala purist, you know that the traditional wrist Mala will have 19, to 27 beads. Generally, the smaller beads are more comfortable if you intend to wear your Mala often, plus, you will have more beads for mantra counting and reflection. But, this is a minor consideration, particularly for a beginner, as the use can be modified.
When performing mantras, the type of bead used has some significance. Sandalwood beads have been recommended for performing magnetizing mantras. This is particularly useful for the, 'earth mantras,' whereby you connect with earth energy, focusing on building a positive energy circle around yourself, while discharging the negative.
Whether you purchase this Mala simply for 'Dharma jewelry,' or to actually bring it into your meditative practice, you won't be dissatisfied. It's well constructed and the price can't be beat.