Crystal Japa Mala (108 beads) A mala is typically made from 108 beads and one larger additional bead called a sumeru. Begin the round with the sumeru and end when it is reached again. The following round should begin with the same bead upon which the previous round ended. The mala should be held in the right hand with the middle finger and thumb, never with the index finger which is considered inauspicious. With each bead one repeats the mantra.The mantra should be recited with highest attention and deeply interiorized." "Japa is a type of communication between "here" and "beyond", between the part and the Whole. As in all types of communication, it cannot be the mumbling of empty words, it cannot be a mechanical or robotic repetition, but it must express an authentic and sincere intention. Ideal for sadhana, meditation, yoga, mantra recitation, puja, & self-consecration, or to be worn as a spiritual accessory. Place prayer beads in mala bag when not in use to preserve spiritual energy accumulated through sadhana, mantra meditation, or through the blessings of gurus & deities. The metaphysical properties of Clear Crystal Quartz include: energizing and balancing of the crown chakra, amplifying, absorbing, and conducting spiritual energy, enhancing psychic abilities, connecting with spiritual realms, cleansing the subtle & ethereal bodies, increasing concentration