108 Mala Amethyst with purple Tassle
A mala bead necklace has 108 beads, a number that has been considered sacred in Hinduism. Designers of mala bead necklaces believe that the number 1 represents God, the universe, or a person’s highest truth; 0 stands for humility in spiritual practice and emptiness; while the number 8 stands for timelessness and infinity.
The number 108 is significant across different cultures and disciplines. The number 108 is the form of the architecture of sacred texts that are central to eastern philosophy and to yoga. As pointed out by the yoga scholar Shiva Rea, the Rig Veda is composed of 108 chapters. The primary Tantras are 108, while the Upanishads are also 108. Their texts are written in Sanskrit that is comprised of 54 letters, each letter having both the masculine and feminine forms. When we multiply 54 by 2, we arrive at the number 108.
When a person wears a mala bead necklace, it offers him a wearable reflection of something in his own journey. The mala beads, therefore, becomes whatever the person who wears it intends for it.