A prayer mala bead is used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation. It provides a much-needed anchor allowing you to keep an easy count during a mantra, in sets of 108 repetitions (108 beads). Malas create lovely necklaces, and can also be looped multiple times around your wrist. It’s a common belief that when malas are used regularly for meditation and repeating mantras, they absorb the vibrations of the practice. So, the more you wear it, the more positive energy it absorbs and reflects back.
"OM" is the symbol of absolute. This sacred word encompasses the whole universe, including the past, present and future. Om is the essence of all that is sacred and represents universal knowledge. It is chanted at the beginning of prayer, meditation, and yoga.