On Saturday, I was sitting outside, working on my newsletter when all of a sudden all the beads from my blessed sandalwood bracelet spilled out everywhere; some landed on the floor, some on the table. In the past, I would have been very upset and sad. That is how I felt the first time a mala broke, as I didn't know what I will share with you now.
In the yogic tradition, a broken mala is said to symbolize the breaking of a cycle of suffering, a spiritual breakthrough, and a release of karma or other negative traits. It is viewed as a good sign of progression along one's yogic path and the perfect time to reflect on your blessings and your inner journey. It is time to move on and let the beads go because you have learned something. New lessons are ready to come your way in this university of life.
When a mala breaks you are not supposed to fix it. You are supposed to gather its broken pieces and you can place the beads on your altar or you can bury them under a tree.
The ego is so attached to material things, that is why we have so much trouble letting go. Yet all is transient. This is another reminder that all that we perceive is transient. Without the intrusiveness of the personal mind, life is observed to be unfolding in a harmonious way, as it is supposed to. Next time a mala breaks, celebrate it! And of course, you can always get a new one. Many blessings. Judit.