WHAT ARE MALA BEADS? - ANSWERED BY CHATGPT
Mala beads are a string of beads that are traditionally used for prayer and meditation in Hinduism and Buddhism. They consist of 108 beads and a guru bead, and are used for keeping count during recitation of mantras, prayers, or affirmations. Mala beads can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, bone, seeds, and gemstones, and each material is believed to have its own unique spiritual properties. The practice of using mala beads has spread beyond traditional spiritual communities and is now popular among people of various spiritual beliefs as a tool for promoting mindfulness, relaxation, and spiritual growth.