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A Mala (typically 108, 54 or 27 beads in count, in addition to one guru bead) are used as a meditation tool while reciting or silently repeating a mantra. Malas help you focus your mind and are often used to recite mantras, affirmations in set. Malas can help wearers carry a sense of peace, calm, mindfulness and focus with them throughout the day. The number 108 is considered to be sacred in many Eastern religions, representing the universe as one thing (1), nothing (0) and everything (8, or infinity). The numbers 9 and 12 also have spiritual significance in many Eastern religions, with 9 times 12 equaling 108. The practice of crafting mala beads with 108 beads has been traced back to the ancient culture, whereby a practitioner held the belief that 108 was the number of existence. For instance, in Vedic culture there are 108 sacred texts (Vedic Upanishads), 108 sacred sites or points on the human body (marma points), and 108 energy lines converging at heart (chakra). Moreover, there are 108 sacred sites situated across the country of India, while it was believed that there are 108 gopis dancing in Vrindavan with the Hindu god Krishna. Figure 108 also holds some religious significance in Jewish culture, Islam, as well as other spiritual customs. Some Buddhists use the beads to count the repetition of sacred mantras hundreds or even thousands of times.