How to Use, Cleanse, and Store Mala Beads

A few pointers from Diana at Tiny Devotions on how to use, cleanse, and store mala beads:

On the Spirit Voyage blog, which has a trove of meditation mantras, I discovered some interesting information about accupressure points on the fingers that can be targeted with a mala.  Might give it a try.

There are accupressure points on each of the fingers that work on different parts of the psyche and the brain.  When the beads press the meridian points in the finger, you can work on a specific result. The meridian point you are trying to activate is located on the side of each finger, in the center point between the tip of the finger and the upper knuckle.
The properties of the meridian points for each finger are as follows:
  • Index Finger (Jupiter Finger): Wisdom. Knowledge. Prosperity
  • Middle Finger (Saturn Finger): Patience.
  • Ring Finger (Sun Finger): Health. Vitality. Strengthen the Nervous System.
  • Little Finger (Mercury Finger): Communication. Intelligence.


  1. My understanding was that when you use mala beads you should never use your index finger to help move the beads through your fingers as this is the finger associated with the ego. Do you know about this?

    1. That is correct.

      Traditionally, in yoga, the index finger represents the ego and should not touch the beads.

      The left hand is not used, unless the right one is missing.

      Traditionally, a Sansrkit mantra (“mon-tra,” not “MAN-tra”) is used.

      New age is lovely and has helped many people. But it should not be confused with traditional yoga.

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