Mala materials

I am wondering if the materials of one's mala will affect the chanting practice.

I know that Tulsi is often recommended. Will the energy of the Tulsi help with one's chanting?

Also I am wondering about an old mala which I used in the 1990s, which I really love and have a lot of sentiment attached to it. A couple of the wooden beads cracked and fell off. So there are two spaces with no bead, when I use the mala I have just been chanting the mantra for that space as if there was a bead. What is the best thing to do with a mala when it is worn out like that? I know I should probably start using a new mala that is fully intact. Is it acceptable to hang up the old one where I can see it and it will remind me of Krishna?

Tulsi Mala

Hare Krishna

I've keen desire to know about Tulsi ji, the history/story/beliefs associated with Tulsi ji. Please apprise me with details.

Hare krishna

Arvind Mahajan

Tulasi info

Thanks alot

Hare Krishna

Thanks for the reply.

Hare Krishna

Arvind Mahajan


Tulasi wood is considered the best for malas in Haribhaktivilasa 9.199 or 17.112:

"In the Agastya-saMhitA it is said: A person who carefully makes beautiful japa beads or neck beads out of Tulasi wood attains a benefit that is eternal."

"One should understand that beads made out of Tulasi wood is said to be fulfilling all kinds of desires in every activity or function."

If you want to keep your mala for chanting it'd be good to add those missing beads. Get some tulasi wood and carve them out of it.

Old wooden malas can be burned in fire, like the old wooden murtis (Haribhaktivilasa 19.1006-7).

Hari Hari
ys Jan

Thank You!

Thanks for this informative reply!