About Buddha chitta products
Buddha chitta (Bodhi) Mala
Buddha chitta mala commonly referred as 'Bodhi mala' is mala beads that are made from the seeds from Buddha chitta tree, which is a specific type of Bodhi tree. Buddha chitta tree is believed to be found in very few parts of Nepal. Buddha chitta seed is a type of Bodhi seed among various different types of Bodhi seeds which is generally categorized based on the place of their origin. For example- Indian Bodhi seed, Chinese Bodhi seed, Tibetan Bodhi seed etc.
No matter where they come from all types of Bodhi mala seeds are viewed highly sacred and scarce throughout Buddhism. It is believed that the prince Siddhartha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree and became Buddha. In Buddhism the supreme state of mindfulness is referred as ‘Bodhichitta’. The literal meaning of Bodhi in Sanskrit is ‘enlightenment’ and chitta for ‘mind’.
Traditional Bodhi malas used by many lama gurus and devotees are mostly made of Buddha chitta seeds which are found in very few parts of Timal area in Kavre district of Nepal. It is said that Guru Padma Sambhava, who introduced Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet was in meditation retreat in Timal area of Nepal and after finding out environment favorable for Buddha chitta in that region he introduced the Buddha chitta plant there so that the local people and their future generations can purify their bad karma through Buddha chitta mala mantra recitation. Local people came to realize this and treat Buddha chitta mala with great respect, always putting the mala in the righteous place the mala deserves. All our Buddha chitta products comes from this region of Nepal.
While especially honored by Buddhists, a Buddha chitta mala is considered favorable to use for all practices. It represents spiritual promise, dedication and faith. Buddha chitta Mala is a multipurpose mala that can be used as a lucky charm, for its aesthetical value, tool for general mantra recitation, healing qualities or a physical reminder of the beautiful intention you set. In modern context there is no one fixed religion or one meaning of what Buddha chitta mala is for. It is up to each individual to determine what meaning their Buddha chitta mala holds for them.
All Buddha chitta mala seeds have distinctive innate symbolic face (mukhi) pattern embedded in them. These symbolic mukhi pattern also comes in various forms for example most common ones are two mukhi pattern, they also come in three, four, five and six mukhi patterns. Buddha chitta mala varies in size also. The standard size is 12- 14 mm which are about the size of a standard marble. There are larger Buddha chitta seeds which can go up to as large as 18 mm and as small as 6 mm which are very hard to find even in Nepal and Tibet Buddha chitta market. The more eye pattern Buddha chitta seeds have and the more the size of the mala vary from the standard size, more sacred and scarce they are, which makes them highly sought after commodity and very expensive to buy even in Nepalese mala market.
The texture of Buddha chitta mala seed is very unique. The seeds have grip like texture around them similar to that of a basketball grip which helps while counting the beads during meditation. They look and feel very different from other mala beads that are made of wood, gemstone or bones. They are perfect for people who want to buy mala beads for meditation purpose.
** Natural Buddha chitta mala changes its original color from light brown to dark brown over time gradually. The color change process speeds up when used regularly. It takes years for natural Buddha chitta seed to even change slight color naturally without artificial coloring. So the darker the natural budda chitta mala is more highly it is viewed for its authenticity and value.