Accessories made from Agarwood from ancient times have been favored by Buddhists thanks to the ability to bring good flow of feng shui energy. Despite expensive price of Agarwood brecelets, they are still indispensable accessories in the closets of devout Buddhists because of their spiritual meanings. A typical example is the 108 mala beads Agarwood Rosary, which contains many obscure mysteries.
Before talking about Agarwood chain, let’s talk about the meaning of number 108 mala beads
Table of Contents
- I. The old story tells that 108 mala beads….
- II. About The eighteen dhàtu (108 mala beads)
- III. Agarwood – a gifted produce converging the essence of heaven and earth
- IV. The uses of Agarwood in Spiritual
- V. The uses of Agarwood in Feng Shui – 108 mala beads
- VI. Agarwood and the number “108” – 108 mala beads
I. The old story tells that 108 mala beads….
Historically, King Ba Luu Ly of La Due Ky sent an emissary to Buddhist place to seek a way out of the miseries of mundane life and see the light of a spiritual door. The Buddha gave advice, sent a message to the king that he should make a string of 108 beads and always bring it along, keep a clear mind and always be kind, think about goodness
The Buddhist scriptures said that human beings go on and on in samsara, which origin comes from Avidyā. These things are generally known as the realms of sense.
II. About The eighteen dhàtu (108 mala beads)
Can is about physiologic: eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind
Tran is about physic: color, sound, flavor, taste, touch and dharma
Thuc is about mentality: Eye consciousness, ear consciousness, nose consciousness, tongue consciousness, body consciousness, mind consciousness
Six sense of organs contact with six sense of objects create six sense of consciousness. Consciousness creates karma, goodness or evil
108 beads represent 108 Phap Tam Muoi, that is used to eliminate 108 afflictions in the world. The number 108 is the result of serial summation. Firstly, 6 sense of organs plus 6 sense of objects plus 6 sense of consciousness equals eighteen dhàtu (18). Then eighteen dhàtu multiplied by six basic afflictions (including Greed,Hatred,Ignorance, Pride, Doubt, Wrong) equals 108.
Clearly, in the endless samsara, people has created 108 afflictions. Reciting the rosary 108 times when saying Buddhist chants is showing goodness and determination to get rid of the 108 afflictions created in samsara. Elimination of affliction also helps purifying the sense of organs, preventing mediocre desire from chasing mundane scene.
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III. Agarwood – a gifted produce converging the essence of heaven and earth
Agarwood is a product crystallized from the wound-healing process of Gourd tree (Aquilaria tree). When living in the wild, Aquilaria tree can meet with some injuries due to external factors such as weather, insects or war. To protect itself from mold and harmful bacteria, the tree creates a resinous zone to form around the wound. Over decades of dew and wind, this oil penetrates the wood fibers, creating Agarwood.
“The pain becomes Agarwood”, Folk handed down this saying as a testament to the value of Agarwood. Agarwood is obtained from the pain of the Gourd tree, perhaps because of that, heaven and earth give it the ecstatic scent that touched people.
People call Agarwood the wood of heaven must also has a reason, because there are few fragrances stick to people as long as Agarwood. It persists over time and it makes people feel as pure as returning to their ego.
IV. The uses of Agarwood in Spiritual
It is no coincidence that burning incense has become a cultural feature in life. That is because burning incense brings a great deal of the spiritual aspect. Agarwood is considered as the mascot to absorb the essence of the Sky and Earth. With the strong Yangqi, Agarwood also has an effect of chasing bad luck and disaster. Burning incense increases the effect in order to bring good luck to the home-owners. Many people believe that incense can purify the badness of people, help us get rid of negative energy, and calm the mind to the prosperity.
V. The uses of Agarwood in Feng Shui – 108 mala beads
Since the ancient Egypt, Jewelry are popular. The main purpose was used as the amulets. Over time, feng shui jewelry were more than just a spiritual meaning. Today, they are used for each person’s the beauty of appearance. Feng shui jewelry includes bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, … in many types and models.
Feng shui jewelry give owners the beauty and high aesthetics. Besides, it also helps attract fortune, luckiness. Therefore, it is very popular to use in today’s life.
VI. Agarwood and the number “108” – 108 mala beads
Agarwood and 108 beads is a harmonious combination. Tram Huong helps to bring positive feng shui energy to the body, helps the wearer have good luck, and avoid bad luck. 108 Agarwood beads will help the wearer get rid of 108 sorrows, help the wearer have a comfortable and peaceful life, satisfied with the fullness of life.
Nowaday, the 108 beads Agarwood bracelets is not only used by devout Buddhists in prayer meetings but also used by households as an item placed next to Buddha statues or as an accessory to carry with them. Visibly, the value of 108 mala beads Agarwood is not only worn out over time but also nurtured by people.