The mala arrived today; it is I thought: the "stones" (3 round pebble like concretions) look exactll like cremation relics that had come my way before. I am happy with this mala, but I'm not sure what to do with it - perhaps it will be my "night" mala: that is to say, I always sleep with at least one mala in my bed, and clock mantras whenever I am sleepless during the night. Usually I say Padmasambhava's mantra but currently I am experiencing a great attraction to the Tsonkhapa mantra; the two seem to complement each other.
I was wrong about it being well worn rudraksha beads; it is well worn, and I mean well worn, bodhi beads and, I think, quite old. It has a smoke aroma about it, an aroma I have only experienced from "real" Amerind medicine bags - leather cured properly in the Old Indian Way. That was a surprise. It's the smoke of cured ham, or leather, and quite pungent.
At any rate, I am virtually certain that the "stones" are cremation relics, a form of rilnag, but of course we will never identify the Being whose relics they are. I have a sense that the mala goes back at least 75 years and perhaps longer.
It doesn't matter; it is a great tool and I am blessed that it has showed up in my reality.
Yes, it will be a "night mala". I can say from experience that a working night mala can have the most heathy effects on one's dreams and night travels into what the aborigines call the Dreamtime.
Those who are heading for their keyboards to blatt out a reminder of emptiness would do well to read the last gatha of the Diamond Sutra. This reality may seem like a lightening flash or a bubble in a stream but, like it or not, it will always keep seeming. We may as well have some fun with it.
Love to all,
Are you pertaining to the three beads that act as spacer beads dividing the mala into 4 sections of 27 beads each? Wow! Relics...I guess that would stick to this thread's "Human Mala" topic. You said this was an eBay auction? If so, that means there's a link that may still have the picture! I'd love to see it!
You claim that you work in Manhattan - I work in the city myself! Small world! Must be karma.