Lotus seeds improve speech and concentration. Mantra invoked on a lotus mala abounds in spiritual wealth. It is seen as an astringent and rejuvenative, good for root chakra and pitta imbalances.
Hand malas are also prayer beads, which are used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra. Mantra means “sacred sound.” They are used for different purposes linked to working with mind. In addition to serving a counting function, malas facilitate one-pointed concentration and serve as a tool for connecting, body, speech and mind during one’s meditation practice. Hand malas contain 21 or 27 beads and are used for prostrations, a physical meditation that is used to transcend ego and overcome pride.