108 mala beads made from genuine crystal beads. Mala beads are mainly used during meditation, to keep count of the breath. Practitioners hold the beads in their hands and move the bead through their fingers after each breath. Traditionally, the mala beads have 109 beads, the 109th bead sealing the intention into the mala. My mala beads have 108 beads, without the 109th beads, or guru bead. This is because, before the meditation practice, the wearer usually makes an intention for the breath, then seals it into the 109th bead. I believe that the wearer should instead seal the intention into their heart, into their light, so that no matter where they are, their intention goes with them, not the mala.