Lapis lazuli is a beautiful and sacred crystal that emanates a transformative vibration of truth, purity and selflessness. In the presence of lapis, diseases are healed, relationships become harmonious, and you gain an unbreakable connection to truth, dharma and absolute purity. Whether held in the hand or worn next to the skin, lapis cleanses, heals and gently opens the throat chakra to foster clear and truthful communication, absolute purity of intention, and a most beautiful selflessness in all that you do. Lapis also shields you from the harmful energy of Saturn while helping you to benefit from Saturn's positive blessings, like strong discipline. Japa malas, or "prayer beads," consist of 108 beads held together by a sacred thread, along with a "guru" bead which is attached to the tassel. The beads represent your individual mantras or prayers, the thread represents your unbroken state of concentration, and the guru bead reminds you of the divine grace that gently removes all your blockages and limitations as you strive to move forward on the spiritual path. This mala also features a beautiful carved Ganesha as a pendant. Sri Ganesha is like a loving and wise elder brother, who's always there to give excellent advice and help you deal with the obstacles in your path. Though he has great mystic power, those who are able to tune into the special vibration of Sri Ganesha find that he can be very sweet, adorable and playful. Although this mala has 108 beads and can be used for mantra japa, you may prefer to wear it around the neck as a sacred necklace. The gemstone beads will attract cosmic energy and transmit that energy into your body and aura. The 108 beads in the mala will purify and energize the 108 main energy centers in the subtle body, filling them with divine nectar and helping you to achieve a refined and elevated state. Wearing a mala during any sacred activity, like a puja, homa or meditation, will allow you to attract and retain the divine vibrations of that activity to a very high degree. Whether used for japa or worn as a sacred necklace, this lapis mala will help you to reveal your authentic spiritual self, and will give your words the quiet power of truth that will win you the respect of others. The more mantras and prayers you recite with this lovely lapis mala, the more divine energy you will attract into your life for peace, purity and spiritual elevation. For more information on the use and care of japa malas, please see The Spiritual Significance of Malas and Murtis.