Quartz crystal (sphatika) is a beautiful and sacred crystal that emanates a transformative vibration of peace, purity and spiritual elevation. In the presence of quartz crystal, old pains are lifted away, concentration and meditation are enhanced, and you begin to awaken to higher states of divine consciousness. Whether held in the hand or worn next to the skin, quartz crystal cleanses, heals and gently all seven chakras. Just as a clear crystal reflects every color of the rainbow, quartz crystal attracts and transmits every type of divine energy into your chakras, giving each chakra exactly what it needs to blossom fully. Quartz crystal also attracts the beneficial energy of Venus for love, serenity, and true harmony. 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 quartz crystal mala will help you to release all negativity and attract all positive and auspicious energies. Your spiritual qualities will flower beautifully, your meditation will deepen, and your awareness of the Divine will expand. The more mantras and prayers you recite with this radiant quartz crystal mala, the more divine energy you will attract into your life for peace, truth and loving compassion. For more information on the use and care of japa malas, please see The Spiritual Significance of Malas and Murtis.