Stone beads are used to combine the powers of the stones with the meditation. The cord running through the beads symbolizes the thread of Life. Each mala has been made from small natural stone beads which are extremely difficult to make, each mala therefore is a work of art in itself and should be treated with care and respect. A mala is the most ancient form of a rosary, used to count the repetitions of a mantra, a prayer, as the spiritual self is trained. Each Japamala should only be used for repetitions of one particular mantra. SYMBOL: Lava is known for its grounding qualities, it's wonderful for calming the emotions, for stabilizing and grounding the root chakra.