Mala FAQs & Care Tips
- Keep your mala in a safe place, and if possible, in the same place, when not in use or being worn. Keeping it near a Murti photograph or other point of contact with Beloved Adi Da is best.
- When traveling, keep it in a cloth bag, separate from other articles.
- Oil your mala with sandalwood oil a few times a year. If you live in a particularly dry climate, you may need to do this more often. However, don't over-oil as the excess oil will attract dirt into the beads, and they will break down more quickly.
- Hand polish the mala accessories when tarnished. (Polishing cloths are available from
- When physically active, wear your mala under your clothing to protect it. Also, wear your mala under clothing when in the public, outside the community of devotees.
- Your mala holds and conducts the energy of your personal devotional relationship to Beloved
Adi Da and His Blessing, so be mindful not to touch other's malas, unless absolutely necessary.
- Have the Murti photograph in your pendant or locket updated yearly, as you would the Murti in your Communion Hall. Sacred Fires offers a full range of mala services.
What Murti options are there for the Murti Pendants?
• Sacred Fires offers six options: view photo options.
How do I change the Murti photo in my Murti pendant?
For standard round rim Murti pendant:
- pry out your the old Murti photo with a heavy needle
- use the photo that you have taken out of the pendant as a template for your new photo and with the needle inscribe a mark around the photo
- with sharp scissors, cut the inscribed circle as close as possible to the mark on the photograph
- place a small dab of white glue to the felt pad that is inside the pendant space (this prevents the photo from rotating over time)
- slightly bow the top of the photo to slip under the edge of the rim at top of the pendant
- once this initial end is under the rim, move it up as far as it will go under the rim, photo will then slide under bottom part of rim
- adjust photo to the engraving on the rim so that it is aligned, before the dab of glue dries
- following the same procedure, cut and insert plastic covering over photo
How do I change the Prasad inside my amulet?
For round amulets:
- with small screwdriver (eyeglass kit type) turn screw at top of amulet counter clock wise until rim pulls apart
- pull silver rim apart and remove crystal and silver disc
- fold orange cloth and place between crystal and silver disc
- look at this sideways before reinstalling into rim to be sure that the two pieces meet flush. The orange cloth may need to be cut down to fit
- holding silver disc and crystal together, place into rim and re-insert screw turning clockwise to close (be sure that you have entered the screw into the short side of the rim and not the side that the ring is on)
- if this is the orange cloth Prasad attach nine beads up from the master bead on the right side as the mala is worn
For cylinder amulets:
- open small ring on spring ring clasp with tweezers or needle nose pliers
- remove spring ring from tab of amulet
- slide top cap over tab and off of amulet (do not twist cap)
- roll orange cloth around toothpick
- slide toothpick out and insert cloth around silver stem and into acrylic tube
- fit cap back on tubing and re-attach spring ring by closing small ring with tweezer or needle nose pliers
- if using this for orange cloth Prasad attach to mala nine beads up from master bead on the right side as the mala is worn