Monday, December 14, 2015

Meditation on Beads Common to Religions

Most religions have their own prayer beads or rosary. A rosary consists of pearls or beads linked together by a thread.
  1. Christians use a string of beads containing five sets with ten small beads. Each set of ten is separated by another bead. 
  2. The Hindu and Buddhist rosary has 108 beads [108 beads in total + the head bead].and 
  3. The Muslim rosary 99 beads .
Prayers and specific meditations of each religion are different and there are theological reasons for the number of beads. Rosaries may come in different colors, sizes and designs but the central purpose, which is to pray repetitively and to meditate is same across all religions that use them to repeat divine names.