Red wood has a subtle glow in sunlight. Used as a talisman by natives in south- east Asia to protect from negative energies and instill confidence and courage. If you’re going to do a lot of mantras, counting on a mala, then this might be one you want to use. You have to be a little more careful with crystal and gem malas.
The mala is a rosary in the Buddhist tradition. It has 108 beads made of seed, wood, gems or crystals. It is used to recite mantras and to count the repetitions to a particular deity. The more you go around the mala, the more effective are the mantras. When used to intone the recitation, the right hand holds the beads. At rest, it is usually worn as a bracelet around the left wrist.
Many malas have spacers, a metal ring or colored bead, to let the practitioner know where he is in the count. Some like to use a mala counter, at the 36th bead or every 27th bead. They hang down, have ten rings, with a dorje and a bell on the end.