Garlands of Devotion-Part 1
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf
a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it. BG 9.26
Making the garland…
When you are making larger malas, it is best to make two sides separately,
as the longer the thread, the easier it is to get tangles.
I am holding one side, and will make the other side in the video.
Comparing the mala to the deity to make sure that it is long enough to cover the area you want to adorn.
As you go along, you need to check your work to make sure you are matching the other side of the mala.
These flowers have been stitched from a sidewise angle going through
the side of the petals rather than from the bottom of the flower up.
Here, to change the look the flower creates in the mala, a rose, is pierced from the bottom up.
The other side of the mala is slowly taking shape,
with a pattern matching the one for the other side which has already been stitched.
Before you finish the mala, you need to check each side against the other to see
that you have matched the look for a beautiful mala on each side.
When I make a mala with two sides, I always tie the bottom pieces together first.
Otherwise, there is a great risk that the weight of the flowers will cause some of them to drop down the thread and right off the mala!!!
To view the videos:
Garlands of Devotion-Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mq4LqKo9MI
Garlands of Devotion-Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAZmBVDTpGM