The mala with 108 beads is used for reciting or singing mantras. The number 108 is the ideal number for all purposes. It is important that our thoughts are pure while reciting or singing the mantra. Mantra is the practical use of secret forces that help us move forward. Mantra is a collection of letters from the alphabet. The effect is achieved by the repetition of the mantra; this becomes deeper as people recite longer. Of essential importance is the sound that is produced when reciting. This sound produces and creates a unique spiritual impression in the person reciting. It is said that a mantra is like a human being; one has to go through different stages before the real effect is achieved: 'purification of mental impressions'. There are several mantras that have their potential power in themselves; these mantras may only be transferred from Master to initiate. These are the so-called 'Siddha Mantra'