Kaji: thank you, would it be a good idea to make a beaded string of 108 beads? I looked up defliements and found this resource: http://www.virtuescience.com/defilements.html
and really? About the migraines that is interesting
As a side note, I spoke to my patron god during my afternoon meditation today and he is happy that I have trusted my instincts.
Yes, I think it's a great idea to make your own beaded string. Whilst not the most authoritative source of information, this Wikipedia I have just found gives some pretty useful information on beaded string (mala): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_prayer_beads
I have learned that in Buddhism a mala is considered a Dharma item, or a holy item if you like, and not just a counting tool. You have to take care of a mala by e.g. not bringing it into the toilet, taking it off whenever you are about to do things that will get your hands dirty and before going to bed, placing it in a clean place (preferably a Buddhist altar) when not using or wearing it, etc.
With treating migraine I will only list a few methods, ones that I'm familiar with. The list goes on and on. What I suggest to you is to pick one that you feel you have most affinity with, and stick with it.
- Reciting the name of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva "Nama Aarya Avaloki'te-swaraaya Bodhisattwaaya".
- Reciting the name of the Medicine Buddha "Namo bhais!ajya-guru-vaid!uurya-prabha-raajaaya tathaagataaya" or his mantra
- Use the mantra "Om! Man!i Padme Huum!" - The vibration in your head when you pronounce "Om!" is particularly good for helping against head-related diseases such as headaches.
- Use the Cundi mantra.
- Various dharani, such as the Great Compassionate Dharani and the Casket Seal Dharani, but they are usually longer and not the easiest to learn and memorise.
(Above I used the exclamation mark "!" to show that the letter before it should be pronounced with a retracted tongue.)
While you use one of the above methods (or another one), you can also do ALL of the below things:
- Refrain from killing all forms of life, including animals even insects. Better still, take the Five Precepts and exercise compassion in everyday life.
- Help other sick people and donate medicine to them.
- Save lives - one way is to buy captured animals that are about to be slaughtered and release them back to their natural habitat. There are Buddhist procedures/rituals to do this.
- Repent your past wrongdoings, including very importantly those you did in your previous lives, regretting your sins and making a commitment to not commit them again.
- With all the above good deeds, including chanting mantra and names of Buddha/Bodhisattva, you will develop good karma. Don't just keep it all to yourself. Share and give the good karma to others - especially your karmic debtors, asking for their forgiveness.