I am wondering if the materials of one's mala will affect the chanting practice.
I know that Tulsi is often recommended. Will the energy of the Tulsi help with one's chanting?
Also I am wondering about an old mala which I used in the 1990s, which I really love and have a lot of sentiment attached to it. A couple of the wooden beads cracked and fell off. So there are two spaces with no bead, when I use the mala I have just been chanting the mantra for that space as if there was a bead. What is the best thing to do with a mala when it is worn out like that? I know I should probably start using a new mala that is fully intact. Is it acceptable to hang up the old one where I can see it and it will remind me of Krishna?