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What is Rudraksha - About Rudraksha

Author: Bala Mishra | Last Updated: Sat 20 Aug 2011 1:52:01 PM


By Bala Mishra

The word Rudraksh as per Hindu mythology has its etymological beginnings in the two Sanskrit words "Rudra" and "Aksha" meaning Lord Shiva and Teardrops respectively. According to a Legend in “Shiv Purana” ", Lord Shiva once went into deep meditation for the well being of all living creatures. When he woke up, he opened his eyes and tear drops fell on the Earth. These tear drops took the form of seeds that later on became the Rudraksha tree. The dry seed-capsules from the Rudraksha tree form the rudraksha beads, which has a lot of religious significance and healing properties.

Religious Significance of Rudraksha

Lord Shiva is depicted wearing rosaries of Rudraksha beads on his head, arms and hands. From here stemmed the religious and spiritual significance of Rudraksha. The seed of Rudraksha is believed to contain the secrets of the entire evolution of the cosmos within it. Followers of Sanatana Dharma, the sages and yogis of the Himalayas, have for centuries worn Rudraksha in their quest for for a fearless life a path to spiritual Enlightenment and Liberation.

Medical Significance of Rudraksha

Rudraksha beads, botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb, are the seeds of the fruit from Rudraksha trees. Rudraksha trees are found mainly in Indonesia, Nepal, and India.

Religion meets Science: Since time immemorial Rudraksha beads have been worn by Asian Yogis and Monks because the beads are believed to interact with the body and mind to foster the tranquility and concentration necessary for control over mind during extended periods of meditation. Modern medical research has proven that Rudraksha beads have electro-magnetic properties that have a beneficial influence on the Cardiovascular and Central Nervous Systems. They help reduce stress which is a predominant problem in todays world.

Rudraksha – Planetary and Cosmic Powers?

Rudraksha is often believed to symbolize the link between earth and heaven; it is believed that individuals who wear rudraksha are like Shiva Himsef, Rudra Himself. Whatever he drinks then is what Rudra drinks .The food one eats is equivalent to the food taken by the deties. The food he eats is equivalent to the food partaken by the deities. All sins committed by such an individual are alleviated. One who feels any shame in wearing this divine bead can never be free from the cycle of birth and death even after taking a million births. One who criticizes a Rudraksha wearer is a sinner. No pleasure is greater in the world then wearing a Rudraksha. One who wears the bead is a divine being and all his sins get destroyed

Rudraksha - Types and Their Cosmic Effect

Each Rudraksha has a ruling planet and a special astrological effect. Among the several varieties mentioned 21 are most conspicuous, the rarest is the one faceted or one - mouthed (the one with a single cleft) Rudrasksha. Usually encased in gold and carefully preserved as a family relic by many, it indicates continued well – being and prosperity for the possessor.

While the two - mouthed ones are supposed to have magical, mystic & Hypnotic powers - The powers of being able to influence others, the three mouth ones are said to bring good luck. Wear the four - mouthed one and be an object of desire for the opposite sex. But one more cleft and you will achieve salvation!

The six faceted brings success in business and an absolution of most sins; the seven faceted makes one immune to attack by any weapon. Wear the eight faceted and try your luck of the draw for it is supposed to bring good fortune in ventures of chance - improving powers of speculation.

Want to be the wittiest person around? Wear the 8 faceted – it will subdue your enemies in any war of words - enhanced and powerful communication skills. Wear it if you are a lawyer for it will win you court battles. Spare yourself (and your husband if you happen to be a married woman) from the evils of the world by wearing the ten - faceted. It will safeguard your security and that of your partner’s the list is endless. Rudrakshas are available in different colors white, red yellow and black. Wearing it is considered to be auspicious during lunar and solar eclipses, or on full or new moon days.

You will normally experience positive changes within 45 days of wearing a Rudraksha mala on a daily basis. In 90 days you will feel healthier and more peaceful. From then onwards, your body will experience ongoing cosmic benefits as the Rudraksha beads helping you maintain equilibrium and neutralize the negative effects of stress.

Rudraksha Authenticity test?

Boil the rudraksh in water for continous 6 hours, whether it is real rudraksha there wouldn't be any effect on the rudraksh bead, else if it is synthetic or two rudrakshs are joined together artificially (in case of Gauri shanker bead), they may get seprate 3 Rudraksh should not be confused with the shape and size. One should fastidiously examine that Rudraksha bead have nicely defined, corns and contours are natural, there aren't any cracks close to the central hole and the bead has a great health. Smaller measurement can also be considered to be very auspicious.4. Rudraksh Bead shall not be broken from any end.

Rudraksha – Do’s and Don’ts

The mystical power of rudraksha comes with a set of does and don’t like, you shall not exchange the rudraksh mala with anyone. Rudraksh shall be worn in a metal be it silver or Gold or copper or Punchdhatu. It has electrical and magnetic components which enhances when worn with metallic... All Rudraksh beads have the same power; one cannot show that one rudraksh is inferior to other. One can put on the mala of fifty four, 108 beads with totally different Mukhis in consonance with their requirement or start chart.. Rudraksh by no means give adverse energies subsequently they do not have ailing effects. One can wear Rudraksh in a pendant form in Gold, Silver of Thread. Rudraksh shall be kept properly cleaned and oiled.Rudraksh might be stored in ones house or Puja Room to get optimistic energy movement of their house.

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