Rudraksha are very rare and precious. Spiritually they have been
worn and used for puja and meditation, by Hindus and Buddhists,
for many centuries. They are considered to be very holy and healing
in their effect on the owner or wearer. Forming naturally from
the rudraksha tree, they grow in the wild, and also in sustainable
plantations. They are found in the Himalayas in India and Nepal,
Malaysia, and Southeast Asia.
The name rudraksha stems
from Hindu mythology and means “the eyes of Shiva”.
It is widely believed that the god meditated on the welfare of
mankind. He emerged crying tears of compassion. The tears upon
hitting the earth crystallized to form these trees.
Scientifically the bead contains
carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. Botanically it is known
as elaeocarpus ganitrus roxb.
Medicinally they are known to:
heal many of the mind, body ailments: they are cooling when worn
against the skin: reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure;
increase main clarity, memory & general awareness; Calms the
central nervous system; helps quiet the mind & free negative
thought; increases immunity, energy & stamina, with rejuvenating
The divine qualities of
this bead were first noted in ancient Hindu scriptures and have
been proclaimed down through the ages: they bless one with peace
of mind; protects against evil doers and spirits; protects the
wearer against an early or untimely accidental death; if wearing
the bead upon dying one would be released from the karmic cycle
of birth and death: blesses one with nirvana, moksha, peace and
Extensive scientific research
has been conducted over the years by leading scientists in universities
in India, and now also in the west. Their findings have proven
that rudraksha beads have certain electrical and magnetic properties,
and when worn against the skin, and especially over the heart,
act on our human neural network in a number of beneficial ways.
Put in terms, that may be easily understood; this may be likened
to how we feel in nature. We are positively affected in a physical
and metaphysical way: Firstly, by breathing larger than usual
amounts of pure oxygen and nitrogen from soil and trees, and the
increased negative ion levels. Secondly, by surrounding oneself
with the vibration of such pure living organisms.
When we wear rudraksha we
are literally carrying sacks of oxygen, carbon and hydrogen against
our bodies. Increasing negative ion levels and also we are soaking
up the vibration of pure living organisms. This in turn acting
on our central nervous system, including the release of chemicals
in our bodies responsible for uplifting mood, emotional response,
and calm mind. Many people for this reason alone have found freedom
from stress, depression and lethargy in the use of rudraksha.
Transcending science, it
has to be said that there is an unexplainable positive powerful
force manifested in rudaksha, to which there is no scientific
gauge. Buddha wore rudraksha beads, along with the Dalai Lama,
Gandhi, and many enlightened Indian yogis. Today rudraksha are
sought after in the east and west, by those who know the qualities
of these rare beads. Anyone can wear them and benefit, irrespective
of religion, caste, creed, color or sex. They are truly “the
gem of beads”.
Types of bead
The rudraksha bead varies in size from 3 mm to 40 mm. The smaller
beads being the rarest, the hardest found and grown, and therefore
they are more costly. The beads have a very long life, sometimes
known to last up to 8 generations. Most importantly each bead
has a number of facets or serration’s on the face, which
are called mukhis and or mukhas. The number of mukhis range from
one to twenty one and each different amount confers to a specific
meaning, attributes and related benefits.