An Introductory to Rudraksha
In the realm of spiritual exploration and holistic well being, few natural treasures hold the mystique and reverence of the Rudraksha bead. These ancient seeds have captivated the hearts and minds of seekers for centuries. With their unique appearance, potent symbolism, and purported spiritual significance. Rudraksha beads have become a bridge between the earthly and the divine within.
If you’ve found your way to this blog in search of insights into Rudraksha, you’ve landed in the perfect spot. With a rich history of crafting Rudraksha Malas and other Rudraksha jewellery dating back to 2000, our journey has gifted us with knowledge and experiences that we are eager to share with everyone.
What Is Rudraksha?
It’s a plant that bears fruits. Elaeocarpus is the scientific family name of the tree. Elaeocarpus is a combination of two Greek words, Elaei which means – Wild olive, Carpus – fruit. These trees can grow up to 25 metres tall, with small round fruit and delicate flowers. It is important to highlight that the genus Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb, which are found mainly in Nepal, Malaysia and Indonesia are the Rudraksha beads used in the making of malas and other jewellery.
The Science of Rudraksha
The story about Rudraksha holds close association with Lord Shiva - one of the three main Hindu gods - because legend says that the first Rudraksha tree grew from the tears of Shiva, hence the name. Rudra = Shiva, Aksha = eyes.
So it’s natural if it comes as a surprise that this botanical wonder has other significance beyond its role in Hindu mythology. The leaves of the Rudraksha plant possess natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them invaluable for wound healing and potential alleviation of conditions such as epilepsy, migraines and headaches. The work carried out by University of Mumbai from the year 2005 onwards has found the bead is useful in cases of diabetes, cardiac ailments, inflammation and for memory enhancement. Rudraksha contains indolizidine alkaloids which is reported as a promising constituent for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Research paper from The Benaras Hindu University - although preliminary - also brings some interesting points about the electromagnetic properties of Rudraksha when worn or held between fingers.
The Face of Rudraksha
Rudraksha seeds have a textured surface and if you look closer you can see a different compartment alongside its facade. This is what we call Mukhi and they vary from Ek Mukhi to 21 Mukhi as well as rare shaped Rudraksha such as Gauri Shankar, Ganesh Mukhi, Savar and Trimurti. Each Mukhi confers specific benefits, read along to see the properties.
It bestows both worldly comforts and spiritual fulfillments on the wearer. Rarely found and comes with a high price tag.
It fosters unity and harmony.
This bead represents the fir god and aids a person suffering from depression.
It is effective in improving concentration and memory as well as expanding their vision.
It blesses the wearer with peace of mind. All malas worn around the neck as well as Japa malas are made of five Mukhi.
It helps with nervousness. A sure motivator.
This mukhi is not to be worn but kept in a cash box. Helps to overcome financial setbacks
It is useful for those who face many hurdles in life.
It helps individuals who tend to feel sluggish and lethargic to become more productive or dynamic.
Helps to keep danger away
A life saver Mukhi, It gives good health.
It showers prosperity and protects the status of the wearer.
It blesses the wearer with worldly comforts and enhances supernatural powers.
This bead is to be worn on the forehead. Activates the third eye of the wearer and makes them intuitive
Fifteen Mukhi to Twenty One Mukhi
They should be kept at the altar for health, peace, and prosperity to the family.
Good to increase the quality of meditation. Attract divine blessings and positive energies. Help in the healing of emotional wounds and traumas.
How To Care for Rudraksha
With prolonged daily wear, Rudraksha beads gradually darken in colour as they absorb body oils, which is a desired outcome. If you frequently wear your Rudraksha while swimming in chlorinated pools or the ocean, you may notice that the beads appear dry. You can apply a small amount of almond or jojoba oil to the beads once in a while to help preserve their durability and shine.
It is safe to say that Rudraksha is a true bio - jewellery. More than that, they are sacred seeds that carry spiritual legacy. Through the ages, they have whispered tales of healing, enlightenment and devotion. As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, the timeless wisdom of Rudraksha continues to guide us towards inner peace and growth. Whether you seek their spiritual energies or simply appreciate their natural beauty, Rudraksha beads remain a source of inspiration and connection. May they bring you the blessings and insights you seek on your unique journey.
Additional Sources :
The Power of Rudraksha - Kamal Narayan Seetha