Rudraksha beads are very rare and precious. They are actually seeds that grow on the inside of what looks like a blueberry. Spiritually they have been worn and used for meditation by Hindu’s and Buddhists for many centuries. They are considered to be very holy and healing in their effect on the wearer. The divine qualities of this bead were first noted in ancient Hindu scriptures. They bless one with peace of mind, protect against evil spirits and protect the wearer against an early or untimely death. It is believed if wearing the mala upon dying one is released from the karmic cycle of birth and death.
They are grown in the wild in sustainable plantations found in the Himalayas, Nepal, Malaysia and South East Asia.
The name rudraksha pronounced “Rud-ruck-sha” stems from Hindu mythology and means ‘the eye’s of Shiva.” It is widely believed that the god meditated on the welfare of mankind, and emerged crying tears of compassion. The tears upon hitting the earth crystallized to form these trees.
Medicinally they are know to heal mind and body ailments, reduce heart disease, lower blood pressure and increase energy and stamina. They are also believed to calm the central nervous system, quiet the mind, and free negative thoughts.
In addition all the mala’s are made to specific spiritual number: 108/72/54
108 is significant for many reasons. Some associate the possibility of enlightenment with only taking 108 breaths a day while in deep meditation, its also connected to the heart chakra, its said to have 108 energy lines leading to it, one of which is believed to be the path to self realization. There are also believed to be 108 forms of the God Shiva.
These beads are all drilled in the same direction that they grow on trees and are also strung in this same direction. This is important as its believed to keep the Prana ( energy) in each bead.
It has to be said that there is an unexplainable positive powerful force manifested in rudraksha to which there is no scientific gauge. Buddha wore rudraksha beads, along with the Dalai Lama, Gandhi and many enlightened Indian Yogi’s. Today rudraksha are sought after around the world. Everyone will benefit from wearing these sacred beads irrespective of religion.