Rudraksha

 

Rudraksh, the most celebrated esoteric accessory  of spiritual seekers has been used extensively since time immemorial. Botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb, rudraksh are the dried seeds of a tree, which grows in select locations of Southeast Asia, predominantly in the upper Himalayan mountain range of the Indian subcontinent. A few rudraksh trees have also been sighted in parts of the Velliangriri Mountains, in the Western Ghats. The word “rudraksh” literary means “tears of Shiva.” There are many legends in Indian scriptures and mythology that describe the divine origin of the rudraksh tree. According to one legend, Shiva sat in meditation for many millennia with his eyes closed. Upon opening his eyes, he shed tears of ecstasy, which fell to the Earth and became the sacred rudraksh tree. Rudraksh beads were Shiva’s gift to the world.

Conditioning of Rudraksh

To condition new rudraksh beads, immerse them in ghee (clarified butter) for 24 hours and then soak them in full fat milk for an additional 24 hours. Wipe the beads with a clean cloth, but do not wash them with soap. Conditioning should take place every six months.

Proper Care of Rudraksh

Rudraksh can be worn at all times, including during sleep and while doing one’s spiritual practices. Rudraksh may be worn during bathing times. However, care must be taken that the rudraksh do not come in contact with hot water or soap. Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal, therefore it is advisable not to place them in metal containers. However, rudraksh can be cast in gold or silver if one chooses to do so. Extreme care should be taken when fashioning rudraksh in this manner, as damage may occur through improper handling. The energies of broken, cracked, damaged and defective rudraksh beads are distorted and should not be worn.

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Rudraksha
What is a Rudraksha?
Rudraksha (also called as Rudraksh) are dried seeds of a tree, which grows in select locations of South East Asia, botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus. It is also called “Tears of Shiva” and there are many legends connected to Lord Shiva that describe...
What are the benefits of wearing a Rudraksha?
Rudrakshas (also called as Rudraksh) are very supportive in maintaining physical and mental balance. For spiritual seekers, it supports to enhance one’s spiritual growth. It’s curative properties have been utilized worldwide for a number of physical, ...
Who can wear Rudraksha?
Anyone, irrespective of gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical or religious background can wear Rudraksha. They are intended for persons at any stage in life irrespective of mental and physical condition. It can be worn by children, students, the elderly...
How to choose the bead size of a Panchamukhi Mala (varies between 5 mm to 8 mm)?
They are of the same quality; it is just that it's a question of convenience. The smaller ones cost more simply because the rudraksha is not plucked from a tree, they wait for it to fall down, fully ripe and fall down. So, it is much harder to pick up...
How often should I condition my Rudraksha?
Conditioning of Rudrakshas should be done every six months. To condition Rudraksha mala or beads, immerse them in ghee (clarified butter) for 24 hours and then soak them in full-fat milk for an additional 24 hours. Wash it water and wipe the beads with...
When can I wear Rudraksha Mala?
The mala can be worn all the time. You can even wear it when you sleep or shower. If you take cold water baths and are not using any chemical soap, it is especially good for the water to flow over it and upon your body. But if you are using chemical ...
Do Rudraksha always have 108 beads?
No. Traditionally, the number of beads is 108 plus one, the bindu. It’s recommended that an adult should not wear a mala with less than 84 beads, plus the bindu - but any number over that is fine! Depending on the size of the Rudraksha seeds, the mala...
Are the smallest Rudraksha seeds more spiritual by nature?
All Panchamukhi Rudraksha have the same quality, impact, and benefits regardless of the size. You can choose any of the seven sizes depending on your preference. The smaller beads are rare to find hence the difference in the price.
Can I share my Rudraksha with someone else?
No, you should not share your Rudraksha with anyone else, since the Rudraksha adapts to the wearer.
How should I store my Rudraksha if I take it off during Hatha Yoga practices?
It’s best to store Rudraksha in a silk cloth or in a copper vessel. Remember, copper can oxidize milk products so you should not use a copper vessel while conditioning the Rudraksha.
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Is it necessary to wear the Bhairavi Raksha at all times?
It is best to wear the Bhairavi Raksha at all times. If you are unable to do that, it is necessary to have it on for a minimum of 3-4 hours a day.
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