Rudraksha, the most celebrated esoteric accessory of spiritual seekers has been used extensively since time immemorial. Botanically known as Elaecarpus Ganitrus Roxb, Rudraksha are the dried seeds of a tree, which grows in select locations of South East Asia, predominantly in the upper Himalayan mountain range of the Indian subcontinent bordering Nepal. A few Rudraksha trees have also been sighted in parts of the Velliangiri Mountains, in the Western Ghats.
The word Rudraksha literally means “tears of Shiva”. There are many legends in Indian scriptures and mythology that describe the divine origin of the Rudraksha 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 holy Rudraksha tree. Rudraksha beads were Shiva’s gift to the world.
Benefits of Rudraksha
Rudraksha's curative properties have been utilized worldwide for a number of physical, mental and psychosomatic illnesses. They are very supportive for maintaining physical and mental balance. They aid in creating an atmosphere conducive for a restful sleep in unfamiliar environments.
For spiritual seekers, Rudraksha plays a supportive role in enhancing one’s spiritual growth. Some of the esoteric benefits ascribed to Rudraksha include enhancement of intuition, infusion of tranquility of the mind, assistance in meditation, purification of the aura, cleansing of the seven chakras, formation of a protective sheath around a person, providing protection against injury or negative and distorted energies, and development of dispassion and detachment.
Who can wear a Rudraksha?
Anyone, irrespective of gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical, or religious background can wear Rudraksha. Rudraksha can be worn by children, students, the elderly, ill etc. for special benefits. They are intended for persons at any stage in life irrespective of mental and/or physical condition.
To condition new Rudraksha 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.
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