As we think and talk about Rudraksha a picture of bead or seed structure comes in mind. Basically it is not a bead, but it has sacred and spiritual values. This is a most powerful bead forever. Rudraksha bead has created attention and interest worldwide because of its mystical properties.
- Rudraksha Beads are not only auspicious and powerful but as per Ayurveda & Astrology it is beneficial for health. Rudraksha can have positive effect on heart & brain. It relieves you from blood pressure, stress, depression, lack of concentration, palpitation, anxiety.
- Also known for its anti-ageing effects because of its electromagnetic properties and inductive properties.
The word rudraksha in Sanskrit means Rudra Eye & in Sanskrit the word Rudraksham means Rudraksha fruit and Rudraksha tree.
Rudraksha is union of two words Rudra-Aksha. Rudra is lord shiva and Aksha means eyes. Rudraksha means Tears(Ashrus) of lord Shiva. We get detailed knowledge about rudraksha in number of Puranas like Padma Purana, Shiv Purana, Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam, Rudraksha Jabalo Upnishad, Mantra Maharanava.
Origin of Rudraksha
According to Shiv Purana, once Parvati, the divine Shakti of lord Shiva asked him about the origin of Rudraksha. On hearing this question Shiva said that he meditated for a thousand years keeping his eyes closed, after waking from the state of meditation Shiva opened his eyes, a few drops of tears fell on the ground, it took the form of the seeds, from these seeds the Rudraksha tree came into existence. Another ancient story explains the origin of Rudraksha that once lord Shiva was very upset and angry because of the death of mother “Gauri”, his wife, lord Shiva started crying and roaming here and there in search of “ Gauri”, while searching he was crying and his tears were falling on the earth. These tears took the form of Rudraksha and grew into Rudraksha trees.
There are so many different conceptions in Puranas and other Puranic scriptures about Rudrakshas but one thing is upheld in all.
││ DIVYA VARSHA SAHASRAM TU CHAKSHURUN MEELIT MAYA,
PASCHANMAAKULAKSHIBHYAH PATITA JAL BINDAVAH ││
TATRASHRUBINDTO JAATA MAHARUDRAKSH VRIKSHAH
MAM AAGYAAYAA MAHASEN SARVESHAM HITKAMAYAYAA
Shiva says: for one thousand divine years during meditation I kept my eyes closed and when I opened my eyes, tear drops fell from my eyes which gave birth to the tree of Maharudraksham for the benefit of all on my command.
Types of Rudrakshas
Rudrakshas are found in different types ,on examination, we may find that no two Rudraksha are identical in structure and shape, to understand its properties and effects. Rudraksha are differentiated into 1 to 21 MUKHI. A mukh or facet or linga is a groove which runs from one end to another end of Rudraksha. From top portion where lines originates is called Brahma. The top portion is connected with the tree. The middle portion having the largest diameter of Rudrakshas is called Vishnu and the bottom portion where facets ends is called Shiva.
On the basis of facets(Mukhi) Rudraksha are classified into 1 to 21 Mukhis. Higher mukhis upto 27 mukhi are also found in other countries like Nepal, India and Himalayas.
There are other Rudraksha like “Gauri Shanker” (Two beads naturally joined in one fruit on the tree)
- Trijuti(three beads joined naturally on the tree)
- Ganesha(A rudraksha having trunk like protrusion on the body)
- Occasionally it has two trunk like protrusions it is known as double Ganesha.
- Sawar( A Gauri Shanker Rudraksha in which one Rudraksha has only one facet with natural hole in both Rudrakshas).
The auspicious and effective Rudrakshas are ones which are larger in size i.e. 15 mm and above having natural hole. The surface of Rudraksha bead should not be over thorny and should have good hardness.
In nature about 70% of all Rudraksha are five Mukhi, about 20% are of four and six Mukhis, about 10% of Rudraksha are one, two and three or higher seven, eight and nine mukhis and upwards upto 14mukhi. Rudraksha which are 15 mukhi and above are rare and few beads are found from nature in entire year. One or two beads of 20, 21 mukhi and trijutis occur in nature each year. Gauri Shanker Rudraksha is also a rare variety the buyers of such rare varietiies should be extra careful in procuring them.
Botanical Representation of Rudraksha
According to “Shiv Purana” Rudraksha is the favorite tree of Lord Shiva. Presently it grew in Gangetic plains to foot hills of Himalayas in India. The trees of Rudraksha are mostly found in Java, Sumatra, Bali, Indonesia(timor), borneo and south asian parts of Nepal, Sri lanka, Tibet, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Australia(northern parts), Newzeland, Fiji, South china, Japan, Philippines, Hawai and New Calidonia.
Botanical Name: ELAEOCARPUS GANITRUS ROXB
TYPE: E. SERRATUS LINN, EGANITRUS, ROXB etc.
ELEOCARPUS: It is a greek word formed with the combination of Elaei and Carpus Elaei means wild olive and Carpus means wild fruit.
Hence the fruit or seeds of Wild olive tree is called Elaeocarpus.
The Rudraksha tree is large, broad leaved and evergreen tree found in tropical and sub tropical area at an altitude ranging from sea coast to 2200 meters above the sea levels. The tree grows throughout the year.
The rudraksha tree is about 15 to 30 meter long having a cylindrical trunk having a grayish white and rough bark. The diameter of trunk is 1 to 1.25 meter. Rudraksha trees can be cultivated where climate temperature ranges between 25-30○C.
Leaves: Rudraksha leaves are similar to mango tree leaves and its length is about 15-20 cms. Leaves are green and shining on the upper side and lower side is of leather color. In the beginning leaves are light green and turns to dark green at maturity and changes into yellowish red before turning coffee grey and falling. This leave cycle is perennial.
Flowers: Rudraksha flowers appears in bunches in the month of April-May. The flowers are white with fringed petals. Flowers exhibits mild aroma like Raat ki rani.
Fruits: Fruit of Rudraksha starts appearing in the month of June-July and ripen by September to November. The fruits of Rudraksha are green in colour and are globular in shape. The size is 2 to 5 cms in diameter. Its pulp is sour in taste and is eaten by the birds when it is green. On maturity. The colour of the fruit starts turning into blue( some times violet blue). At this time the tree looks magnificent. It is often called “ Blue Marble Tree”. On total maturity the colour of fruit becomes deep brown and finally into black.
The Rudraksha bead or seed is inside the fruit. The bead present inside is hard having hard and rough surface. The bead is having uneven grooves and a long cavity in the centre from the point where it is attached to the stem. The bead contains seeds inside and receives nourishment from the central cavity. Vertical clefts are attached from the central cavity. Each cleft has separate compartment having one internal seed. The joints of these cleft preludes outside the body of the seed. The joint is visible from outside. This joint is known as Facet Dhari. Linga or we call it Mukhi.
The Science and Scientific Research onRrudraksha.
In asian countries Rudraksha is known for various benefits like health, spirituality, fear or problem involving emotions and resolution of psychological issues Rudrakshas efficacy has been explained in Shiv Puran, Shrimad Devi Bhagwat and other Purans. All the type of sins including act of murder, eating prohibited items, bad deeds like cheating etc. are removed by wearing Rudraksha. It must be clarified that mere wearing of Rudraksha is not a license for one to commit any sinful deeds. Rudraksha has a great power to give strength and purity to ones inner feelings, so that, one tend not to repeat the mistake committed earlier. Rudraksha is also a useful medicinal herb specially for Cardiac problems, Blood Pressure, Mental disorder etc.
The benefits of Rudraksha are known from long ages in Asia. It is not only known but well written in ancient literature and shastras. In our country the popularity of Rudraksha is well known because of shastras and vedic literature. Since the popularity of Rudraksha is increasing scientific studies have been performed in recent years. To determine whether there is real significance in vedic literature.
Regarding the healing power of Rudraksha the research confirmed that the healing power of Rudraksha works scientifically.
Scientific research proved that Rudraksha bead consists of magnetic, electric inductive properties. Depending upon the polarity and intensity of the induced magnetic field, Rudraksha bead transmits electrical and inductive impulses with opposing polarity and intensity.
Our human body is a complex bioelectronics circuit comprised of the central nervous system and the organs and functions it regulates. Our blood flow has a powerful rejuvenating impact on this circuit and prevents stress related disorder caused by the excess energy( the damaging effects) on neurons and neurotransmitters. The beneficial functions of Rudraksha are by virtue of its electrical and magnetic properties.
Biomedical properties of Rudraksha
The beneficial powers of are by virtue of its electrical and magnetic properties.
Our human body consists of central nervous system autonomous sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and various other organ system, all are in combination known as complex bio-electronic circuit. Blood pumps constantly from the heart and flows to the brain and other body organ. With this flow of blood transmission of various impulses takes place. With these impulses continuous moment of neurons and nerve cells takes place in the brain which generates electrical impulses. This generation of impulses is termed as bio electricity. This flow of bio electricity facilitates movement of information from the brain to the various parts of body and back.
Whatever we feel, think, hear, taste, see and perceive all depends upon the flow of bio-electric current. This flow of bio electric current occurs due to existence of potential differences or different energy levels that exists between different parts of body.
As long as the flow of bio-electricity is smooth, the body function normally and we have the feeling of being in control. But there is the element to the body and the brain bio-electronics circuit interface that of the mind.
There are many activities that can produce stress or Mal adjustment that affects the electronic circuit of the body and mind out of gear. When there is the stress or maladjustment corresponding stress signal are sent to the central nervous system, there is an increased activity or abnormality of neurons and neuro transmitters. The magnitude of change will depend on the cost and specific case when such things occurs and it occurs continuously, stream line flow of electrical signals throughout the mind body interface is disrupted and makes us feel uncomfortable and we are not able to act with our full efficiency.our blood circulation becomes non ideal and we feel various illness.unfortunately this happens all the time.
Rudraksha beads act as a stabilizing anchor. When Rudraksha beads are placed over the heart they act to stabalise the heart beat. Similar to magnets, the beads works on the principle of dynamic polarity. Blood circulation and heart beat automatically induce a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region accordingly; a proportionate balancing force exerted on the heart to regulate it if it start beating above or below normal rates. This action helps to ensure ideal blood circulation in the body and stabilizes the heart beat.
Due to potential difference between the parts of the body there is the continuous and subtle flow of bio electrical impulses throughout the body.Rudraksha beads of particular mukhi or facets have a definitive factor of resistance.it is measured in ohms. When these beads resist the flow of bio-electrical impulses a specific ampere of current flow is generated depending on the factor of resistance. This acts in tandem with heartbeat, streamlining it and sending out specific impulses to the brain. These impulses stimulate certain positive brain chemicals. Making us feel better, more confidants, poised and more energetic. It has been observed that specific mukhis or facets of Rudraksha beads send out specific signals acting on a particular brain chemical and thereby by effecting specific positive changes in personality. It is well proven that the state of mind and our personality is governed almost completely by the brain, it’s functioning and that of central nervous systems.
Capitance or the dielectric properties
Rudraksha beads act as dielectric(i.e) as a storage of electrical energy. This property of Rudraksha makes it capable in stabilizing and anchoring the bio electric current. The values are measured in units of farad. This property is very helpful in controlling hyperactivity, palpitations of heart, streamlining heartbeat, etc. Due to stress when there is increased physical activity heart beats faster and the overall activity of hormones and nervous system increases. This causes increased energy levels or increase in potential difference. As a result of this the magnitude of the bio-electric current increases. Rudraksha beads acting as dielectric store this excess bio-electric energy, thereby streamlining the overall activity to normality
It is observed that Rudraksha beads are having permanent magnetic properties and sends out inductive vibrations with frequencies which are measured in units of Henry(Volt Seconds/ Ampere). This perhaps is the reason why people have felt better even when Rudraksha beads do not touch them physically.
We all are most probably aware of the beneficial healing properties of magnets. Magnetic healing has become extremely popular and everyone who have been using magnets for healing have been getting the benefits and found overall betterment and rejuvenation. Rudraksha beads also contain the properties of magnets. But it is unparalleled in one aspect, that of the ability to change its polarity or the property of dynamic polarity. Rudraksha beads have both para-magnetic and dia-magnetic property. It also has a most important property of dynamic polarity. The basic way of healing is based on the fact that when the passage of arteries and veins which carry blood from heart to all the parts of the body is blocked or reduced due to various reasons, various illnesses occurs. Blood carries oxygen and energy to various parts of the body and cleans it off waste materials. Any disruption of the smooth flow of blood circulation is bound to cause illnesses.
We experience pain and uneasiness due to improper blood circulation. Every cell in the blood as well as the arteries and veins are charged either positively or negatively. Magnets have the poles positive(+) and Negative(-).
When magnets are passed on various parts of the body the opposite poles of the magnets and that of cells get attracted and there is an expansion of the passage. The arteries and veins open up to facilitate streamlined blood circulation. When there is a streamlining of blood circulation most of the illnesses get automatically healed and we feel better and rejuvenated.
But with magnets the polarity is fixed. When magnets are brought near a particular part of the body it opens up only those sections of veins and arteries where there is a matching of polarities hence complete healing and streamlining of blood circulation cannot be ensured. We experience healing and feel better but we can still go much further dynamic polarity of Rudraksha beads.
Rudraksha has the ability to change its polarity-the property of Dynamic polarity. This in turn is by virtue of its property, dia-magnetism is termed as the ability of any material to acquire temporary magnetic property in presence of an external magnetic field. The polarity of the charge induced is opposite to that of the external field including the charge. Blood circulation and heart beat automatically induces a magnetic field around the body and particularly the heart region. Bio-electricity automatically gives raise to bio-magnetism depending on the polarity of the induced magnetic field. Rudraksha bead acquires a polarity that is opposite of the inducing field. As a result of this the opening up the passages of arteries and veins are far better than that of magnets. Much better healing and rejuvenation is experienced.
Various literature mention of powerful anti ageing properties of rudraksha beads. This is mainly because of the dynamic polarity of the Rudraksha a bead thus the healing powers of Rudraksha are far superior to that of magnets. In some sense Rudraksha beads can be termed to have some additional life or intelligence as against magnets.