Rudraksha Mala Beads have been worn by Sages and Yogis since ancient times, Rudraksha is known for its profound spiritual signifigance and healing properties.
The mystisicm behind this sacred seed. Rudra-Aksha (Shiva's-Tears)
According to the legend, Lord Shiva once went in to deep meditation for the well being of all living being and after the prolonged meditation, when he woke up tears rolled down from his eyes and fell on the earth. As a result formed the rudraksha seed, which later became the “Rudraksha” tree. It is also believed that the seed of Rudraksha holds the secrets of the entire fruition of the universe within.
Another interpretation, "Rudra" was the mightiest of mighty, he became so powerful that all the gods called upon Lord Shiva to stop Rudra. Legend goes that if you killed rudra once he would reappear as two and this would happen every new body. at one point Rudra became 1 million bodies, so the gods begged to Shiva to destroy him. Shiva decided to help and began to fight a 1,000 year battle ensued. After years of fighting Rudra surrendered to Shiva ( lord of destrustion). In tears of bliss, Lord Shiva accepted his surrender and told the demi-gods that Rudra would also be refered as Shiva. Moral of story, if we fight with the universe the universe will always win, until we surrender to the ultimate destruction we are bound to face, then we will be one with the universe.
Rudraksha has great benefit to the user, however, if worn incorrectly it can bring situation that may test morals and standards. Rudraksha main purpose is to exponentially take the soul in a spiritual path, It will highten awareness and spiritual process.
Usually the beads are strung together as a mala. Traditionally, they believe the number of beads is 108 plus one. The extra bead is the bindu. There must always be a bindu to the mala, otherwise the energy becomes cyclical and people who are sensitive may become dizzy. An adult should not wear a mala with less than 84 beads plus the bindu. Any number over that is fine.
For someone who is constantly on the move and who eats and sleeps in various places, rudraksha is a very good support because it creates a cocoon of your own energy. You might have noticed that when you go to a new place, sometimes you can fall asleep easily, whereas in certain other places you cannot fall asleep even if you are physically tired. This is because, if the situation around you is not conducive to your kind of energy, it will not let you settle down. For sadhus and sanyasis, places and situations could trouble them because they were constantly moving. One of the rules for them was never to put their head down in the same place twice. Today, once again, people have started eating and sleeping in different places because of their business or profession, so a rudraksha can be helpful.
It is also a kind of shield against negative energies. It is possible for some people to use negative energies to cause harm to someone else. This is a whole science by itself. One Veda, the Atharvana Veda, is all about how to use energies to your advantage and to someone else’s detriment. If somebody who has mastery over this wants to use it, so many things – extreme suffering and even death can be caused.
A rudraksha is a kind of shield against this. You may think nobody will do negative things to you, but it is not necessary that it should be targeted at you. Let us say somebody did it to the person sitting next you, but he is not receptive to it. Now you may get it because you are sitting next to him. It is just like when two people are shooting at each other on the street, they do not intend to shoot you, but you may get shot. Similarly these things also can happen. It is not intended for you, but it can happen if you are in the wrong place at the wrong moment. There need not be a huge fear about such things, but a mala is a kind of protection from that.
Rudraksha Malas (Prayer Beads)
Upon Recieving your Rudraksha, There are a few steps to-do before using it.
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. Wash it with water and wipe the beads with a clean cloth. Do not wash them with soap or any cleaning material. Due to this conditioning, the color of the Rudraksha may be altered and it is perfectly normal as these are natural beads. It is also normal that some color of the thread may also come out during the conditioning. Conditioning should be done every six months as explained below.
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 a clean cloth. Do not wash them with soap or any cleaning material.
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 soaps and warm water, it becomes brittle and will crack after sometime, so it is best to avoid wearing it at such times.