Lord Shiva has a unique form. It’s depicted with beautifiers from nature. He has a snake wrapped around his neck and barracuda skin on his body. While a crescent moon adorns his head, the Ganga flows from his cinches. His whole body is covered with sacred ashes. He’s also shown wearing a rosary of globules or rather seeds belonging to the Rudraksha tree, which arouses great curiosity among the faithful.
What’s Rudraksha Tree?
Rudraksha tree is known as Elaeocarpus ganitrus. It’s a large evergreen tree that generally grows in tropical climates. This tree is set up substantially in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Gangetic plains and areas of Southeast Asia including Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Rudraksha seeds are also known as blueberry seeds because the external skin of the seed is blue when completely ripe. Lord Shiva is also frequently depicted in blue to represent perpetuity. This seed holds great significance among spiritual campaigners because of its association with Lord Shiva. It’s worshiped as an incarnation of the gashes that the Lord formerly exfoliate.
Why did Lord Shiva cry?
We soon find out that these were not gashes of sadness. But first let us see the meaning of the word Rudra. Rudra- He who makes us cry Rudra is another name of Lord Shiva in his dissolver aspect. The name Rudra has multiple meanings. Adi Shankara, in his commentary on the Vishnu Sahasranama, interprets the name Rudra as” one who makes all beings cry at the time of the dissolution of the macrocosm”.
Legend Rudraksha, gashes of Lord Shiva?
The story goes that formerly Lord Shiva was in penance for a long time, immersed in his joyful tone. When he eventually woke up, gashes were falling from his eyes to the ground. The gashes came a seed and grew into a tree that came to be known as the Rudraksha tree. The seeds of this tree have been endowed by Lord Shiva with special powers that can help us in our spiritual development. Rudraksha, the Raksha of Rudra, brings us raksha, protection and helps us face obstacles on our spiritual path. The Shiva Purana says that the wear and tear of the Rudraksha attains identity with Lord Shiva.
Scientific Significance of Rudraksha?
In the Vedas, Rudra is also associated with wind and storm. This wind isn’t an ordinary wind, but a cosmic wind.
Scientific studies have revealed that the entire macrocosm is percolated with multitudinous patches that are constantly moving and form the astral matter. This matter leads to the destruction and creation of new elysian bodies. It’s these patches that connect one object to another and keep the cycle of creation and recreation going. Winds caused by the movement of these patches are cosmic winds. These winds are veritably strong and emit a howling sound in space that can not be heard by the mortal observance.
Rudra as a deity in our Puranas is associated with this wailing sound as he goes on his destructive rage. This destruction can not be taken negatively but serves to regenerate. Rudra represents these cosmic winds, the universal energy that’s awful and veritably important and constantly sweeps through the macrocosm.
So what’s the connection between cosmic winds and Rudraksha?
It can also be said that Rudraksha is deduced from the words Rudra Akarshana where akarshana means to attract. Rudraksha is what attracts Rudra or cosmic patches to direct them in our body like an antenna. These powers attracted by the Rudraksha bring fresh vitality to our system, leading to health and harmony while removing negativity.
What benefits of wearing Rudraksha?
Research conducted that Rudraksha seeds contain subtle electromagnetic titles that affect our bodies.
So what are the benefits of wearing a Rudraksha mala?
Wearing a Rudraksha mala( rosary), which consists of 108 globules, has numerous benefits. Rudraksha Acts as a defensive guard for the body It radiates a special energy that has a positive effect on the body, mind, and soul Reduces negative air Improves attention Removes malefic planetary influences It brings peace and harmony It helps control stress and regulates blood pressure It balances the chakras and removes implicit conditions Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad The Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad is among the 108 minor upanishads and is associated with the Sama Veda. It’s in the form of a discussion between Lord Rudra and Sage Sanatkumar. This Upanishad has intriguing information about Rudraksha and specifically addresses about the bracket of Rudraksha.
How numerous types of Rudrakshas are there?
Types of Rudraksha and their significance
Rudraksha comes in different mukhis or faces, from 1 face to 21 faces. 1 to 14 of them are readily available. Each has its own meaning.
1 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Shiva is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It brings the knowledge of supreme knowledge.
2 Mukhi Rudraksha
Ardhanarishwar, the combined form of Shiva and Shakti, is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It brings concinnity and harmony and represents the practitioner- shishya relationship.
3 Mukhi Rudraksha
Agni or fire is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. Facilitates emancipation from the thrall of once air.
4 Mukhi Rudraksha
Guru is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It helps campaigners of advanced knowledge.
5 Mukhi Rudraksha
Kalagni Rudra is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. This Rudraksha increases our inner knowledge and leads us to our Advanced tone.
6 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Karthikeya is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It brings overall balance and emotional stability.
7 Mukhi Rudraksha
Goddess Lakshmi is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It brings new openings for wealth and also helps our health.
8 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Ganesha is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. This Rudraksha facilitates the junking of obstacles.
9 Mukhi Rudraksha
Goddess Durga is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It represents strength and energy and helps us gain both worldly pleasures and emancipation.
10 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Krishna is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It represents love and peace. According to the Holy Writ, it’s one of the most important Rudrakshas.
11 Mukhi Rudraksha
The 11 minor Rudras are the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. Reduces the negative influence of globes.
12 Mukhi Rudraksha
Sun is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It brings radiance and strength, helps us get relief of low tone- regard, which leads to tone- provocation.
13 Mukhi Rudraksha
Kamadeva is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It manifests magnet in us and also facilitates the awakening of kundalini and other forces( siddhi)
14 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Hanuman is the presiding deity of this Rudraksha. It represents courage and willpower.
15 Mukhi Rudraksha to 21 Mukhi Rudraksha
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