The Rudraksha, the divine seed

For thousands of years, Hindus and Buddhists have used the sacred plant of Rudraksha to meditate, heal, manage stress and facilitate positive changes in body, mind and spirit. Writes Juan Carlos Ramchandani.

"Thousand divine years I kept your eyes closed until they fell tears. By my order, those tears that fell from my eyes was born the Rudraksha tree for the benefit of all". Shiva in the Shiva Mahapurana.

In the India Yogis take account of Rudraksha to facilitate the control of the senses and to facilitate deep States of calm and mental concentration. Rudraksha means Rudra (a name of Lord Shiva) and aksha (eyes) "eye of Shiva" Although you are also known as "the tears of Shiva".

The Rudraksha it comes from a tree of great size with large, evergreen leaves and whose scientific name is Elaeocarpus ganitrus roxb. Also called Rudraksha the seed of that tree. Their habitat begins at sea level and rises up to two thousand meters. You can reach fifteen to sixty metres high. The rudrakshas only grow in a few places in the world, such as the Nepalese Himalayas, Sri Lanka, the India, Hawaii and Indonesia. The most appreciated rudrakshas are Nepal and Java (Indonesia). In general, when the tree has at least five years of age produce a fruit of an intense blue which is the seed of Rudraksha. These seeds have a few nicks along its perimeter that determine your number of faces or facets, calls mukhis in Sanskrit.


Is told in the Puranas (sacred texts) that Shiva after spending a lot of time meditating, awoke from its state of contemplation and began to dance the cosmic dance of dissolution and new creation Tandava, seeing the suffering and hardship of human beings began to cry. Her tears, to come into contact with the Earth, became the seeds of Rudraksha. Seed is a dark blue or purple, similar to the color of the skin of Shiva, it is said that when you look at a Rudraksha It is actually looking to footballer Shiva.

Rudraksha beads

The seeds are distinguished among themselves on the basis of the number of faces or facets)mukhis) showing, which may vary from one to twenty-one. According to the number of mukhis, various the spiritual meaning of the seeds, for example a seed with five mukhis It represents Shiva and one with ten is Vishnu. Also depending on the mukhis and the divine that symbolize have certain properties to physical and energetic level. Accounts have electromagnetic, ParaMagnetic, diamagneticas and dynamic polarity properties when in contact with the skin. Its composition is unique, based on 4 elements: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen which makes them surprisingly very light.

Benefits of rudraksha beads

An important aspect of the Rudraksha is that all the sampradayas (schools of Hinduism) worship it and carry, even the vaishnavas (devotees of Vishnu that often carry accounts of the sacred plant of) Tulasi). Aside from its spiritual orientation s religion, race or gender, any person can take account of Rudraksha. Accounts of Rudraksha does not produce adverse effects, is believed to favor the inner peace and help to eliminate the consequences of the Karma negative because of past actions. Take Rudraksha helps to advance on the spiritual path thanks to the blessings of Shiva, to us the purity of thought, Word and action.

Take rudrakshas accompanied by pearls, crystals, silver, gold and precious stones helps to destroy the astrological and planetary, misfortunes to overcome the fear of an early death. Also the Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine) speaks the glories and benefits of the use of the RudrakshaIn addition to its preventive properties and cure of many diseases. A team of scientists led by Dr. Subash Rai, of the technological Institute of the Hindu University of Benares, India, has recently documented the value and virtues of these seeds by means of modern scientific research. The study has shown that carry rudrakshas It improves and balances the activity of neurotransmitters and the levels of dopamine and serotonin (very important substances that are found in the brain).

Rudraksha mala

The Mala or Rosary Hindu and (also Buddhist) should have 108 beads. The number 108 is a mystical figure that is very present in the religious traditions that make up the Sanatana Dharma (original name of what is today known as Hinduism). The Scriptures recommended to repeat a minimum of 108 times a mantra to obtain their spiritual benefits, there are 108 sacred places for the Srivaishnavas (devotees of Vishnu) and 108 Upanishads or major philosophical treatises, 108 are the leading names of Shiva which are recited in the temples. These and other reasons are what make the number 108 is the "magic" number for excellence in Hinduism. In addition to the 108 accounts must have an additional account (usually larger) called bindu (drop or central point) or itsMeru (name of a sacred mountain) that represents the divine.

The accounts of Rudraksha they must be ritualised by a Purohit (hindu priest) competent to do the bid (ceremony) and recite the mantras appropriate, since each type of Rudraksha has a bija mantra different. It is also recommended to check the chart to see what kind of Rudraksha (how many faces or) mukhis) we need for our needs in the fields of physical, mental and spiritual health.


The Rudraksha, the seed of compassion, Dr. Nibodhi Haas

Padma Purana

Srimad Devi Bhagavatam VI chapter

Shiva Mahapurana

Rudraksha, properties and biomedical implications of Subash Rai

Juan Carlos Ramchandani It is hindu priest, writer and lecturer. Author of fifteen books on Hinduism and yoga. He is an expert connoisseur of the rudrakshas and Vedic astrology, for more information you can write him directly:

He is President of the Indian Federation of Spain and Vice-President of the Hindu Forum of Europe.

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