Friday, October 15, 2010

Rudraksh

Rudraksh, the most celebrated esoteric accessory of spiritual seekers has been used extensively since time immemorial. Botanically known as Elaecarpus Ganitrus Roxb, Rudraksh are the dried seeds of a tree, which grows in a select locations of South East Asia, predominantly in the upper Himalayan mountain range of the Indian subcontinent bordering Nepal. A few Rudraksh trees have also been sighted in parts of the Velliangiri Mountains, in the Western Ghats.

The word Rudraksh literally means “tears of Shiva”. There are many legends in Indian scriptures and mythology that describe the divine origin of the Rudraksh 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 Rudraksh tree. Rudraksh beads were Shiva’s gift to the world.

Benefits of Rudraksh

Rudraksh’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 conductive for restful sleep in unfamiliar environments.

For spiritual seekers, Rudraksh plays a supportive role in enhancing one’s spiritual growth. Some of the esoteric benefits ascribed to Rudraksh 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 Rudraksh ?

Anyone, irrespective of gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical, or religious background can wear Rudraksh. Rudraksh 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.

Selecting a Rudraksh

Rudraksh in their natural state have their own energies that are very beneficial to the wearer. However, Rudraksh can also be specially consecrated to enhance the impact upon the wearer. In the tradition, Rudraksh are usually received from a Guru - a spiritual Master. Rudraksh offered by Isha Yoga Center are carefully selected and checked for their quality and authenticity and undergo a special process of consecration by Sadhguru. Assisting the seeker in many ways, they are potent aids for one’s physical, mental wellbeing and one’s spiritual sadhana (spiritual practice).

The following is a list of Rudraksh available through the Isha Yoga Center, which have been selected by Sadhguru for use by the common man, with the corresponding attributable properties:

Panchmukhi : These are five-faced Rudraksh which can be worn by anyone above 14 years of age. It helps cultivate inner freedom and purity.

Dwimukhi : These are two-faced Rudraksh intended for married persons. It is supportive for marital relationships and should be worn by both husband and wife.

Shanmukhi : These are six-faced Rudraksh intended for children below 14 years of age. This Rudraksh aids in proper physical and mental development and draws qualities of motherly love toward the child.

Gowrishankar : These are beads which look like two beads fused together and can be worn by anyone above 14 years of age. It aids in prosperity and balancing the Ida and Pingala nadis (energy channels) and activates the seven chakras.

Conditioning of Rudraksh

To condition new Rudraksh 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.

Proper Care of Rudraksh

Rudraksh can be worn at all times, including during sleep and while doing one’s spiritual practices. Rudraksh can be worn during bathing times. However, care must be taken that the Rudraksh do not come in contact with hot water or soap. Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal, therefore it is advisable not to place them in metal containers. However, Rudraksh can be cast in gold or silver if one chooses to do so. Extreme care should be taken when fashioning Rudraksh in this manner, as damage may occur through improper handling.

The energies of broken, cracked, damaged and defective Rudraksh beads are distorted and should not be worn.



93 comments:

  1. a person who goes thro social/corporate life like occasional smoking drinking can he were Rudraksh.

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  2. Hi, I have conditioned my rudraksh as mentioned. But since I have put in ghee and milk, the oiliness from my rudraksh doesnot go and it is becming the target of ants in my house. Please suggest a remedy

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    1. After cleansing rudraksha, smear it with vibhoothi and wipe it with a clean & dry cotton cloth.

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    2. After cleansing rudraksha, smear it with vibhoothi and wipe it with a clean & dry cotton cloth.

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  3. Apply vibhuti on the whole rudraksh. This is how i do. Still find, if anyone has better suggestions.

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  4. Hi, I accidentally kept rudraksh in ghee for more than 48 hours thinking that i have to keep it for 48 hours. Is there any problem for that? Now how much time I have to keep in milk?

    Please give me an advice.

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    1. 24hrs for each alternatively. first in ghee , than in milk. No problem if you kept for more time.

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  5. 24hrs for each alternatively. first in ghee , than in milk. No problem if you kept for more time.

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  6. Sir namaste..I want to purchase isha rudraksha, which size is good?? On isha shoppe they have listed rudraksha from 8mm to 5mm size...I am confused... which size u r using sir??

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    1. The smaller the size of the beads, the greater will be its impact.

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  7. Are there any mantras to be chanted while wearing it ?

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  8. Does conditioning new beads mean I have to replace the beads every 6 months?

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  9. Does conditioning new beads mean I have to change the beads every 6 months?

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  10. I soaked in milk and then in ghee for 24 hours each. I forgot it was the other way around. Is that OK? Or should soak them in milk again post the ghee?

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  11. Rudraksha have to be changed only if the beads are found damaged or broken. And follow the cleaning order for rudraksha with first ghee and then milk. There is no instructions given like chanting mantra , while wearing the rudraksha.

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  12. I recently purchased rudraksha. Shud I condition it before wearing ?

    Also, I have noticed that the color of a few beads have changed a bit.

    How to know if the rudraksha is damaged or good.

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  13. Hey all, What is the overall benefit of conditioning Rudraksha, and is it there only one way to do so? Thanks

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  14. So I can get rudraksh from isha shoppee. And I do see that description for six mukhi differs with other sites please do check on that

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  15. I've purchased a new Rudraksha from Isha shoppee and conditioned it in Ghee and Milk. While conditioning it in Milk I used a Steel container. The instruction about using Rudraksha states that it should not be kept in metal containers and since I kept it in a steel container, will there be any issue. Should I not wear this new rudraksha? Kindly let me know.

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    1. Hi Anna, why we soak rudhraksha in ghee and milk? Can i reuse that ghee for cooking ?...

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  16. I accidently poured hot ghee over rudraksha! N also found a beed with half a portion black like stone with no curve... should I wear it? If not how to loose the rudraksha?

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  17. What do we do of the Ghee and Milk once their job is done?

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  18. Nice and Very Informative Post it is… I Like this Post…. Thanks for Sharing this Post with us….

    Rudraksha Beads

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  19. Namakarm ISHA!
    In the process of conditioning with milk , wont the milk turn futile after few hours? Is that not a problem? or can i soak the beads in milk and keep it in refrigerator? Pls advise .
    Pranams

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  20. Hello, how to condition rudraksha in liquid ghee as winter is going on. It tends to freeze.

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  21. I took a bath in the ocean (salty water) while wearing Rudraksha. Would that cause any problem? Also, it has come in contact with a needle (metal) few times. Would that cause any damage?

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  22. Great post!!
    I got to know various benefits of Rudraksha. Thanks for sharing such an informative blog.

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  23. Namaskaram,

    I checked each bead of my rudraksha mala and found 2 beads broken. So is it that I have to replace only those broken beads or I have to replace entire mala. Plz help.

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  24. Hi, sir can i wear spatika mala and rudraksh mala simultaneously around neck

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    1. Whats spatika mala ? Always buy rudraksh from reliable source.

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    2. spatika means quartz, even the quartz beads are used in mala, to keep the body cool and the aura clean, they are available in isha shoppe, but as per the isha customer care, one should not wear it along with rudrakshi mala
      https://www.ishashoppe.com/in/yoga-temple/consecrated/rudhraksha-mala-s/spatika-mala-style-1.html

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    3. How about sphatika and rudrakash beads in single mala together. I can find that is available.

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  25. Can Rudraksh Mala be worn while consuming non-vegetarian meals?

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  26. Namaste Isha,

    Is it okay for girls to wear rudraksha mala during their monthly cycle of periods?

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  27. What should we do with ghee after 24 hrs of immersing rudraksh?

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  28. Can we wear rudraksh while having sex?

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  29. Nice informative blog about Rudraksha and its effects.

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  30. can i wear rudraksha while going to toilet ?

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  31. Hi if i am do not have vibuhti could i use the ashes if the incense used to pray Buddha?

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  32. The information given in the post is really good. Rudraksh, according to Indian astrology, gives you a number of benefits.

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  33. Where can I get suggestion on which rudrakdha is good for students

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  34. I would like to purchase a 5 faced Rudraksha. In isha Shoppe it is not available.. Could you please tell when it will be available or if there any other isha website to purchase this..Please advise

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  35. Hi

    I kept rudraksh in milk first for 24 hours and then in ghee.

    I have wore it without using vibhuti.

    Is it ok? Please guide me.

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    1. No. You have to condition in ghee first. Than milk.

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  36. Namaste,
    I forgot to take off my Rudraksha while I was in ocean for about 3 ours. TO make it worse, I was in pool afterwards with chlorinated water for almost two hours. I conditioning rudraksha now with ghee and then with milk. Any comments please?

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  37. Namaskaram Fidarose. Is it right to wear the rudraksha with the Linga Bhairavi Copper pendant which is a metal? Sadhguru in one of his blogs have said that rudraksha can be casted with copper, gold or silver. But still because only gold and silver were mentioned in this blog, I had to ask is it ok or not. And by the way, you are doing a very helpful work by compiling these wonderful blogs of my Guru and my friend(osho) I consider him a very helpful companion. It's a pleasure for me that at least somebody is able to see people like krisnamurty ,mooji, osho, Alan watts as mystics rather than labelling them as philosophers. May Sadhguru touch you in ways you cannot imagineπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  38. Jaiveer Singh, you can wear copper pendent, along with rudraksh. _/\_

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    1. Thank you very much Fidarose.

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  39. thank you for this very useful information!

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  40. Once I wear it, is it necessary to keep wearing it 24-7 or am I free to wear it all day, and take it off while going to bed or for a bath, just to be comfortable

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  42. hello

    every day morning i kept rudraksh in copper bowl ,Before I bath. but they said that on (Proper Care of Rudraksh) -(Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal) , so diz wrong or not.

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  43. hello

    everyday morning i kept rudraksh in copper bowl, before i bath. but they said that (Proper Care of Rudraksh)-(Rudraksh should not come in contact with metal).so this is wrong (or) may i keep with copper bowl.

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  44. pls guide,
    can my 7 year old son wear four mukhi rudraksha. what precaution is needed to be taken?

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  45. pls help,
    can my 7 year old son wear 4 mukhi rudraksha. what precaution are to be taken ?

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  46. Namaskaram, I have a couple of queries if I may:

    By mistake I have soaked the rudraksh in milk first. Can I now soak in ghee now and then again in milk? Also its difficult to get 'kaccha' milk I use milk directly out of the packet, is that ok? Thank you.

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  47. Namaskar,

    Can I have my Rudraksha Mala on when I am drinking/smoking? 


    Also can I have it on while I am eating fish/chicken/eggs?


    Is there any other time I shouldn't be wearing it? (Other then using chemicals while showering)


    Thanks and Regards,

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  48. Namaskaram,
    How does one know whether the rudraksh wore by them is broken, cracked, damaged, defective or not?
    Pranam

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  49. Namaskaram,
    How does one know whether the rudraksh wore by them is broken, cracked, damaged, defective or not?
    Pranam

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  50. Namaskaram,
    In order to make it stronger ( as my previous one was pulled and snapped by my lil one) , the jeweller has tied knots in b/w the beads with a silk thread . The individual beads remain uncovered although are no more in touch with each other like the original...

    Is that alright?
    Pranam
    Raghu

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  51. Can I Ware a rudraksha mala during sex,a funeral,a new born baby room?

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  52. I wear a Topaz in a Gold Chain, can I put my recently bought GauriShankar Rudraksha in same chain?

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  53. I recently bought a Gauri Shankar rudraksha and after a few days I noticed its detached from the Centre. Not sure if it happened during my sleep or was it a fake. What should I do now?

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  54. I recently bought a Gauri Shankar rudraksha and after a few days I noticed its detached from the Centre. Not sure if it happened during my sleep or was it a fake. What should I do now?

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  55. can i wear the rudraksha mala along with the bhairavi pendant? Also, can i wear the snake ring? I have just started practicing isha kriya at home following Sadhguru's technique online

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  56. Hi sir. There is a small roundish hole on one of the beads of the panchamukhi rudraksha that I have noticed after few weeks. Is that normal ?

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  57. I am practicing Isha Kriya meditation by myself as guided by Sadhguru. I wanted to know if I could still wear the copper snake ring, Bhairavi pendant and panchmukhi rudraksha? I have ordered it from Isha Foundation online shop. Please guide me regarding this...namaste

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  58. hello,
    after conditioning in ghee and milk, there is a sour milk smell from the rudrakasha. What should i do to remove the smell?
    namaste

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  59. The milk I kept it in curdled...what should I do ? Should I wear it ?

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  60. The milk I kept it in curdled...what should I do ? Should I wear it ?

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  61. Hello, I want to know what do I do with the ghee n milk

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  62. I am 31, Ummarried Women, Can i wear single piece of Rudraksha? If yes, I Cant find in online, Pls let me know the process

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  63. I got rudraksha with copper holding from isha yog centre is it ok to wear it along with that holding..as it is mentioned that rudraksha shouldn't come in contact with metal

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  64. This is beautiful insight. Please write the rest of the article so that we can benefit from the same.
    Rudraksha mala online

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  65. Is it possible to purchase an One Mukhi Rudraksha from the Isha Shop.

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  66. as ive immersed my mala in raw milk so what if it gets curdled.
    also can i put it in my fridge

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