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Rudraksha – Its use and benefits

Rudraksha – Its use and benefits

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Rudraksha – Its use and benefits
Source: Hindu Mythology
The brick-red coloured dried berry of the Rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus GanitrusRoxb) has played a dominant role on the Indian arena for a long time now. Rudra(terrible) aksha (eye), the name connotes the effect of the seed on evil and itsconcomitants. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva used a fire weapon calledAaghor to kill Tripura Sur, the troublesome demon. The weapon killed the demon,but temporarily blinded Shiva too, who had to shut his eyes to escape its dazzlingbrilliance. When Shiva opened his eyes, they were watery. Places on earth where theteardrops fell sprouted Rudraksha trees.It is been proved beyond doubt that Rudraksha cures many illnesses including thoserelated to blood pressure and heart. So powerful are the Rudraksha's protectivepowers that it can actually protect the wearer from untimely death. Ancient sagesmaintained that Rudraksha provides peace and tranquility.
Types of Rudraksha:
Twenty-one types of Rudraksha find mention in various religious texts. However,only fourteen of these are available. Rudraksha trees are mainly found in Java,Sumatra, Borneo, Bali and Java as also in Nepal and India. The Rudraksha found inIndia and Nepal is a larger version of the one found in other South Asian islands. TheRudraksha gets its type from the number of faces (mukh) it carries.
 According to Puranas, Rudraksha has various benefits, the most well knownamongst them being:
a) Rudraksha defeats deathb) Kundalini can be awakenedc) Rudraksha ensures longevityd) Rudraksha destroys evil spiritse) Rudraksha helps in attaining moksha (freedom from rebirth)f) Rudraksha is known to cure infertile women and they can have childreng) Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) resides where Rudraksha's worshipped
Note: The effect of the Rudraksha is evident after forty days of wearing it!
Necessary precautions before wearing Rudraksha:
Duplicate Rudrakshas made from cardboard are flooding the market and hence it iscrucial to ensure that one wears a genuine Rudraksha. It would be ideal if one couldpurchase the Rudraksha from a known source. Here are a few tests to detect forfalse beads that could be passed off as genuine:• A fake Rudraksha will float in water. A real one on the other hand will settle at thebottom.• Do not wear a Rudraksha that has been eaten by insects and pests.
• Do not wear a Rudraksha that is broken or chipped.• Smaller Rudraksha is ideal for meditation and prayers. It is advisable to use thebigger Rudraksha for curing illnesses.
Scientific evidence of Rudraksha's benefits
Wearing a Rudraksha is known to cure ailments like blood pressure, stress, anxiety,depression, palpitations, lack of concentration, etc. The bead enhances the powers of concentration, orients the mind towards attaining prosperity, boost confidence andenergy levels, and is also known to increase the ability of speculative thinking.While some may contend that what is mentioned in ancient texts need not be asource of authentic knowledge, there is scientific evidence to validate Rudraksha'sbeneficial powers. The Rudraksha has strong electrical and magnetic properties.Besides storing electrical energy, a Rudraksha can send out subtle electrical impulsesand induce vibrations.To understand the functioning of the Rudraksha, one must understand the working of the human body the central nervous system, organ systems etc that form a part of the bio electronic circuit. Sense organs respond to impulses like touch, smell, noise,sight and taste as a result of bioelectricity. Bioelectricity transmits information fromthe brain to various parts of the body and vice versa. The bioelectric current isgenerated because of the different energy levels that exist at various levels in thebody.So long as the bioelectricity flow between the body, mind and brain is smooth, bodilyfunctions are `normal'. The moment there is stress in this flow of energy the bodystarts malfunctioning.It is here that Rudraksha beads come to play a dominant role - that of a stabilizinganchor.
Rudraksha beads have a strong influence on our well being, and affect areasmentioned below:
Specific Rudraksha beads resist the flow of bio-electrical impulses that cross thedesired ampere requirement (leading to an imbalance in the brain-body-mindcircuit). The beads act in tandem with the heart, streamlining it and sending outspecific impulses to the brain. The impulses in return generate positive brainchemicals that induce us with a sense of confidence and energy.
Electric energy can be stored in Rudraksha beads making them a safe stabilizingagent. This property of the Rudraksha makes it useful for controlling hyperactivity,palpitation, etc. The excess energy is stored in the bead thereby normalizing the bio-electric flow.
Rudraksha beads contain magnetic properties and hence send out inductivevibrations. This is the reason why people report of feeling better after wearing thebead (even if the bead does not touch them).

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