Rudraksha (Rood-Rak-Sha), also known as rudraksh, is a seed traditionally used for prayer beads in Hinduism and Buddhism. The seed is produced by several species of large evergreen broad-leaved tree.
Rudraksha Malas are commonly used in Meditation and are also used for the treatment of various diseases in traditional Indian medicine. The word rudraksha is derived from Rudra (Shiva—the Hindu god of all living creatures) and aksha (eyes). One Hindu legend says that once Lord Shiva opened His eyes after a long period of yogic meditation, and because of extreme fulfillment He shed a tear. This single tear from Shiva’s eye grew into the rudraksha tree. It is believed that by wearing the rudraksha bead one will have the protection of Lord Shiva. Rudraksha malas have been used from at least the 10th century for meditation purposes and to sanctify the mind, body and soul.
Each bead has a number of facets or serration’s on the face, which are called mukhis/mukhas . Different qualities are attributed to rudraksha based on the number of grooves, or “faces” that it has. A common type has five divisions, and these are considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva
The beads vary in size, from 3 mm to 40 mm, with the smaller beads being the rarest. The beads have a very long life and are sometimes known to last up to eight generations.
Medicinally, they are known to heal the mind and body ailments, reduce heart disease and lower blood pressure. They are also believed to increase clarity and general awareness, calm the central nervous system, help quiet the mind, and free negative thought – perfect for meditation.
In addition, they are said to be cooling when worn against the skin, and increase energy and stamina while providing rejuvenating qualities. Anyone can benefit from wearing them.
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Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also is said to bring emotional stability and inner strength. This stability and strength not only helps one hold firm in one’s life, but it can enhance flexibility and cooperation.