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See also Rudraaksh-2 - Faces of Rudraaksh; Rudraaksh; Kaatyanee Tantra;
What is Rudraaksh
Shiv Puraan describes Rudraaksh's origin as Lord Shiv's tears. He had been meditating for many years for the welfare of all creatures. On opening the eyes, hot drops of tears rolled down and the mother earth gave birth to Rudraaksh trees. Padm Puraan describes its birth from Shiv's sweat drops. During Sat Yug, there lived a mighty demon named Tripuraasur. He had conquered the deities and was capable of moving in the space. The deities sought help of Lord Shiv, and he killed Tripuraasur for them by the sight of his third-eye. In this process, a few drops of sweat, emanating from Shiv's body fell down on the earth. These sweat drops got transformed into a large Rudraaksh tree.
Lord Shiv has many aspects indicated by His 1,008 names. Through the grace of Lord Siva we are able to come to a state where we stop identifying with the Relative aspect of ourselves and come to know our true identity as one with the Absolute. This is the death of death itself. This is immortality. It is the total destruction of all limitations and all sorrows in our lives and this miracle can only be brought about by the power of Lord Shiv. That is why He is called Lord Shiv the Auspicious One. He destroys our limitations and our fears. He is the very embodiment of total kindness. He is the Lord of Yogis presiding over Transcendental Knowledge. Om Namah Shivaaya.
Lord Shiv is also known as Rudra and the Lord of Tears. The meaning of the name Rudra is traceable to the Ved and said to be derived from Rud (Dravayit) he who drives away sin or suffering.
Eight different aspects of nature are the direct manifestations of Rudra and they are Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space, The Sun, The Moon and the Life Force. Anything good and auspicious, anything that keeps us healthy and happy and anything that helps us attain freedom from pain and misery is Rudra.
Birth of Rudraaksh
For full Divine 1,000 years I remained awake with eyelids wide open in thinking of the Aghor weapon, the destroyer of all obstacles, whereby the killing of Tripuraasur might be effected and the troubles of the Devtaa be removed. Not for a moment my eyelids dropped. Thereby my eyes were affected and drops of water came out of my eyes. Note here. How enemies are to be killed. It requires great thought, great concentration, great Yog and great powers. O Mahaasenaa, From those drops of water coming out of my eyes, the great tree of Rudraaksh did spring for the welfare of all. This Rudraaksh seed is of 38 varieties. From my Soorya Netra, ie my right eye, 12 yellow colored (Pingal color) varieties came out symbolizing the Sun; 16 varieties of white color came out from my left eye, the Som Netra, representing the Moon, and 10 varieties of black color came out from my third eye on the top, the Agni Netra, representing Fire. Of these the white Rudraaksh are Braahman and they are used by the Braahman; the red colored ones are the Kshatriya and should be used by the Kshatriya and the black ones are Shoodra and should be used by the Vaishyas and the Shoodra.
Rudraaksh - a divine bead to human community provided by the Supreme Power Lord Shiv. The Lord Shiv from his tear created it. At the time of the universal deluge and destruction of all things, my eyes were opened for thousand Dev years (one human year = 1 day of Dev year). In that period, the tears from my eyes dropped in some places of earth, and produced Rudraaksh trees. This is the message of Lord Shiv to saint Bujandar (Rudraaksh Jaabaalopanishad). It is a symbol of spirituality and mystic power. It is having electromagnetic power and it affects both the physical and logical body of the human being while it is on the body.
Force Found in Rudraaksh Beads
Types of Rudraaksh
Size of Rudraaksh Referred to in Upanishad
The very good auspicious Rudraaksh is having an inherent hole and a gold line on it.
Procedures to be followed to
If any mistake happens with your Rudraaksh, you follow this - mix 4-5 drops of Gangaa Jal in small bottle of clean water and slowly sprinkle the Gangaa Jal mixture water over Rudraaksh beads or Maalaa saying Om Namah Shivaaya (11times) and then light Agar Battee and show them to Rudraaksh beads or Maalaa saying Om Namah Shivaaya again (11times) and then ask forgiveness from Lord Shiv for any mistakes that may have happened knowingly or unknowingly whilst wearing Rudraaksh. If you wish you can pass this message to other people wearing rudraksh beads and Maalaa who may not be aware of it.
Colors of Rudraaksh
How to Keep Them in Good Condition
After immersing them in the oil
for a day you can start wearing them the next day what you need to do is to take
them out wipe it with paper tissue or clean cloth and wash it with water to take
out excess oil and start wearing it again.
Any Relationship Between Rudraaksh's Faces and Its Seeds?
Some people think that an X-ray can detect the number of seeds, but Kali Baba didn't even know what an X-ray was. He hardly even knew what was electricity. Kali Baba had an 1-Mukhee Gol Daanaa which he put into my possession for a week in 1976. It was genuine 1-Mukhee (although we didn't apply the tests mentioned by Baba).
Find more information read the book "Power of Rudraksha" by KN Seetha.
How to Use Rudraaksh Maalaa
If you are doing any Saadhanaa with a Rudraaksh Maalaa, it can be worn after completing the Saadhanaa, but it is allowed only in some Saadhanaa; else it should be left in river or under a tree in other Saadhanaa. Normally it is mentioned in the end of the procedure of Saadhanaa, as what you have to do with the Saadhanaa materials. For example, in Naaraayan Mantra Saadhanaa, a Saadhanaa related to Rudraaksh Maalaa, which can be accomplished in Grahan (Eclipse) time, is very easy to accomplish and it can be used in the Grahan Kaal for lifelong benefits. In this Saadhanaa the Rudraaksh Maalaa is wearable anytime.
Jap with a genuine Rudraaksh
Maalaa in a Jyotirling temple gives great power. I have experienced this myself,
Once I went to Tryambakeshwar. It is one of the places where the Kumbh Melaa
takes place, it means it is one of the places where Amrit had fallen, next
to the temple behind it there is a Kund (pond). I have a 108 original Rudraaksh
Maalaa (given to my friend by a Saadhu near a Hanuman temple and he gave it to
me - might have got it just by luck....or by destiny....that was 7 years ago....)
So once I took a dip in that Kund behind Tryambakeshwar temple wearing that Maalaa
and did the Jap with concentrated mind there itself of the Mahaa Mrityunjaya Mantra...
it literally shook me... I mean I could feel tremendous vibrations......
although the Maalaa is only of Panchmukhee, 6-Mukhee and 7-Mukhee Rudraakhsh....
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 07/15/13