Myths vs Facts surrounding Rudraksha
Apart from the vidhis & precautionary measures there are certain myths which are addressed below.
What are Rudraksha beads? Where are they available?
Rudraksha beads, botanically known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb are the seeds of the fruit from Rudraksha trees. Rudraksha trees are found mainly in South Eastern Asian Islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Timor of what is known as modern day Indonesia and parts of Kingdom of Nepal. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India. There are clefts on the surface of the beads and they are called mukhis.
What is special about Rudraksha beads ?
Asians have used Rudraksha beads traditionally. Asian Yogis and Monks found that merely wearing the Rudraksha beads gave them tremendous amount of tranquillity, concentration that helped them meditate for a long period of time with spectacular control over their mind.
Can all wear Rudraksha ?
Yes everyone, irrespective of sex, age, culture, ethnic, geographical and religious background can wear it.
In what other way can Rudraksha control blood pressure ?
Wearing Rudraksha helps in Blood Pressure control as per experience of many. Other than wearing, water therapy also helps as under: Take a glass of water. Dip three beads of five Mukhi in it, preferably after sun set. Drink it when you get up in the morning, before any other intake. It is useful as a remedy for other physical ailments also.
Is it that only Hindus can wear?
No, Rudraksha are meant for all to wear, irrespective of religion.
Are Rudraksha beads used only for Meditation? Is it meant only for people of certain background?
By wearing these beads one experiences tranquillity, peace of mind, focus and concentration. This state of mind is equally ideal for meditation as well as for any other mind related activity by modern day professionals. Concentration and focus are the most important requirement for success in any field. Apart from 5 mukhi, Rudraksha beads are available from 1 mukhi to 21 mukhi. From 15 mukhi to 21 mukhi, it is available though not commonly. These different mukhi beads selectively alter personality and mindset in a positive way. Rudraksha is meant for entire humanity. Rudraksha can rejuvenate our Mind, Body and Soul, make us perform to our full potential and enhance our overall quality of life. The anti – ageing property of Rudraksha is well known.
Can one wear the combination of Different Mukhis?
Yes, one can wear the combination of all the beads. The individual powers of the beads can be felt simultaneously. One can also wear a pendant of any specific facet of beads. Either more number of a particular facet of beads or a mix of different facet of beads can be worn.
How do we decide which combination of beads to wear ?
You can choose beads according to the properties of the different beads. You may choose to wear one bead of different facets or multiple beads as wearing multiple beads enhance the power of that mukhi. Rudraksha therapy is more effective than gem therapy as Rudraksha also pacify the negative influence of planets and also give peace and comfort to the wearer.
How soon can one feel the effect of wearing Rudraksha ?
Some changes are observed immediately. Other changes take time. As per our experience a minimum of 40 day period is required for results to manifest. Wearing Rudraksha brings auspiciousness in your life and it will work continuously for you giving benefits. Sometimes, you should get your combination rechecked as it is possible that you had not given all details earlier. Also, make sure that the beads are energized by occasional chanting of “Om Namah Shivay” or the seed mantra and Abhishek is done on auspicious days.
What are the tests for ascertaining the genuinity of Rudraksha?
Tests like sinking of beads in water to test originality are not reliable as even an unripe or dry but genuine Rudraksha may float, but a fake bead may sink. Copper coin tests etc. do not give conclusive results, as nowadays fake Rudraksha are made by tampering original Rudraksha beads. So people need to be aware about the ways in which a Rudraksha is faked and use simple procedures like observing the mukh lines by magnifying glass, soaking in warm water to observe tampered mukh lines if any etc. Best way is to procure from reliable source. For Gauri Shankar and Trijuti, soak in boiling water for 1 to 2 hours. In most cases glue if used, may come out and broken beads will come apart, genuine beads will remain intact.
Can the family members keep interchanging Neck Malas, Japa Malas or Rudraksha beads?
No. There is a relationship between the wearer and Rudraksha, which is very private and must not be shared. But it can be willed and passed on to the next generation.
Can ladies wear Rudraksha ?
Yes, they can, barring those 4- 5 days when nature is at work.
Can all wear Rudraksha ?
Yes, everyone irrespective of sex, age, culture, ethnic, geographical and religious background can wear it.
How do we know which Rudraksha is good?
Many get confused with the shape and size. One should not seriously worry about it. Just see that the mukhi is well defined and that there are no cracks near the central hole and bead is healthy and not eaten by insects etc.
Does Rudraksha help during panic attacks ?
Yes, Keep a big size 5 mukhi Rudraksha with you, Whenever you feel nervous due to sudden shock and feel cold, just hold it tight in your right palm for ten minutes. You will regain your confidence and body will start warming up.
What is the life of Rudraksha beads?
Could be any number of years. If well protected, can be passed on from generation to generation.
Can we wear Rudraksha on body when we have to go to cremation ground ?
No, one should not take Rudraksha inside Cremation ground, It has to be removed before one enters