Meaning of Mukhis (Faces), Uses and Benefits
Vedic scriptures affirm that the yogis, saints, sages of the ancient, medieval and modern India have had Rudraksha beads on their bodies. Rudraksha beads are regarded as the timeless jewels of the gods and find mention in ancient Puranas and Upanishads as being the most powerful aid in the path of Self realisation. It is believed that the beads grow on Rudraksha trees that have emanated from the tears of Lord Shiva and have been used by yogis and spiritualists for self-empowerment and for leading a fearless life. But let’s find out the scientific properties and botanical structure of the beads.
Rudraksha Found In Nature: Seeds, Leaves and Trees
Scientifically Rudraksha plant Elaeocarpus is a large genius of broad-leaved evergreen trees. The trees are almost 50ft to 200ft in height growing in the North Indian River Plain of the Himalayas to South-East Asia, Nepal and Indonesia. All trees bear white flowers with fringed petals that develop into drupaceous fruit resembling olive. The main trunks of the trees are cylindrical with the section being circular. Bark is grayish white and rough in texture with small vertical lenticels and narrow horizontal furrows. The branches of Rudraksha spread in all directions are such a way that when growing in natural habitat, the crown takes the shape of a pyramid. Rudraksha is basically grown in subtropical climatic region with temperature ranges from 25 to 30 degree centigrade.
Once the seeds are planted, they grow into trees (15 to 16 years) that start giving fruits similar to ‘Blueberries’. In its original form, a Rudraksha is this fruit with a blue husk covering the seed (bead). The blue color is not caused by pigmentation but evolves as the trees grow, bearing the fruits in around 3-4 years. The fruit is kept in water for a number of days and then Rudraksha is taken out after peeling off the pulp. Rudraksha beads contain 50.031 % carbon, 0.95% nitrogen, 17.897% hydrogen and 30.53% oxygen. The tree has nearly 36 sister species, including Rudraksha. Rudraksha, being a plant, is specially worn without contact with metal; thus on a cord or thong rather than a chain. In the single tree Rudraksha beads comes in all different mukhis (faces) at the same time but higher Mukhis or faces are very rare to find where most of Rudraksha beads are Five Mukhi. The beads come in seasonal pattern every year around mid-August to mid-October.
Science of Rudraksha: Modern Research and Studies
With the development of modern science, scientists researched for evidences that support the ancient belief on the significance of Rudraksha. The merits of Rudraksha were evidenced in the late 1960s by a group of scientists lead by Dr. Suhas Rai, Institute of Technology University in Banaras India. Dr. Rai’s research boosted an ancient belief that, as scripted in the scriptures, the inner structure of Rudraksha beads undeniably contained subtle electromagnetic atoms that had an impact on the body. Many schools of yogic thoughts advocated for the religious, scientific and spiritual significance of Rudraksha. Yet, these beads have been considered to be mystic, occult or religious objects that do not go in congruence with modern science. This is mainly due to a lack of proper literature and publicity and several unnecessary inhibitions and restrictions imposed by certain sections of the society on what to wear and how to wear. For instance: it is wrongly perceived that ladies cannot wear or only vegetarians can wear and the lack of confidence among the users for acquiring genuine beads due to big presence of artificial and fake beads across the country and lack of knowledge as to how genuine Rudraksha can be procured.
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Wearing the sacred Rudraksha beads brings one to the alpha state of present moment living. Since these beads are not man-made, they have indeed impact on the human body. Holistic Healer Neeta Singhal with her decade-long research on Rudraksha beads has devised Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST) that incorporates the use of Rudraksha and Gemstones for better health. The RRST therapy combined with the ancient Vedic Knowledge and modern scientific proof confirm the effectiveness of wearing Rudraksha beads. Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST) is a scientific method based on the Vedic Puranas, Upanishads and Neeta Singhal’s research, knowledge and experience of Aura- Chakra Therapy.
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Rudraksha in Vedic scriptures: Quotes From Ancient Texts
From the Vedic and scriptural point of view, the Sanskrit word ‘Rudraksha’ symbolizes Rudra (Lord Shiva). The root word rud means ‘to wail’; Rudra means the one who wails, howls or roars. Another derivation mentions rud which also means in Sanskrit ‘being red’ leading to ‘red, intense, and brilliant’. The English word ‘ruddy’ is derived from old English rudig, rud which means ‘red’.
The Rig Veda mentions (Rukh draavayathi iti rudraha). Rukha means ‘grief, distress or anguish’. Draavayathi means ‘to eradicate’, ‘iti’ means ‘that’ or ‘who’, and Rudra means another name of Shiva. It means Shiva who eradicates miseries or grief. ‘Rudra’ is Lord Shiva and ‘Aksha’ means tears. Therefore, Rudraksha means tears of Shiva. Lord Shiva is the ardent user and admirer of Rudraksha. In fact both cannot be separated.
A person who wears all Rudraksha becomes become Me I
So, one should attempt from all levels to wear the divine Rudraksha II
-Shiva in the Padma Purana
Even Rudra attained Rudrahood only after wearing Rudraksha beads I
Saints achieve the ultimate truth and Brahma attains Brahamatav.
Thus there is nothing higher than wearing Rudraksha beads in this world II
Just like Vishnu amongst men, Surya amongst all the planets I
Ganga among rivers, Kashyap among human I
Shiva amongst all Gods, Parvati amongst all Goddesses is Highest praised II
Similarly Rudraksha is the Highest amongst All I
Hence there is no Sloka or fast above Rudraksha II
Shrimad Devi Bhagwatam
In the view of Vedas, Rudraksha beads are divine. They have spiritual charge that affects the mind, the body, the senses and the soul. Even devas (gods) of the heavenly planets seek to wear these beads for their numerous benefits.
Before we study the benefits, let’s know more about Mukhis, the faces of Rudraksha beads. The faces are determined by the lines that segment the bead.
Legends associated with the origin of Rudraksha:
Ancient Vedic scriptures talk about different circumstances leading to the creation of "Rudra". All the epics are centered on Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is also known by the name "Rudra". According to Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva went into deep meditation for a long period for the well-being of all living beings. After waking from the state of meditation, He opened His eyes and instantly tear drops fell on the earth. On reaching the ground, these tear drops took the form of a seed which later grew into Rudraksha tree.
Types of Rudraksha beads, Mukhis (Faces) and Properties of Different Mukhis:
Rudraksha commonly come from 1 to 21 Mukhis, but Rudraksha of 1 to 14 Mukhis are commonly found. Rudraksha beads from 15 Mukhis to 21 Mukhis are more rare and mukhis above that are found in very few numbers every year. Of all these, 4,5 and 6 Mukhi Rudraksha beads are found easily and abundantly. Depending upon the availability and production of Rudraksha different prices have been allocated for different Mukhi Rudraksha.
The Rudraksha bead has a top portion from where the line originated this is called Brahma. The middle portion having the largest diameter that is known as Vishnu and the bottom portion where the lines end is known as Shiva. In the ancient Vedic scriptures such as the Shiva Purana, Srimad Devi Bhagvad , and Padma Purana, Rudraksha beads up to 14 Mukhis have been described along with their effects and purposes for which they are useful. Higher Mukhi Rudraksha from 15 to 1 Mukhis have been described in Katyayani Purana and beads above that do not find mention in any known text till date. There are other Rudraksha beads like Gauri Shankar (two Rudraksha having naturally joined on the tree), Ganesha (a Rudraksha having trunk like protrusion on its body) Sawar (a Gauri Shankar in which one bead has only one line or Mukhi), Trijuti (three Rudraksha beads joined naturally on the tree.
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Rudraksha beads from Nepal and Indonesia:
Rudraksha trees are mostly found in South Eastern Asian Islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Iran, Java, Timor (Indonesia) and parts of South Asian Kingdom of Nepal. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India. Considered a major stress reliever, reducing circulatory problems and of course as the best beads, the Blue Berry (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus) was first spotted in Indonesia and is now grown in Nepal and Haridwar, Srilanka, Malaysia.
Nepal beads are sought by Rudraksha lovers due to their large surface and clear lines, while Indonesian beads are sought by many people due to their small size and ease of wearing. Find out the difference between Nepalese and Indonesian beads here:
How do Rudraksha beads work and what are the benefits?
Rudraksha beads work on different the chakras of human body. It is chakras that tune one different planets and Gods. They work best when worn on body. Touching skin is not necessary for Rudraksha beads to show effect, but the method of wearing is very important. Just as gems work when worn on specific fingers, similarly Rudraksha work when worn at the specific parts of the body in a specific manner. We at Rudra Centre have a wide range of Rudraksha combinations based on chakra therapy. These combinations are specially designed for particular chakras and help in opening the blockages in chakras. Benefits of Wearing Rudraksha:
Rudraksha beads emit electromagnetic energies that deal with major aspects of our life: health, satisfaction, nirvana, affluence, creativity, intuitive ability, material pleasures, harmony in relationships, attraction, self-empowerment and courageous life. All these aspects are manifested by the current of emotions in our mind and body. A person with positive outlook of life tends to be less affected by the setbacks than those with too many expectations and cynical views on life. The beads when in contact with the body begin to energize the chakras and bring them to their perfect balanced state by Law of resonance.
Rudraksha beads work on all aspects of life and bring about tangible benefits. Those who face obstacles, failures and suffer from emotional setbacks and for those who are seeking self-empowerment, healing and success should consult an expert and wear a Rudraksha combination.
- Mitigates the past reactions of karmas
- Protects against ominous accidents and unfortunate events
- Cures the influence of adverse planets
- Aids in memory and decision making
- Regulates blood pressure
- Minimizes stress and relaxes the mind
- Wherever Rudraksha is worshipped the Goddess of wealth always stays there.
- Helps in awakening of Kundalini.
- Peace and harmony.
- Controls stress, hypertension and blood pressure.
- Increases self-power.
- Gives peace of mind to the wearer, stimulates the mind and sharpens the intellect.
- Balances the chakras and heal diseases in the body
Yes. These beads balance the body chakras, change belief systems; remove chakra blockages, and leads the wearer to both personal and professional success. Specific Rudraksha beads are recommended once the person’s blocked chakras are identified. Based on the existing concerns and the desired outcome, Rudraksha beads are skillfully strung so the person can wear easily and positive results can be experienced in a miraculous time period of 8-10 days. Did you know that even celebrities wear Rudraksha beads for their powers and numerous benefits? Click Read More to know more about it.
Time Duration For Effect of Rudraksha beads
The distinction should be made between how much effect a given item is having versus how much effect you notice and how much your body can stand. The initial effects of losing negative energies, ablation of some negative karmic thoughts may be little easier to notice as feeling of slight discomfort.
Replace them with positive thoughts, and avoid needless monkey chatter of the brain by replacing it with japa or mantra recital. This process will help in speeding up the process.
For each Rudraksha bead, one wears on the body, the body has to make adjustments. Probably one may not be aware of these adjustments but they take place nonetheless. Often it is both subtle and "delayed" (meaning that you don't notice until it is "obvious". It may be even a slight feeling of euphoria. What isn't obvious is that our brain, chakras, Nadi systems, subtle bodies and other neuro physiological mechanisms takes a great deal of pranic energy to run and adjust. The rudrakshas or other beads, are disproportionate in their overall size compared to the rest of our body, but of course proportionate to what it does. Click on the read more to know the exact amount of time Rudraksha beads take to generate effect
Pran Prathistha Ceremony of Rudraksha: Purifying the beads:
Praan Pratishtha means filling a diving object with ‘prana’, the life force. Rudraksha beads at Rudra Centre are purified before being sent out for delivery. Vedas recommend that any object associated with the Divine must be kept in the state of absolute purity. Just like we take bath in the Ganges in order to purify ourselves, divine objects like Rudraksha beads need to be purified. The purificatory process is called Pran Prathisha performed by experts and qualified Brahmins at Rudra Centre. The experts well-versed in Vedas chant suitable mantras dedicated to purifying divine objects and driving away negative energies. These mantras are powerful and their flawless utterances in line with Vedas purify the eads. Once they are purified, they are then neatly packed in clean cloth and delivered to the clients. To know how it is done in detail along with the Rudraksha mantras go to
Daily Puja of Rudraksha beads:
Rudraksha is a divine bead and it bestows all sorts of spiritual, mental physical benefits to its wearer. It works fully after Pranprathistha is done. However the wearer may choose to energize the bead continually at his end to derive maximum benefits. Click on the read more to find out how to do daily puja of Rudraksha beads
How to Identify Rudraksha Beads: Tests for a Genuine Rudraksha
To meet the ever increasing demand for different faceted beads, traders manufacture rarely found beads such as the one faced Rudraksha or beads higher than 12 mukhi Rudraksha. Mostly a higher mukhi is fashioned by carving a lower mukhi into having extra segments. Sometimes several lower mukhi Rudraksha are used to construct a higher mukhi Rudraksha. Beads of Areca nut, Nutmeg or wood are used to fashion Rudraksha Beads. In such circumstances the individual who wants to buy a genuine Rudraksha gets duped. There are few methods of testing a genuine Rudraksha:
Cut Test: A full proof method is to cut the Rudraksha bead horizontally. One will find the same number of compartments as that of the number of lines. However the drawback is that by this method, the bead gets destroyed.
Properties Test: The other is to find out whether the beads exhibit properties like inductance, capacitance, conduction of electric current etc.
Copper Coin Test: It is generally held that if Rudraksha beads are placed between two copper coins it should rotate slightly. This is due to the physical and magnetic properties of the Rudraksha beads. This test requires high level of expertise.
Eye test: A fake or the artificial Rudraksha may look like a real one but in these Rudraksha the facets (mukhis) cannot be made as real as those present on the real Rudraksha. In a Rudraksha the facets or the mukhis means deep lining from the upper part to the lower part of Rudraksha. Looking at these deep linings (facets) with the help of a magnifying glass, one can easily recognize a real Rudraksha.
Buying Rudraksha Online:
Today, a lot of people are turning to the use of Rudraksha beads for success in their career, professional undertakings, personal relationships, fulfillment of desires. There numerous studies and research projects aimed to demystify the workings of Rudraksha beads on the body.
We at Rudra Centre are catering to a large community of people who are looking for seeking solutions to emotional and financial problems. Because when your emotions and finances are healthy, your life itself becomes joy and you live in harmony with your near and dear ones. Rudra Centre offers certified Rudraksha beads sourced from Nepal and Java (Indonesia). These beads are genuine and can work as a cure for a wide variety of diseases, including, chronic headaches and backaches, digestive problems, allergies and skin problems, depression and insomnia and several kinds of emotional problems as well.
You can purchase online Rudraksha, gemstones, yantras, malas, bracelets, spiritual books CDs, meditation accessories, Vastu products and more
You can have a free consultation here You can order your Rudraksha beads as recommended by experts online.
In conclusion, one may remember the Divine in any way. Chanting on a Rudraksha bead mala is a subtle spiritual practice one may undertake every day in order to increase one’s concentration power, meditational strengths or attain the emotional stability.
Tips and Care for Your Beads:
Rudraksha divine beads can be worn by anybody irrespective of age, sex, caste, creed, culture and location. However, it is advisable that certain precautions should be taken while using Rudraksha since it is a divine gift and therefore very pious. We have a selection process through which we offer you energetic, healthy beads to give you best results. You may wait for a Monday as it is an auspicious day to start wearing your bead or you may wear your Rudraksha early morning on any auspicious day of the week after an early morning bath.
- Taken an early morning bath.
- Chant ‘OM Namah Shivay’ nine or one hundred and eight times.
- Chant the seed mantra of your Rudraksha bead nine or one hundred and eight times. (Seed mantra is given in the booklet given along with the bead)
- After this mantra chanting, wear it remembering the face of all-auspicious Lord Shiva.
- Wash beads with water or water mixed with Ganges water every week.
- Allow to dry under fan. If you reside in a humid climate, then you may soak the beads in water overnight and scrub with a hard plastic brush to clear the pores. Note that beads are strong and do not break with scrubbing. Once they are dry, apply a light oil like Olive and Sandalwood oil with a toothbrush.
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How do I choose a suitable Rudraksha for me?
Apply for online consultation to find your suitable Rudraksha combination. Know that Rudraksha are best worn as per the properties they provide, rather than as per your astrology chart.
You may take an online consultation for the selection of a suitable Rudraksha beads. We set your Rudraksha beads in accordance with Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST) only to give you positive results. Since Rudraksha beads possess their own properties, they should be worn based on the same, regardless of one’s horoscope.
Are there any harmful or side effects of wearing Rudraksha beads?
Since these beads are gifts from nature, a natural Rudraksha bead set in the right way and worn as per RRST will attract positive energies from the Cosmos. There is no harmful effect of wearing a Rudraksha bead.
Is wearing methodology important?
Yes. Holistic Healer Neeta Singhal with her in-depth knowledge of gems and Rudraksha beads has developed the proper way of wearing (RRST). Not only choosing the right bead matters but also wearing method. It is significant that the beads and gems be strung and worn the correct way so that they work on balancing chakras. Neeta Singhal’s RRST would certainly help the wearer benefit immensely.
What if I wear Rudraksha beads and gemstones around the neck rather than hands?
People initially find it uncomfortable to wear Rudraksha beads and gemstones on hands. But it is essential to wear as per RRST for full results. When you wear them in the recommended way, they tend to work on energizing your chakras. However, if you are unable to wear during the day, you may wear it at night or on holidays.
How do I determine the sizes of our upper arm or wrist for the Rudraksha bracelets? You can use a measuring tape to determine the size of your upper arm/wrist in inches/cm/mm and accordingly we will prepare your bracelet in adjustable size.
Dos and Don’ts of Rudraksha beads
Although, Rudraksha beads are nature’s best gifts, one should take care of it while wearing. One should ensure that the bead is worn for a maximum amount of time for better effect. You may want to know certain dos and don’ts of wearing the beads here
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