Importance of Rudraksha
"Mlechkhho Vaapi chandalo Yukto Va sarvapaatakai,
There is no suspicion that even when men who are mlechchha, chandaal (impious and inhumane) or he who is full of all kinds of vices, when adorns a Rudraksha gets the form of Lord Rudra.
"Dhyaan dharan Heenoapi Rudraksham Dharaya Budhah,
A man with meditation and perseverance and a wise man who wears Rudraksha gets rid of all the sins and attains the supreme goal of the human life.
"Shiva Poojayam Asya Mala Dharana ma vashyakam"
It means that Rudraksha mala must be worn at the time of worshipping Lord Shiva.
"Rudraksha Kewalam Waapi Yatra Kutra Mahamate,
Rudraksha can be worn by chanting mantra or without chanting it , with reverence or without it, with devotion or without it, with shame or without same i.e. with whatsoever procedure a man who wears Rudraksha gets rid of all kinds of sins and gets knowledge well.
"Shiva bhaktya shantaya dadyadrudrakshashuttaman,
A Shiv bhakta i.e. devotee of Lord Shiva should be given Rudraksha for peace. The limitlessness of the result of its virtues cannot be described. A man, who gives food to the wearer of Rudraksha, reaches Rudraloka i.e. the kingdom of Lord Rudra after providing salvation to seven orders of his ancestors.
If the wearer of the Rudraksha dies, he does not take another birth, he reaches the kingdom of Rudra. If a man who is wearing Rudraksha around the neck or an arm, dies, he lives in the kingdom of Rudra after providing salvation to 21 orders of his ancestors.
A man who wears Rudraksha with Pearls, Coral, Crystal, Silver, Gold or other precious stone, takes the form of Lord Shiva. The devotee who worships Lord Shiva in the form of Rudraksha devotedly, becomes a king inspite of being poor.
"Arudrakshadharo Bhootwa yadyat Karmach Vaidikam,
A man who perform Vedic rituals, chanting mantras, yajnas etc without wearing Rudraksha, gets no virtue or fruit.
"Snane dane jape home vaishvadeva surarchne,
Failing to wear Rudraksha, a man who performs religious deeds/bathing, worshipping gods Vishwadeva to perform the penitence (repent) and shraadhda karmas (deeds for bygone souls) , at initiation, falls prey to innocence and worldly attachment and at last falls into hell i.e. his down-fall comes. It is the reason why a man should wear Rudraksha while performing religious activities.
The wearer of Rudraksha not only makes Lord Shiva happy but pleases Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, Ganesh, Kaartikey, Durga, Indra, Aditya and the ruling deities of the nine planets.
No men, seers and scholars are tired of describing the importance of Rudraksha. Rudraksha is very much dear to Lord Shiva. No body can imagine the image of Lord Shiva without Rudraksha. Seeing, chanting and worshipping Rudraksha burns all the sins to ashes. A man can feel unlimited pleasure only by seeing Rudraksha. The wishers of devotion and salvation should wear it after purifying themselves. Mainly the devotees of Lord Shiva must wear it because it removes their numerous pains, sorrows, and calamities. Rudraksha fulfills all the wishes. It is peerless in the universe. It is the dearest ornament to Lord Shiva.
If an innocent, un devoted and immoral man wears Rudraksha with love and faith, he gets rid of all sins and attains the supreme goal. As long as a man keeps wearing Rudraksha, he does not fear untimely death. He cannot die without completing his span of life. At the time of death he gets the true knowledge of Lord Shiva and His abode too. One should wear Rudraksha by all bits of efforts.
Rudraksha Beads have been worn by mankind for thousands of years for good health, religious attainment through Japa and Shakti (power) and for the fearless life. Wherever Rudraksha is worshipped the Goddess of wealth always stays there. One can escape from untimely death by wearing Rudraksha. Rudraksha assists in awakening of Kundalini (the self pleasure point). Rudraksha is helpful for worldly and heavenly attainments. Rudraksha can make the whole family live together in peace and harmony. Rudraksha is best known for its biomedical properties and in controlling stress, hypertension and blood pressure. Rudraksha help increase Self power and invoke Self love. They also enhance the Charisma of the wearer. Rudraksha can cure various dangerous diseases like small pox, epilepsy, whooping cough etc. and heal the most poisonous wounds, if used as a prescription, in a specified method. It gives peace of mind to the wearer, stimulates the mind and sharpens the intellect.
Quotes from Ancient Texts
A person who wears all Rudraksha becomes like me.
Even Rudra attained Rudrahood only after wearing Rudraksha beads.
Just like Vishnu amongst men, Surya amongst all the planets, Ganga among rivers, Kashyap among human, Shiva amongst all Gods, Parvati amongst all Goddesses is Highest and Praised. Similarly Rudraksha is the Highest amongst All. Hence there is no Sloka or fast above Rudraksha - Shrimad Devi Bhagwatam