Rudraksha is a divine seed of the plant Elaeocarpus ganitrus. By their name rudraksha, they mean to be the eyes of Lord Shiva.
As per Vedas, those who wear these beads can experience the power of Lord Shiva quickly.
Unlike the astrological gemstones, anyone can wear a rudraksha without a need for caution or consultation. This is because they have no untoward or adverse effects on the wearer. Also, they bring in the direct blessing of Lord Shiva (Rudra), and his divine effects.
Rudraksha benefits include
- Prevents untimely death
- Spiritual growth
- Provides stress relief
- Good health
- Wealth generation
- Peaceful married life
- Growth in Career
- Blesses children
- Acquiring knowledge
- Overcome depression
Avoid untimely death
Among the Hindu gods, Lord Shiva is the god of destruction. It is even said that he stays in burial grounds. And his mantra of “Om trayambakam” is the most powerful spell to remove disease and avoid death. So wearing rudraksha helps one avoid untimely death due to the blessings of Lord Shiva. Since these beads are favorites of Lord Shiva, it is believed that he bestows his divine blessings on the wearer.
For spiritual growth
Unlike the gemstones or other astrological manipulation, the Rudraksha takes the wearer towards the spiritual path. The person wearing the beads and praying to almighty will have intense spiritual progress. It helps him avoid bad deeds, overcome bad habits and their effects. It leads to more spiritual attendance.
Peace of mind
Rudraksha has electromagnetic and paramagnetic properties. They are worn on the upper part of the trunk. They are said to correct the heartbeat, respiration and also thought process. Thus, they relieve stress to the wearer and impart peace of mind.
The health of people depends on factors like food, rest and also stress. Most of the diseases are due to some sort of stress either in the mental or the physical sphere. Since rudraksha relives a person of stress, it contributes to his better health.
Besides, spiritual growth, rudraksha is also believed to enhance the wealth of a person. But for this one has to wear a particular faced rudraksha based on astrology. A rudraksha is classified as 1, 2, 3, 4,5,6,7,8,9, etc. Mukhi (faced-based on the longitudinal canals in it.) When a correct rudraksha is worn as per astrology, it imparts wealth to the wearer.
Peaceful married life
Rudraksha is also said to impart happy married life. Lord Shiva gives a divine blessing for those who are in love or marriage. Wearing Rudraksha helps one achieve a happy married life. Its effects are best when both of the partners wear the rudraksha.
Growth in Career
Rudraksha imparts positive energy and also a desire to work hard. It also keeps a person in a genuine track. By these traits, it helps one succeed in his career.
To have children
Many a couple will have intense psychological suffering due to a lack of children. Wearing rudraksha can help have children. This could be due to divine blessing as well as good mental and physical health imparted by it.
Helps Acquire knowledge
Since it propels the wearer to grow spiritually, Rudraksha helps the wearer to attain higher spiritual knowledge and wisdom. It motivates you to read spiritual book like the Bhagavad Gita.
Stress in life is prime cause of depression. The positive energies from the rudraksha and its ability to reduce stress help the person overcome depression.
How to wear a rudraksha
In general, everyone can wear any of the types of rudraksha. But there are many types of rudraksha based on the channels on it. These channels are called Mukhi (face). You can find 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and more mukhi rudrakshas.
However, you need to consult an expert to guide you with the most suitable rudraksha. But if you are not able to find an expert, I would advise you to just wear a 5 face (panchamukhi rudraksha). I too wear it and have found immense benefits from it. This panchamukhi is beneficial for anyone and helps give many of the benefits mentioned above.
In case you have a specific problem in life, you can consult an astrologer and decide which type is the best for you. One can wear as many rudrakshas as he wishes.
But, it is difficult to find a genuine rudraksha in the market. Of the types, Pancha Mukhi (5 faced) rudraksha is commonly available and everyone can wear them. Be careful to buy a genuine one. A genuine one would be having clear faces and also would not float on water or milk.
The rules to follow thereon
As anyone can wear a rudraksha, a simple mantra of: “Om Namah Shivaya” should be spelled by the person while wearing a rudraksha.
It is important to purify the bead by placing it in raw cow milk, coconut oil and then wear it.
It should be worn preferably in the neck as a bead suspended by gold or even simple thread. It can also be worn around the arms but not below the trunk.
One also needs to put the bead before the feet of Lord Shiva in a temple or at home and then wear it.
It should be removed when the wearer intends to have a non-veg diet and again worn following day after a bath.
Also, in case you lose it. try to get a new one as soon as possible.