Lord Shiva is unique in his appearance. His appearance is enhanced by natural elements. A snake wraps around his neck and a tiger skin covers his body. Ganga flows through his hair, while a crescent moon covers his head. His entire body is covered in sacred ash. A rosary of beads or seeds from the Rudraksha tree is shown on his body, creating much curiosity among believers.
What is Rudraksha?
Rudraksha is also known as Elaeocarpus Ganitrus. This is an evergreen, large tree that grows in subtropical conditions. It is a large evergreen tree that is found in the Himalayas foothills, the Gangetic plains and other regions of Southeast Asia, including Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The outer husk of the Rudraksha seed is blue once it is fully ripe. Blue is often used to represent infinity and Lord Shiva is frequently depicted with this color. Because of its association to Lord Shiva, this seed has great spiritual significance for spiritual seekers. It is revered for its representation of the Lord’s tears. What made Lord Shiva so sad? Soon, we will discover that these were not tears from sorrow. Let’s first look at the meaning of Rudra.
The one that makes us cry – Rudra
Rudra, another name for Lord Shiva in his aspect of the dissolver, is Rudra. Rudra can have multiple meanings. Adi Shankara’s commentary on the Vishnu Sahasranama explains that Rudra means “the one who makes all creatures cry at the time when cosmic dissolution occurs”.
According to the Rig Veda, Rukha Dravyati Iti Rudra is the correct word. Rukha is the word for misery, and Dravyati refers to the ability to eradicate. Rudra is the one who eliminates misery. Rudra, also known as the Rudraksha, transforms sorrowful tears into joy. It is the supreme consciousness (Brahman), as described in the Svetasvatara upanishad. He is not only the destroyer but also the Supreme Being. Rud means “to cry”, and Ra refers to the light, or divine consciousness, that pervades the entire cosmos. The floodgates of the eyes widen when a being experiences divinity. This can lead to joy and tears. Rudra refers to the consciousness that brings forth tears of love and joy, bliss, and gratitude. This was true even when the lord himself was involved, according to legend. It is the root of “the tears of Rudra”, and aksha means tears.
Rudraksha, Lord Shiva’s tears
Legend has it that Lord Shiva once went on a lengthy period of penance, becoming completely absorbed in his blissful self. He eventually woke up and his tears fell to the ground. The tears turned into a seed that grew into a tree which became the Rudraksha tree. Lord Shiva gave the seeds of this tree special powers that can help us in our spiritual evolution. It is the aksha from Rudra. It brings us Raksha protection and helps us overcome obstacles on our spiritual journey. Shiva Purana says that the wearer gains identity with Lord Shiva.
Rudraksha’s scientific significance
The Vedas also associate Rudra with the storm and wind. This cosmic wind is not your ordinary wind. Scientists have discovered that interstellar material, which is constantly moving particles throughout the cosmos, has been found. This matter is responsible for the creation and destruction of celestial bodies. These particles are what connect objects and keep the cycle going of creation and recreation. These particles create the cosmic winds. These winds are extremely powerful and produce a howling sound throughout the universe that is not perceptible to the human ear.
Our Puranas Rudra is associated with the howling sound that he makes as he embarks on his destruction spree. This destruction should not be taken as a negative, but it is meant to help with regeneration. These cosmic winds are Rudra, which is the energy of the universe that is tremendously powerful and sweeps throughout the universe.
What is the relationship between the cosmic winds, Rudraksha and each other?
Rudraksha can also be derived from Rudra Akarshana , where the word akarshana is to attract. It attracts Rudra, or the cosmic particles. They channel them throughout our bodies, much like an antenna. These energies, attracted by Rudraksha, bring more vitality to the system, which leads to harmony and health, as well as removing negative energy.
Benefits of wearing Rudraksha
What are the advantages of wearing a Rudraksha mala?
- Itacts as a protective shield to the body
- Radiates special energy which has a positive impact on the body, mind and soul
- It reduce negative karma
- Concentration increases
- Eliminates harmful planetary effects
- Peace and harmony bring peace
- Controls stress and regulates blood pressure
- Balances the chakras, and eliminates potential illness
Rudraksha Jabala upanishad
In the Sama Veda, the Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad is one of 108 minor Upanishads. It takes the form of a conversation between Lord Rudra (sage Sanatkumar). This Upanishad contains interesting information about the Rudraksha, and specifically discusses the classification of Rudraksha.
Types of Rudraksha, and their significance
Available in different versions, mukhis Faces, also known as faces, can range from one face to 21 faces. These are available in numbers 1-14. Each one has its own significance.
1 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Shiva is the presiding Deity of this. It is a way to be aware of the supreme consciousness. It awakens the supreme consciousness.
2 Mukhi Rudraksha
Ardhanarishwar, The combined Form of ShivaShakti is the presiding Deity of this shrine. It is a symbol of unity and harmony. It represents Guru-shishya’s relationship and brings unity and harmony.
3 Mukhi Rudraksha
This is the presiding divinity, Agni (or fire). It allows you to release the past karma bonds.
4 Mukhi Rudraksha
Guru is the presiding Deity of this Rudraksha It is a great resource. It aids those who seek higher knowledge.
5 Mukhi Rudraksha
Kalagni Rudra, the presiding divinity in this shamanistic tradition, is Kalagni. It increases our inner awareness and leads us to our Higher Self.
6 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Karthikeya, the presiding deity in this temple. It promotes emotional stability and overall balance.
7 Mukhi Rudraksha
This is Goddess Lakshmi, the presiding Deity. It opens up new avenues for wealth, and it also improves our health.
8 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Ganesha, the presiding deity. It Facilitates the elimination of obstacles
9 Mukhi Rudraksha
This is the presiding divinity, Goddess Durga. It is a symbol of power and dynamism that allows us to gain both worldly pleasures and liberation.
10 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Krishna is the presiding Deity of this. It is a symbol of love and peace. This is the most powerful, according to the Scriptures Rudrakshas.
11 Mukhi Rudraksha
This is the home of the 11 minor Rudras, which are the presiding deities. It is a good idea. It reduces the negative impact of the planets.
12 Mukhi Rudraksha
This is why the sun is the presiding god. It gives you radiance, power, and helps you get rid of low self-esteem.
13 Mukhi Rudraksha
Kamadeva is the presiding Deity of this shrine. It attracts us and facilitates awakening of kundalini, and other powers. (siddhi).
14 Mukhi Rudraksha
Lord Hanuman, the presiding deity in this temple, It is a symbol of courage and will power. It is a symbol of courage and will power.
15 Mukhi Rudraksha and 21 Mukhi Rudraksha are rare to find and not often used.