Rudraksha: Spirituality in a Jewel

The rudraksha are semi-oriental used for meditation and mantra recitation. They are also appreciated by the Ayurvedic tradition for their positive influence on the well-being of body and mind. Let’s discover their virtues and how to wear them.

Adorning body and mind with rudraksha seeds

From the plant of Elaeocarpus angustifolius come the wonderful red rudraksha seeds. These seeds are particularly well known to the Hindu tradition and Ayurvedic medicine because of their therapeutic and mystical properties. It is believed that by wearing these seeds around your neck you can receive beneficial effects on your heart and psyche.

Rudraksha seeds are believed to be useful in cases of stress, anxiety, fear and psychic fatigue. It is also thought that their positive energy favors good fortune.

Eastern civilizations associate this product with one of the major Hindu gods and use it for the creation of devotional and ornamental objects. The Sanskrit term rudraksha can be translated as “eyes of Shiva” and this idea finds a counterpart in mythology. According to legend it was the god Shiva who generated these seeds through his weeping.

The production of rudraksha seeds is concentrated in Asia and Oceania but their use for meditative and religious purposes is mainly typical of India. With the rudraksha are made in fact the so-called mala, crowns very similar to the rosaries of the western tradition used for the formulation of prayers and mantras.

Beyond religious beliefs, the jewels made with these seeds are original objects with a refined taste. The rudraksha can be worn in fact also as simple bracelets and necklaces and harmonize well with different styles of clothing.

Promoting spirituality with rudraksha’s evils

The mala are objects used for prayer by both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They are garlands traditionally composed of 108 grains used to facilitate the counting and recitation of prayers. The mala is not only a prayer instrument but also an object rich in symbols and spiritual meanings.

Mala can also be used for counting breaths during yoga practices or for the repetition of sacred chants and formulas. They are used by holding the crown in the right hand and grasping it clockwise. The mala should be placed on the middle finger, as it represents purity, and then slid with the thumb, the finger symbol of the divinity. The index finger and the little finger should not touch the crown as they symbolize man and inertia respectively.

In addition to rudraksha seeds, mala are often also composed of seeds of other plants such as lotus and bodhi or other materials such as wood, amber and stones of various kinds. Depending on the material of which it is composed, mala acquires a unique and particular energy.

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