How and Why to wear a Rudraksha?
Apart from being a huge aid in the attaining higher levels of spirituality and supporting to enhance one’s spiritual growth, the Rudraksha also has a major impact on the physical and mental well-being on a person. Rudraksha is a compound word in Sanskrit language made of two separate words i.e Rudra and aksha. According to Hinduism, Rudra is one of Lord Shiva's vedic(mentioned in the vedas, vedic texts) names and Aksha means teardrops. Thus, the name means Lord Rudra's teardrops.
The best quality ones come from a certain altitude in Himalayas because of the soil, atmosphere, and everything that influences them. These seeds are quite rare and have a very unique vibration. The curative properties of it have been utilized worldwide for a number of physical, mental and psychosomatic illnesses. Absolutely anyone, irrespective of their gender, cultural, ethnic, geographical or religious background can wear Rudraksha. Just make sure you get it from a genuine and authentic source.
A few things to keep in mind while wearing a Rudrakasha :
- It can be worn at all times including during sleep.
- Don't Eat non vegeterian food or consume alcoholic substances.
- Never let the mala in contact with any metal, its energy may conflict with the metal.
- Remove the mala before going any funerals and child birth places.
- Don't lend your mala to anyone or show it off.
- Avoid wearing it in hot water showers and while using chemical cleansers.
- Don't touch the mala repeatedly or fidget with it.
For a person who is constantly moving, eats and sleeps in various places, Rudraksha is a very good support because it creates a cocoon around you. A cocoon of your own energy(aura), it cleanses your aura. You might have
noticed that when you go to a new place, sometimes you can fall asleep easily, whereas in certain other places you cannot fall asleep even if you are physically exhausted. The reason behind this is, if the vibrations and energy around you are not conducive to your kind of energy, you will not be able to settle down.
Usually the beads are strung together as a mala in a cotton or silk thread. Traditionally, it is believed the number of beads is 108 plus one. The extra bead is the Bindu. You can even wear it when you shower. If you take cold water baths and are not using any chemical detergent, it is especially good for the water to flow over it and upon your body. But if you are using chemical soaps or warm water, it becomes brittle and will crack after sometime, so it is best to avoid wearing it at such times.
Conditioning of Rudrakshas should be done every six months. To condition Rudraksha mala or beads, immerse them in ghee (clarified butter) for 24 hours and then soak them in full-fat milk for an additional 24 hours. Wash it water and
wipe the beads with a clean cloth. Do not wash them with detergent or any cleansing substance.
Hope this gives you clear picture of all the myths and facts that revolve around Rudrasha. Thinking of getting one for yourself?
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