RUDRAKSHA – GIFT OF SHIVA
Yoga instructors often wear rudraksha mala. People sometimes ask questions about them. What it is? What are these “beads” made of? What are they needed for? We will try to answer these questions in this article.
One can also use the book “शिव का वरदान रुद्राक्ष एवं रत्न परिचय” (“Shiva‘s Gift – Rudraksha and Acquaintance with Precious Stones”), bought in Rishikesh.
So the rudraksha is the seed of the fruit of the rudraksha tree. These trees grow on the Indo-Gandhi plain and in the foothills of the Himalayas. That is, in India, Nepal, Indonesia and some other neighboring countries.
Legend of the origin of the Rudraksha tree and its fruits
In ancient times, three asuras (demons), after successfully completing austerities, received the gift of the opportunity to build three planets, like three fortresses, practically indestructible. The only thing that could destroy them is a single arrow shot, piercing all three planets at once. These planets were called Tripura, which in translation from Sanskrit just means “three fortresses”.
Having built Tripura, these asuras began to conquer the rest of the world, which led to problems for the Gods and people. And then the main Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Indra came to Shiva and asked him to destroy Tripura.
Choosing a time when all three planets stood in one line, Shiva took up a weapon called Kalagni (black fire). With one shot, he struck these planets. This weapon caused a strong flash of light and everyone who saw this light died.
After that, about 2 thousand years of the Gods in the Universe there was chaos and confusion. Seeing this, Shiva was upset, and tears rolled from his eyes. Where these tears fell in the human world, Rudraksha trees grew.
These trees, beloved by Shiva, appeared in Mathura, Ayodhya, Kasi (Varanasi), the Himalayas, Lanka and other places, destroying many sins. The fruit of Rudraksha is revered in all three worlds (in the world of people, Gods and Asuras (demons). Just touching the Rudraksha is beneficial, and the use of mala (rosary) from Rudraksha destroys many sins and brings many benefits.
Rudraksha malas are used during japa – reciting short mantras during meditation.
Rudrakshas are different. First of all, they come in different colors: white (rarely found), brownish-golden, brownish-reddish and dark. It is believed that they correspond to varnas (castes): brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaisyas, sudras.
They also differ in “mukham”. Mukha in Sanskrit means face. In other languages, the word “face” is often used in this context. So, faces are sectors separated by grooves on the bone.
There is a rather interesting classification of Rudraksh according to these faces. It is described in an ancient Indian legend called Skanda Purana. In it, Shiva talks with his son Kartikeya and tells him about the faces of the Rudraksh. In the book “Gift of Shiva – Rudraksha” a text based on “Skanda Purana” is written
Importance and Benefits of wearing Nine Mukhi Rudraksha
This rudraksha is associated with no kuli naag – the nine great serpents. One who wears this rudraksha after the corresponding Sidhhi is successful in any undertaking. Also, this Rudraksha correlates with Nava-Shakti and it is believed that nine great Nagas dwell in it. Therefore, it is used in the treatment of a snakebite – for this, the nine-faced Rudraksha is placed in a copper vessel with water and the mantras of this Rudraksha and/or fragments of Vedic hymns from snakebites are recited over it. After that, the water is given to the patient to drink.
1. Nine Mukhi Rudraksha reduces the effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh
This rudraksha neutralizes the Kaal Sarp effects of yogic practice. It is also advised to wear it for those who feel like a loser, a loser, or who face too many obstacles – this rudraksha bestows luck and success on its wearer – nothing negative will have an impact on the owner of this rudraksha. She also cleans her owner from all sins, helps him to gather strength. Its nine faces govern the nine senses – therefore it is the best for all activities.
2. Improves the results of Planet Ketu and leads him to the path of Spiritualism
Astrological meaning: The ruling planet is Ketu. This rudraksha is beneficial for overcoming the negative effects of Ketu, which in turn helps to heal diseases of the lungs, eyes, intestines, skin, pain in the body.
According to the Puranas, its ruler is Ketu; it is also considered the form and personification of Nava-Durga and concentrates in itself the sum of the power of the Nine Shakti; we bless its bearer by Durga herself, the Mother of the World. This person receives the gift of strength, endurance, courage, courage, fame, and much more. His sadhana and devotion to God will also be successful. A person who wears the nine-faced rudraksha and at the same time worships Sri Yantra will receive all the pleasures of this world and attain Moksha. This rudraksha also neutralizes the negative effects and diseases of Ketu – diseases of the lungs, skin, eyes, intestines, fever, etc.
3. One gets the blessings of Goddess Durga
The nine-faced Rudraksha is associated with the name of Kapila. It takes away many sins. This rudraksha also represents the nine forms of Goddess Durga.
It should be worn on the right shoulder and around the neck. Putting it on the neck, one should recite the mantra “ॐ ह्रीं दुर्गायै नमः” – “Om Hrim Durgaei Namaha”. Then the troubles that occur will go away and the enemies will be destroyed.
4. Bestows the wearer with Wealth and Removes the Fear of Death.
In addition, the nine-faced rudraksha helps to obtain wealth. Therefore, it can be worn by every person. Wearing it also relieves the fear of death.
For women, this rudraksha is very useful. The wearing of this rudraksha satisfies the nine Goddesses and benefits from them in various ways.
How to use the Nine Mukhi Rudraksha? According to the Vedic Scriptures.
Nine-faced Rudraksha is a unique Rudraksha with a growth on one of the faces in the form of Ganesha’s trunk. Possesses many times more power than just a 9-faced Rudraksha. Wearing it indescribably pleases this Elephant-faced God, and he bestows all kinds of perfections (siddhis).
From Padma Purana: The nine-faced rudraksha is called Bhairava. The sin of killing people is quickly consumed by wearing a nine-faced rudraksha. In heaven, the gods honor him as Indra. He is Ganesha, residing in an excellent abode like Shiva himself.
From Shiva Purana: Rudraksha with nine faces – Bhairava. Her seer (rishis) is Kapila, the dominant goddess is the ninefold Durga (Navadurga) or Maheshwari herself. This rudraksha should be worn on the left wrist with great devotion. Such a person will undoubtedly become Sarveshvara (Lord of all) like Me.
From the Devibhagavata Purana: The nine -faced Rudraksha is Bhairava and should be worn on the right hand. It provides all pleasure and moksha, purifies from the sin of killing an unborn child (abortion) and hundreds of brahmanas. Grants power equal to the gods. She also represents Yama, the god of death, and therefore drives away the fear of death.
From the Rudrakshajabal Upanishad: The nine-faced Rudraksha represents the nine manifestations of Shakti (the Energies of the Mother Goddess), and they all like it.
From the Mantra Maharnava:The nine-faced Rudraksha is Bhairava himself. It should be worn on the left hand. She bestows liberation. The wearer attains a power equal to me. She burns away the sins of committing millions of murders of a brahmana.
Mantra: Om Hrim Namah or Om Hum Namah or Ganesha mantras, for example: Om Gan Ganapataye Namah
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