I have been wearing rudraksha seeds around my neck since the early 1970s. Most people have no idea of the power that these sacred seeds contain. To even gaze upon rudraksha, brings a spiritual blessing! The Dahli Lama and a very large faction of India’s holy men wear them. Why? What am I talking about? Rudraksha is a large evergreen broad-leaved tree, bearing the scientific name of Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. It grows primarily in Nepal, northern India and Indonesia. And it has many benefits for mankind.
Each seed has cleavage lines, dividing it into a number of faces; five being the most common. Rudraksha can have up to twenty-one faces- with four, five and six faced seeds being 80% of the availability. A one faced seed is very rare to find, and usually isn’t worn but kept in a sacred place, like an altar. Likewise, seeds bearing large numbers of faces are hard to find too. A single tree can bear much fruit with many different faces on its seeds. To get 108 seeds of the same size, quality and number of faces is what makes a mala, or rosary, of these sacred seeds so special; not to mention a few other things too.
The mythology behind rudraksha is fascinating. It is believed that Lord Shiva, 125,000 years ago, shed tears for mankind that fell upon earth and sprouted the first rudraksha trees. These seeds are the holy tears of God that contain secrets of the entire cosmos within them. The word Rudraksha literally stands for “tear of Lord Shiva”. Shiva is always depicted wearing a mala of rudraksha. These seeds even look like the human brain. Experiments have concluded that rudraksha contains both electromagnetic and dipolar properties. These dipolar qualities have the capacity to change negative energies into positive energies naturally. When worn against the skin, rudraksha creates specific electric impulses that are sent to the brain through a reflex skin response. Rudraksha have a positive effect on blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression palpitation and lack of concentration too. I personally feel that the wearing of rudraksha puts me in a more alpha state of mind.
After wearing rudraksha for nearly four decades now, I can attest to many of its qualities and attributes. I have had many malas over the years; most seeds had five faces, but one mala had sixed faced seeds and another had seven faced seeds. The six faced mala I stumbled across at the 1995 Kumbha Mela in Allahabad, India, amongst ten million holy men and followers. A six faced seed bestows blessings on singers and writers. As I’m both a singer/songwriter and an author, I wore this mala most of the time that I was writing my inspirational memoir, Still Singing, Somehow. The seven faced mala appeases the negative influences of the planet Saturn in my astrology. I have had what I would call “aware” people ask me, “What are those beautiful seeds you are wearing around your neck?” Unbeknownst to them, they were attracted somehow instantly and intuitively relating to the blessings being bestowed. It is said that those who wear rudraksha shall walk the world as Shiva and cannot be killed by any demons. I should have been dead a few times in my life from near tragic accidents and other bad incidents, or demons, but I’m still alive and still singing somehow, as I continue to wear rudraksha daily. There are websites online that explain in much more detail the mystery and beauty of these ancient sacred seeds. Any mantras said with rudraksha increases their potency a hundred fold. Om Namaha Shivaya

Author's Bio: 

Singer/songwriter Rob Rideout is the award winning author of Still Singing, Somehow. He lives on a farm overlooking Colville, WA with his three cats Baba, Maya and Olive. He just released a second book of poetry, based on his song lyrics and has a CD of original songs scheduled for release May 2011. These songs of three decades are meant to accompany both books. Rob’s books can be viewed or purchased @ www.stillsingingsomehow.com He can be contacted there too.