Sacred Seed Series: The Spiritual Significance of Rudraksha Seeds
Rudrakshas are found mostly in Nepal and the islands of Java and Sumatra. They can be found in various sizes, shapes and colors but the hard, natural, groovy texture is similar amongst all. Metal is not meant to be used to group the seeds together so cord or thread is used. They are most popular in the form of malas, including wrist malas.
Name and Meaning
In Sanskrit, Rudra is a name for the Hindu God Lord Shiva (roughly translated as the roarer or howler), God of Destruction. Aksha means teardrops.
Origin of the Meaning
According to the Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva woke from a deep meditation, opened his eyes and tear drops fell to the earth. These tear drops took the from of seeds that became the rudraksha tree.
Why They are Meaningful to Wear
Wearing rudraksha seeds is believed to bring eternal blessings and is deemed closest to Lord Shiva himself. The five mukhi (sections) rudraksha from Nepal, is believed to hold strong healing properties as well as being a tool for awakening consciousness.
Hindus have been using rudraksha seeds in malas for thousands of years for meditation and prayer, creating a sacred connection between mind, body and soul. This connection is beneficial to everyone regardless of religion or background.
Rudraksha seeds are believed to offer protection to individuals constantly traveling. It is believed that the seeds create a protective layer of one's own energy to maintain peace when the external energy differs from the internal energy.
The seeds have also been used for many years in Indian medicine for various medicinal purposes, allowing the person to maintain health on his or her journey. These are perfect if your lifestyle revolves around travel and wanderlust.
"Not all who wonder, are lost." -J.R.R Tolkien
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