Updated: Jun 23, 2019
An ancient legend goes to say that Rudraksha, Elaeocarpus ganitrus, is actually the eye of the God - Shiva. The seed is therefore known as Rudraksha which is a Sanskrit word and is a combination of two words - Rudra which connotes Lord Shiva & Aksha which actually means eyes or could be even tears. Commerce which surrounds the trade and sale of Rudraksha has spawned a huge industry around it. The people who deal with these seeds have various claims of its powers and attribute it to be the solution to all ills of human society.
Sifting the False from the Real
Claims have been made in India about the efficacy of the Rudraksha in treating bile disorders, psychological disturbances, depression and a host of other mental and physical abnormalities. Greed of man takes over and at times, wild berries and nuts are carved and made to look like the original Rudraksha and these fakes are sold off to gullible customers. All this has nothing to do with either being spiritual OR organic and eco-friendly.
I have personally seen so many sincere spiritual seekers being fooled by avaricious marketers by selling them Japamalas or rosaries made of the Badraksha seed and not the Rudraksha. Both these seeds look exactly the same but only a trained eye can spot the difference. There is also a different feel and vibration to it.
In this post and our future ones we will look closely at this topic in an extremely objective manner, and in due course will furnish you with enough evidence and testimonials and posts to blow up any false claims or myths surrounding this seed. At the same time, we will not refrain from showcasing the potency of its claim to being an auspicious seed directly from the authoritative figures of spirituality in India, Brasil, Australia, US, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia & Singapore.
Significance of worship of plants & trees
Indians have been worshiping trees since the Vedic period, and probably even before. In Indian culture trees are believed to have consciousness and awareness like humans, which is why they feel pain as well as pleasure like us. So trees and their products are part of Indian rituals and ceremonies. With passage of time different trees like neem (Azadirachta indica), banyan (Ficus bengalensis), bel (Aegle marmelos) and many more have been added to the religious ceremonies. Even various Gods and Goddess have been associated with different trees like bel. The Rudraksa has been associated with Lord Shiva, Peepal to Lord Vishnu, Mango (Mangifera indica) to Lord Hanuman, Ashoka to Kamadeva, etc. The source of traditional knowledge systems in India actually dates back to the Vedic civilization.
When we analyze this further we begin to see that all these plants, herbs, roots, seeds venerated by Indians and weaved into their religious ceremonies are actually products of immense benefits to modern day science. They all seem to have some application or the other in the field of science and medicine. The Rudraksha is no different and we will look deeper into it in our future posts.