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The story behind Rudrakshas

 

(rude/rock/sha)

 

Rudrakshas are a symbol of compassion, humanity and a simple reminder of the present.   As the story goes, Lord Shiva was meditating in the forest on the state of the world.  He began to cry tears of compassion and as his tears hit the ground they formed the rudraksha seed.  Rudraksha literally translated means “eyes of Shiva”.

Only Bali Malas has the source for highest quality small rudraksha beads in the world. Making Bali Malas the most sacred, healing of malas.

Rudrakshas may be the earliest known form of prayer beads, having been worn since at least 1000B.C.  Malas have been used for centuries traditionally to count mantras (prayers) during meditation practices.

Today, malas are being used more and more as a personal adornment by non-meditators and meditators alike, those who are seeking transformation of a calmer mind, body and soul.  When  one absentmindedly reaches to the neck during the day and feels a mala , it is a reminder to come back to the breath, to be aware.   When leaning over  the mala dangles into eyesight, another awakening, another gentle nudge.

The divine quality of this bead were first noted in ancient Hindu scriptures and have proclaimed through the ages to; bless one with peace of mind; protect against evil doers and spirits; bless one with peace and prosperity.  Buddha wore rudraksha beads, along with the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, and many enlightened yogis.  When worn against the skin and especially over the heart chakra, they act upon the heart by opening it and offering it protection.  They are immediately cooling to the touch, calming to the mind, and pleasingly soft to the eye.

The rudraksha berry varies in size and has smooth green skin and  pulp much like a green grape.  Lodged within the pulp is a single seed which has a rough surface and a hole running through it from top to bottom.  It is these seeds which are the Rudraksha beads.

Bali Malas uses rudrakshas of uncommon size (5.5mm-10mm) more commonly found rudrakshas are much larger. Because our beads are smaller they are also more rare, and potent.   The smaller the rudraksha bead the more auspicious they are.  A rudraksha is believed to impart different types of benefits according to the number of segments (similar to that of an orange) or mukhi.  Each seed possesses from 1-21 vertical lines running down its surface, like the longitude lines on a globe.  These lines are known as mukhi and are a natural formation of the seed.  We use only rudrakshas of five mukhi.  It is traditionally believed that they can destroy negative thought and grant the wearer peace of mind, clarity, and purpose. Astrologically five mukhi rudrakshas reduce the harmful affects of the planet Jupiter, such as lack of peace of mind, poverty, lack of harmony.   Jupiter governs knowledge and glamour, money and material.  Rudrakshas of different mukhi may be special ordered.  Contact Karyn@balimalas.com for more information on rudrakshas of a specific mukhi.

Scientifically rudraksha contain carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. When we wear rudraksha against our bodies we are literally carrying sacks of oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Soaking up the vibration of pure living organisms, in doing so helping many to feel “in nature”.  Many people believe that this helps to produce freedom from stress, depression and lethargy.  Transcending science, there is an unexplainable positive powerful force manifested in rudraksha.

Our beads are grown on sustainable plantations in South East Asia. All beads are authentic. We use first quality un-tumbled beads. We check the vibration (power) of each bead before use.

Whenever possible, our malas are made to the specific spiritual numbers of beads: 108, 72,  54 etc.   Our gold work uses top quality 22 karat gold. For silver we use highest quality 92.5% sterling.

We intentionally combine powerful gems and rudrakshas to heighten the relationship to the wearer and to increase effects. Please see our page entitled “Healing Properties” for more details on the all of our different gems and their benefits.

Care of Rudrakshas:

  • When not in use, store your mala in a special, clean and preferably sacred space.
  • Keep the beads as close to your skin as possible.
  • Clean and oil regularly, use coconut or sandalwood oil and bath in incense, especially when not using for some time.
  • Keep them off the ground.
  • Rudrakshas are very holy and should be treated with respect.
  • The greater care you give your rudraksha the longer it will shower benefits on you.

We also offer Chikna rudraksha beads.  Chikna beads are quite rare and highly concentrated with the energy of rudraksha, they are much smoother and softer to the touch than regular rudraksha beads.

 

 

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