Ru­draksh: What is it?

Deccan Chronicle - - OPED - Sad­hguru

Ru­draksh is the seed of a par­tic­u­lar tree species which usu­ally grows at a cer­tain al­ti­tude in the moun­tains — mainly in the Hi­malayan re­gion. Ru­draksh has a very unique vi­bra­tion. You might have no­ticed that when you go to a new place, in some places you can fall asleep eas­ily whereas in cer­tain other places you can­not fall asleep even if you are phys­i­cally tired. This is be­cause if the sit­u­a­tion around you is not con­ducive to your kind of en­ergy, it will not let you set­tle down. A ru­draksh is a very good sup­port be­cause it cre­ates a co­coon of your own en­ergy. It is a very good tool for a per­son who con­stantly eats and sleeps in dif­fer­ent places.

A ru­draksh is also a kind of shield against neg­a­tive en­er­gies. It is pos­si­ble for some peo­ple to use neg­a­tive en­er­gies to cause harm to some­body else. There need not be a huge fear about such things, but a ru­draksh is a kind of pro­tec­tion from that.

The num­ber of faces a ru­draksh can have varies from a sin­gle face up to 21 faces. They are used for dif­fer­ent pur­poses so it would be im­proper to just buy some ru­draksh in the shop and put it on the body, but a five-faced ru­draksh or a Pan­chamukhi is safe and good for every­body. It is for gen­eral well-be­ing, health and free­dom; it low­ers your blood pres­sure, calms your nerves and brings a cer­tain calm­ness and alert­ness in your ner­vous sys­tem.

A guru usu­ally en­er­gises a ru­draksh in dif­fer­ent ways for dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple. For peo­ple in fam­ily sit­u­a­tions, the ru­draksh is en­er­gised in one way. For a sanyasi, the ru­draksh is en­er­gised in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.

The ru­draksh was al­ways dealt with by peo­ple who held it as a sa­cred duty in their lives. Tra­di­tion­ally, for gen­er­a­tions they dealt only in ru­draksh. But once the de­mand be­came too much, com­merce came in. In In­dia, there is an­other seed called badraksh which is a poi­sonous seed. To look at, it is ex­actly like ru­draksh. Only if you take it in your hand and if you are sen­si­tive, will you know the dif­fer­ence. This is a poi­sonous seed; it should not be worn on the body, but this is be­ing sold as ru­draksh in many places. So it is im­por­tant that you get your ru­draksh from a trusted source. If you have cho­sen to pu­rify your life, ru­draksh is a good tool, an aid, a lit­tle sup­port on the way. When some­body is walk­ing the spir­i­tual path, he wants to use ev­ery lit­tle sup­port that he can find on the way to see that he en­hances him­self, and ru­draksh is def­i­nitely a very good sup­port. The writer, an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned spir­i­tual leader, is a vi­sion­ary, hu­man­i­tar­ian, au­thor, poet and speaker. He can be con­tacted at www.ishafoun­da­tion.org

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