Rudraksha, meaning the eye of Rudra [Shiva], is considered to be the most potent manifestation of the Cosmic Force. Hence Rudraksha is the object of veneration and also the source to reach the higher self.
Rudraksha is often believed to symbolize the link between the earth and the heaven. These beads are the seeds of the Rudraksha fruit obtained from Rudraksha trees.
The Rudrakasha tree is botanically known as ELAEOCARPUS GANITRUS ROXB. Its English name is UTRASUM BEAD TREE. Rudraksha trees are mostly found in South Eastern Asian Islands of Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Iran, Java, Timor (Indonesia) and parts of South Asian Kingdom of Nepal. Around 70% of the Rudraksha trees are found in Indonesia, 25% in Nepal and 5% in India.
Considered a major stress reliever, reducing circulatory problems, the berry (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus) was first spotted in Indonesia and is now grown in Nepal and Hardwar. However, because it is expensive, clinical research of its medicinal properties has not been possible.
There are clefts called MUKHIS on the surface of the beads. The number of mukhis on the surface of a Rudrakasha bead helps in determining its quality. According to the number of mukhis the rudrakasha bead ranges from single face to a several faced bead. Asians have used Rudraksha beads traditionally. Asian Yogis and Monks found that merely wearing the Rudraksha beads gave them astonishingly tremendous amount of tranquility, concentration that helped them meditate for a long period of time with spectacular control over their mind.
The true account of the origin of the Holy Rudraksha is found in the Shiva Purana.
||EFFECTS / BENEFITS
- Neutralizes your wrongdoings.
- Attracts wealth.
- Protects from untimely death.
- Helps to instill good habits.
- Protects child when you are pregnant,
- Keeps you free from tension.(very beneficial for ladies working outside the home)
- · Aids in education,
- · Keeps mind fresh
- · Provides knowledge and good thinking (beneficial for students and children)
- · Keeps free from diseases,
- · Saves from natural calamity
(Drinking water in which this is soaked, and wearing it protects you from many diseases)
- Creates a peaceful environment in the home
- Provides mental peace
- · Improvement in business
- · Increase of wealth
- · Success and victory
- · Increase in prestige,
- · Helps restart stalled projects
- · Controls temper, creating peace in the home
- · Gives control over yourself and surroundings
- · Self-confidence,
- · memory-power,
- · knowledge
(specially for lethargy and depression).
(beneficial for those in public life)
- · Drives away sorrow and brings happiness
- · Blessing of offspring
- · Stops physical and mental stress
- · Prevents accidents
(beneficial for those with a weak constitution)
- Reduces or eliminates the effects of errors committed,
- Makes the wearer powerful,
- Provides money and attraction
- · Fulfils the desires of the heart
- · Brings happiness,
- · Protects from any disasters
- · Represents husband,
- · Long life
- · Internal peace
(especially beneficial for happy married life).
- · Success
- · Improvement in business
||Beneficial for those who have
- · high blood pressure,
- · heart problems,
- · disorder in stomach
- · disturbance by ghost.
||Same as that of one face Rudhraksh
||Most beneficial Rudhrakash of all. (The beneficial effects of all the Rudrakashas may be attained by worshipping it and wearing it)
||Provides rare and scarcely available things.
(The beneficial effects of all the Rudrakashas may be attained by worshipping it and wearing it)
(effects can be seen in fourteen days.)
|Brahma Vishnu Mahesh
||This Rudraksh is make up of three Rudraksh naturally and it is regarded as the creator of entire universe as it has the symbols of all the three powerful gods in it. It is known as the most beneficial Rudraksh of all. It is very rarely found.
A single Diya or lamp holds infinite beauty and hope.
Diwali is a celebration of victory over evil or darkness and the coming of a New Year.
But if we think deeply, what is this darkness we want to remove?
Light means to follow a virtuous path such that our thoughts are always pure in heart, our words are sweet and peaceful and bring joy to the listener and our actions are always beneficial first to ourselves, and to others as well as to the environment.
Darkness on the other hand is when our thoughts are negative and when these thoughts are reflected in our words or actions, they bring hurt and sorrow to others at every step.
In reality, evil or darkness does not have an identity of its own it exists due to a lack of goodness or light.
Knowledge, power and all that is pure, are very real characteristics since they are part of us, perhaps hidden yet existing.
The Festival of Lights is the fight against evil forces and creation of peace and happiness.
Diwali brings up a number of things in the mind’s eye sweets, new clothes, account books, Goddess Lakshmi, fireworks etc.
So instead of celebrating Diwali, LET’S EXPERIENCE DIWALI.
As we clean our homes, let’s clean our minds and intellects too.
As we wear new clothes, let’s also get rid off our old, unwanted, disturbing habits of anger, jealousy, worry..
.. and emerge our new but original qualities of peace, love, bliss and happiness.
Tonight we will settle our old account books and begin new ones, simultaneously let us settle our old karmic accounts,
any unpleasant relationships and begin our relationships in a new, positive way.
We are all aware of the pollution caused by firecrackers, but it is Diwali, we need to burn crackers,
so why not burn all the crackers of evil characteristics within ourselves – this burning will in fact purify our minds and the environment.
As we exchange sweets let us also exchange meaningful sweet words, good wishes and blessings.
If we really experience Diwali we will succeed in invoking (calling upon) Goddess Lakshmi.
Her name comes from the word, ‘Laksh’ meaning the GOAL’,
experiencing Diwali (as explained above) will help us reach our ultimate goal of heavenly perfection which Goddess Lakshmi stands for.
Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi is good, but what is even better is making the wealth of spiritual(Ruhani) knowledge and qualities
(which Goddess Lakshmi has to offer) a part of our life. A divine character alone can attain prosperity and peace.
The key lies in lighting a single ‘Diya’ – my own conscient awareness.
The Rajyoga meditation – connecting with the Supreme Diya, the Supreme Soul, helps me in doing that.
The True meaning of Diwali is not known to many & majority of Hindus in modern times.
Generally, it is linked to Ram, symbol of Virtues winning over Ravana, symbol of vices.
In fact it should be celebrated as Universal Festival if its true meaning is understood by all. ”
Courtesy: Brahma Kumaris
The word Deepavali means a row of lights – an apt name for a festival that is celebrated all over India in many ways, but all of them involving a lot of light.
In Tamilnadu, the lighting of clay lamps symbolises the victory of good over evil. The story of Lord Krishna destroying the demon Narakasura is told over and over again. It is said that Narakasura made the request to the Lord that the day of his death be celebrated with new clothes, sweets and lights.
In the old days, hot water for a bath was heated in a copper heater with coals. All the vessels used for a bath would be washed and polished the day before, and decorated with chunambu, kumkumam and manjal. On the day of the festival, all members of the family would wake even a little before dawn, and light one round of crackers (the well-loved oosi pattasu, which is no longer available)
They would then be made to sit on decorated manais (wooden seats) and an elder lady of the house would apply oil on their heads, bless them and give them their new clothes. After the ceremonial bath, everyone would wear their new clothes and rush out to light crackers and other fireworks.
Back at home, the legiyam ritual would follow – a digestive concoction made at home, which would ostensibly help in digesting all the sweets that would follow. Visiting elders, and entertaining visitors, exchange of sweets would complete the holiday spirit.