So you have or are about to purchase your first mala, but are unsure if the Rudraksha seeds are authentic.
Often referred to as beads, rudrakshas are actually seeds that grow inside of what looks like a blueberry.
The name ‘Rudraksha’ stems from Hindu mythology. Rudraksha in Hindu tradition is referred to as the eyes or tears of Shiva, a popular and auspicious Hindu deity. Mythology holds that when awakening after a long meditation, Shiva saw the suffering of humanity and cried tears of compassion. It states that where his tears fell, Rudraksha trees grew.
One way to tell if you are purchasing real Rudraksha is to look for the number of facets or serration’s on the face, which are called mukhis/mukhas.
The rudraksha bead we mainly use is five mukhis, which is the bead that represents lord Shiva, and is the most commonly sought after bead.
Our rudraksha beads are sustainably harvested in South East Asia.
The rudraksha seeds are hand drilled and strung in the same direction they are drilled. You can see the way that the seeds are grown as they are drilled and strung together in the same direction.
This process is done to maintain the prana – or energy – that lives within each seed.
Our growing team in Indonesia receives fair trade wages, and also benefit from profit sharing from world-wide sales. During the day, our team strings the mala beads, and at night, they are handed out in the village to be knotted. Each piece is knotted with care, and then blessed, before finding their new home.
Not only are they employed in a job that provides them a healthy living, but they are also doing a job in which they truly believe they are spreading peace around the world.