At Mala Collective we use sustainably harvested and fairly traded rudraksha seeds from Bali in our mala beads. But what are rudraksha seeds and why do we use them in meditation?
What are rudraksha seeds?
The name rudraksha (sanskrit: rudrākṣa) stems from Hindu mythology and means “the eyes of Shiva.” It is believed Lord Shiva meditated on the welfare of mankind and emerged crying tears of compassion.
Upon hitting the earth, Shiva's tears crystallized to form trees. Upon these trees grew the rudraksha seeds.
Our rudraksha seeds
One of things that makes our mala beads unique is that the rudraksha are received without holes in them, fresh off the trees.
They are drilled from the top, where the seed was attached to the tree, to the bottom. The bead is also threaded the same way in the mala to maintain the prana, or energy.
The vibration, or power, of each bead is also checked before being used in the malas. Some beads can have higher vibration than others.
Rudraksha can have up to 21 mukhis, also known as clefts or furrows. All of our rudraksha seeds have five mukhis, which is known to symbolize Lord Shiva. They are the most commonly sought after seed. The seeds have a very long life and have been said to last up to eight generations.
Rudraksha seeds vary in size, from 3 mm to 40 mm, with the smaller beads being the rarest.
Healing with Rudraksha
Medicinally, rudraksha seeds are known to heal mind and body ailments, reduce heart disease, and lower blood pressure.
They are also believed to increase clarity and general awareness, calm the central nervous system, help quiet the mind, and free negative thought.
In addition, they are said to be cooling when worn against the skin, and increase energy and stamina while providing rejuvenating qualities.
Rudraksha mala beads can help deepen your meditation practice, guide you in daily life, and are always a constant reminder of the divinity that is with in you.
We believe that anyone can benefit from wearing rudraksha malas. Find your perfect mala at www.malacollective.com.