|Rudraksha meaningthe 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
and of course as the best beads, 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, often resulting in
the berry being subjected to esoteric mumbo jumbo.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.