05 March, 2017

Rudraksha---part 2

Article last updated on 06th march 2017

This is the second part of the two part series on Rudraksha both articles together cover the following topics:

Information about Rudraksha plus some information about the Kohinoor diamond and the Indian Vedic cows, about Kriya yoga and finally some criticism about sadhguru jaggi vasudev

Please click on the link to read the first part

Rudraksha and Ek (one) mukhi Rudraksha

Big, spherical (round) Rudraksha with a natural hole are the best

Rudraksha worn in a metal casing (cap) generate more power, usually the casing is made of silver or from panchdhatu (combination of 5 metals)

Avoid buying Rudraksha beads which are already put in a metal cap or casing; as sometimes the beads get damaged when the metal is passed in the hole, also damaged or cracked beads are sometimes sold by covering them in a metal casing---you can purchase the Rudraksha beads and then get them set in a cap / casing under your supervision

It is much better to wear many Rudraksha even if they are of a lower mukhi rather than wearing only one bead or a few higher mukhi Rudraksha

Rudraksha are so good and auspicious to look at; do not cover all the beads you ware with your clothes, always keep a part of the Rudraksha bead’s exposed

All Rudraksha beads sink in water; however a genuine rudraksha can also float in water if the bead is unripe, that is the bead is plucked from the tree before maturity or there is a hole in it and when air is trapped or if the bead has got dehydrated due to aging also there are some varieties of genuine Rudraksha whose density is not enough to make them sink

Rudraksha beads are classified from their country of origin; Nepal, Indonesia or India; then further classified by their mukhis and size of the bead but never by their colour (beads are of white, red, yellow and black in colour). Because once they are processed by dipping them in oil and after wearing them for a few months, all varieties age and turn black or deep brown

People say that there is a mention of up to 14 mukhis only in the scriptures; but there are higher mukhi beads in the Indonesian variety, higher mukhi beads of 21 22 23 25 29 38 have also been documented mainly in Indonesia and Rudraksha up to 27 mukhis have been reported from Nepal.

In several higher mukhi beads 11mukhi to 14 mukhi there may be two holes on the bead.

Only one or two pieces of 20 or 21 mukhis and one or two Trijuti occur in nature each year

Spherical beads---70% of all Spherical (round) Rudraksha beads are five mukhis, after that four and six mukhis are also common, followed by three and seven mukhis which are also easily available, then as the number of mukhis increase ease of availability decreases (that means a thirteen mukhi is less easily available than a twelve mukhi and so on); however the exceptions are that a nine mukhi is more rare than a ten mukhi and the two mukhi bead is even rarer than a thirteen mukhi bead

More than 9o% of all Indian oval shaped Rudraksha beads are three mukhis, remaining are 2 mukhis and very rarely one mukhi

Around 75% of all Rudraksha beads come from Indonesia, only 5% from Nepal and the remaining mostly from India and some other countries

Though the Rudraksha tree starts to flower early: they do not give Rudraksha fruits till the age of ten; from the age of ten to fifteen years the Rudraksha tree gives beads of four to seven mukhis only, trees older than 15 years give beads with seven or higher mukhis

One mukhi rudraksha---the spherical, perfectly round one mukhi bead from Nepal is so very rare that people have started to believe that they do not exist at all
The extremely rare one mukhi beads from Indonesia are small in size say 8 to 10 mm in length and 4 to 7mm in central diameter again they are not spherical but elliptical
The south Indian type of one mukhi Rudraksha which are Half-moon, crescent moon or Cashew-nut shaped without a hole; they are overhyped in TV advertisements and hence sold at a high cost they are common in south India where they are available from local tribes for a less price
I have read a study report by botanist of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, in the report they have mentioned—I quote “Moon shaped ├ęk mukhi' rudraksha is the seed of E. tuberculatus that is deformed.” May be that is the reason that I have seen Swamis wearing this type of Rudraksha but not moon shaped but a straight bead (photos in part-1), I sent an E mail to clarify on the “deformed” part but I have yet to receive a reply

One mukhi Rudraksha beads are also available from Andaman, Haiti, Brazil but again they are not spherical in shape

United States is the largest importer of Rudraksh beads from India

All parts of all the species of Rudraksha tree’s; roots, trunk, leaves, fruit, seed have various medical benefits
Rudraksha beads have magnetic electrical biomedical properties as well
People also practice the Rudraksha water therapy: - Immerse a few beads of Rudraksha in water in either an earthen or copper pot for a day or two and drink that water. Replace beads after a few months; but for this use raw Rudraksha beads from the tree and not the ones that are dipped in oil

I have worn many types of Rudraksha and felt good without having any problems however once someone gave me three big, high density five mukhi Rudraksha beads in silver casings before giving it to me he kept them on a big Meru Shree Yantra; I could not wear them as wearing them created a lot of discomfort, later my sister wore them for a few days but after that she also stopped wearing them

Do not fall into the trap of the people who are into the Rudraksha business; they would give you all types of recommendations regarding mukhis as per your problems, they are out to make money, I visited a store in Mumbai (Bombay) called Rudra Cent.e   to buy a Shivling for my sister, a couple with a child were there, they were not happy with the expensive Rudraksha beads sold to them earlier with the hope that their business will flourish, the lady owner managed to convince them and ended up selling more Rudraksha items to them including a bracelet for the child which cost a couple of thousand rupees and in the end she told them “you should have good business sense  for your business to flourish”

Rudraksha beads are not to solve your life’s problems, if you have questions like how will wearing the Rudraksha help me; the answer is nothing will happen to you if you have such thoughts in your mind

Rudraksha beads are for your spiritual development (of course they have health benefits as well), it is a mutual process you enrich the Rudraksha bead and the Rudraksha bead brings about more blessings and lets you to tune in to a higher level

Stay away from the Godmen, Gurus who claim to energise spiritual items for you, I have written about them in this article

Please click on the link to read the article

Why I don’t like to purchase Rudraksha beads from the market

For boosting sales the dealers relate myths and legends about the power of the bead and are using various branding and tele-marketing techniques to sell the beads. This has fuelled demand resulting in increased collection of the seeds, hampering natural regeneration.

In this day and age where there is a huge demand nothing is grown naturally, similarly the Rudraksha beads are also processed with sulphuric acid, and other chemicals are used

When the outer blue cover is not removed in time it hardens and becomes thick and black in colour, to remove this hard cover whole sellers bury the Rudraksha beads in the ground along with cow dung mixed with salt then boil the beads, you see; something falling on the ground is one thing but when anything is buried in the ground it loses its spiritual power

Of late very big size Rudraksha beads are available in the market: they are hybrid and certainly not grown naturally

This is just a money making industry where people handle the beads like a commodity they do not have any spiritual feeling as they process the beads and make a mala, rosary or any other item from the Rudraksha beads

It is best to get naturally grown beads from the forest (of course higher mukhi beads will not be available) and process them yourself otherwise it is best to go for five mukhi beads as they are so common that no fakes are available and they are mostly picked up from the forest

It is my dream to settle in an unpolluted green environment like the Himalaya and plant Rudraksha and other trees in accordance with nature and built a place where spiritually minded people can stay, till date it has remained a dream as I am not able to form a group of such like-minded people

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Settling in a green environment like the Himalayas—forming a community / travel group.

Astronauts ----the Earth's Heartbeat---- Living amidst Nature

Fake Rudraksha beads

Only a few higher mukhi beads occur in nature every year; but you see so many higher mukhi beads in the shops, so you can make out the amount of fake beads that are there in the market

India is the biggest producer of fake Rudraksha beads

Making fake Rudraksha beads is an organised industry, having well equipped workshops

High level of craftsmanship is required to make fake Rudraksha beads and the workers doing this are very talented artist who have decided to use their talent for making fake Rudraksha rather than for something constructive

Spherical one faced rudraksh is made by carving berries, betel nut and areca nut, stalks are also implanted on them to give them genuine looks.

Sometimes To make one and two mukhi fake Rudraksha from four or five mukhi beads; all other mukhis or clefts are skilfully removed or extra mukhis are sealed off by pasting special type of synthetic material or by natural resin or small pieces of other rudraksha or wood dust or particles of wood

Almost all Indian oval one mukhi beads which are available are made in this way, in the X-ray only one seed is visible hence it can be proved easily that the Rudraksha is a one mukhi bead but as I have written in part-1, all Indian oval Rudraksha beads called Haridwar / Dehradun Rudraksha have only one seed inside irrespective if they are one, two or three mukhi 

Another method is by making small beads from a resinous material.

Large oval and round Ek Mukhi beads are made by making a ball of crushed Rudraksha or lac, gum of plant origin, honeybee comb wax with resin as a binding material.

Large sized perfectly round Ek Mukhi beads upto four inches diameter are also made from fruits of the plant Couroptia sps.  (Canon ball tree). 

High quality imported adhesives which do not melt when boiled are used to stick two or three Rudraksha beads to make Gaurishankar or Trijuti beads

In some two mukhi Nepal rudraksha, the second line does not gets completed fully and they are sold as one mukhi Rudraksha

To manipulate natural grow the rudraksha fruit is mechanically suppressed by putting a vice or clamp over it on the tree itself before it ripens so that a one mukhi Rudraksha bead is produced

Beads with carved snakes, serpent heads, tridents and Shivlings are all fakes.

Left:Fake beads Made by Joining Two Beads; Right: Betel nut carved as Rudraksh

Fake Beads Carved from Beetle Nut and Other Similar Seeds

Fake Beads with Carved Serpents and Shivlings

Fake Round Ek Mukhi Rudraksh with a Carved Trident and Attached Stalk Sold at ebay

Xray---Left: fake bead no compartment visible, Right:real bead with developed compartments which hold the seeds

And now after fake Rudraksha beads let me tell you something about fake Gurus

My mother always tells me not to write bad about anybody, many people who know me also tell me to look at only the good in others; but still I write about the Gurus and Godmen so that the people may awaken, I have been through all these phases, followed cults, made Gurus, but finally I got that realization where I can decimate between good and bad  

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Learning from the ants

About sadguru jaggi vasudev

We are always guided by omens; whenever we try to associate ourselves with some person, if we study the person carefully we will surely be guided whether to associate ourselves with the person or not.

This is the photo of sadguru jaggi vasudev at the maha shivratri celebrations; look where has he placed Shankars image in the shawl-- right at his feet, this is a clear indication how much he values spirituality

People say he goes in into a deep trance during the celebrations, he puts in a show; I feel that looking at his watch and being aware of the time, constantly adjusting his cloths to look prim and proper are no signs of a person in trance

He does not know the difference between Shiv and Shankar and Adi yogi

At his ashrama a 680 kgs mercury lingam is kept immersed in the Theerthakund and people take a dip / bath in the mercury water and enter the Dhyanalinga area without wiping their bodies.
On the very website of the Dhyanalinga, in the theerthakund section this godman has written; I quote directly from his site... “…. And mercury is the heaviest substance on the planet…..” he is wrong; mercury is not the heaviest substance on the planet, even gold is much heavier than mercury.
I am sure that this flamboyant God man knows nothing about ancient Vedic science of solidifying mercury or removing the toxic effects of mercury.
People who take a dip here may be at a risk of mercury poisoning 

In this video his disciples sing the eternal words of Adi Shankaracharya, all dressed in a fixed uniform that they are supposed to wear, all having to shave their heads compulsory, all having to follow a fixed routine and then they sing-- I am bliss, I am eternal, I am totally free…..nevertheless enjoy the immortal words of Adi Shankaracharya, such words are rarely composed on Earth

25 February, 2017

Rudraksha and Ek (one) mukhi Rudraksha

This is the first part of the two part series on Rudraksha both articles together cover the following topics:

Information about Rudraksha plus some information about the Kohinoor diamond and the Indian Vedic cows, about Kriya yoga and finally some criticism about sadhguru jaggi vasudev

Article last updated on 01st march 2017

Rudraksha English names: Blue Marble Tree, Bead Tree, Lily of the Valley Tree, Blue Olive Berry, Blue Fig, Ash Quandong, Fairy Petticoats, Native Olive, White Boree, Fringe Bells Ultrasum-Bead tree,

Sanskrit: Rudraksha;   Hindi: Rudrak; Tamil: rudrakshi Telugu: aakkam, Rudra-challu Bengali: rudrakya; Oriya: Rudrakhyo; Malyalam: Rudraksham;  Kannada: Tamarai; Assam: Rudrai,

When I travel I bring back devotional items like bhasma from akhand dhuni (ashes from eternal fire maintained in certain ancient temples or by sadhus),Ganga jal also items like rudraksha, chandan, bhojpatra etc after offering them at ancient temples and distribute them as Prasad

Many people want a one mukhi round rudraksha, let me tell you something about it

One mukhi rudraksha
Ek mukhi rudraksha

The common one mukhi rudraksha called ek mukhi are available in half-moon, cashew-nut shaped

The correct round type of one mukhi rudraksha are so rare that no one has seen them and those that are available at exorbitant rates are mostly fake

The royal family of Nepal-- Shah dynasty has a few of them, the king of Nepal presented one to our ex-prime minister Indira Gandhi; we all know what happened to both these families the Shah dynasty slowly lost all their powers and finally most of the family members were massacred and the same fate came over Indira Gandhi and her two sons 

One mukhi round rudraksha are best kept in temples or with spiritually elevated persons, ordinary people should not aspire for it, you see some birds have extremely powerful wings which helps them to migrate across continents, hunt etc. but powerful wings are developed very gradually as the bird learns to fly, if very strong wings are developed initially the bird will not be able to handle the speed generated and kill itself

Similarly we receive the sacred devotional items as and when we are prepared for it  

Coming back to the first point, maybe that is why Maharaja Ranjit Singh had willed that the Kohinoor diamond would not be kept with the royal family anymore and that it should be given to the Jagannath Temple in Orissa but the British rulers took it by force; at least Queen Victoria had the wisdom and she wrote in her will that the Kohinoor should only be worn by a female queen. 

Often I wonder that behind so much Pomp, such magnificent and splendid appearance, grandeur the members of the British royal family are nothing but plunderers, mass murderers.

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In spite of the world history we have to stay in love.

The writer and historian William Dalrymple has researched that before the Kohinoor reached the British, it had already passed through a number of hands, all of which were not “Indian”; he says “I think there is no doubt about that British took away the diamond by force, It is complete nonsense that it was gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Sikhs. Maharaja Ranjit Singh kept it with him his whole life. It was during the regency of his son Duleep Singh that the diamond was taken away.”

He adds further that “The diamond did not come peacefully to Ranjit Singh either. Indians claim that Shah Shujah gave the diamond to Maharaja Ranjit Singh. But Shah Shujah’s autobiography clearly mentions that his son was tortured by Maharaja Ranjit Singh before he took away the diamond….. So if the British took it by force, so did the Indians.”

The only difference is that Raja Ranjit Singh brought back by force what originally belonged to India

Some information about rudraksha

Family:  elaeocarpaceae
Genus: elaeocarpus----there are 350 species of elaeocarpus, And there is much confusion in their botanical names; the most common names of species of round Rudraksha are Elaeocarpus ganitrus and Elaeocarpus angustifolius

Rudraksha is not a fruit, it is found inside a fruit and is an Endocarp that is the covering of a seed, if you cut a Rudraksha you will find seeds inside hence they are called beads or some call them stones; I will explain the various stages of growth later

Rudraksha are classified as per their mukhis

A mukhi or dhari or facet or cleft is a line from the top to the bottom of the Rudraksha

This is a 4 mukhi Rudraksha because it has 4 lines

A 7 mukhi Rudraksha has 7 lines

12 mukhi

15 mukhi

One important thing is that inside the Rudrakash bead there are compartments which hold one seed each example a five mukhi bead will have five clefts or lines visible outside and five internal compartments which hold one seed each hence a five mukhi rudraksha will have five seeds, a ten mukhi bead will have ten clefts and ten seeds, etc.  So the number of internal seeds should be the same as the number of mukh in any rudraksha.

In this image an eight mukhi bead is cut into two and you see eight compartments each will have a seed inside, the middle big hole is the central hollow from which we pass the thread, wire or chain  

This 5 mukhi bead has five seeds inside

However, you will see that the 14 mukhi bead on the right only 6 compartments are fully developed, 2 are semi developed and rest 6 are hardly developed, so it is very difficult to make out the correct formation of compartments seeing a X-ray of the bead, like in the image of a 10 mukhi bead below one compartment is not developed

And in many beads, particularly those beyond eight mukhi, it has been observed that the seeds often gets overlapped or in some cases some of the seeds do not attain complete growth; hence it is difficult to identify a genuine bead by looking at its X-ray

Various stages of growth

The Rudraksha tree flowers, not all flowering trees produce fruits; it takes many years for the tree to bear fruits

Flowers of Elaeocarpus ganitrus on left and flowers of Elaeocarpus angustifolius on right

Unripe green coloured fruits

Rudraksha bead inside the unripe fruit

Ripe fruits are blue in colour

Ripe fruits fall to the ground

When the blue cover is removed the Rudraksha bead appears

If the blue cover is not removed in time; the cover hardens and turns black; then it is very difficult to remove the cover, the hardened fruit has to be dipped in water and the cover rubbed with a hard brush

Later on the Rudraksha bead has to be cleaned and dipped in oil for a few days

Different types of Rudraksha

Rudraksha trees are found in many places worldwide but Rudraksha beads are available from 3 countries

Nepal: the best quality

Indonesia also called Java beads: second best

India: not a good quality

Nepal beads are round, well developed with a high density, Indonesia beads are smaller in size and not as developed compared to Nepal beads, Indian beads have a low density

 Nepal bead is on the left and Indian bead on right

Indonesian bead on the left and Indian bead on right

India had good quality of Rudraksha trees but they were cut down by the British rulers as the light and strong white wood which is a good quality timber was excellent to make aeroplane propellers during World War 1; after that no one made any efforts to replant these trees as no one cares for our Vedic culture everyone wants to make fast money, it is a pity that only few of our Vedic humped cows which produce A2 nontoxic milk are left, Vedic cows have a surya nadi because of which Gold is produced not only in their milk but also in their urine; scientist have proved this by abstracting Gold from their urine, please click on the links to read articles

It is such a shame that India where there was once the Vedic way of living is the biggest exporter of beef and all the fake Rudraksha which are available in the market are made in India

Please click on the link to read the article on Vedas

A Pilgrimage called Life---part 2

Spherical (round) big size Rudraksha with natural hole are the best

Other types of Rudraksha are

I will explain about following types of Rudraksha

Haridwar / Dehradun Rudraksha
South Indian type Rudraksha
Flat elliptical shaped South Indian Bhadraksh
Ganesh rudraksha
Nandi rudraksha, Dwi Ganesh.
Gupt mukhi

Haridwar / Dehradun Rudraksha

Commonly known as Indian oval three mukhi Rudraksha they are oval in shape with less density and they do not have a proper centre hole, the bead has to be drilled to create a big hole for the thread to pass; belonging to the species Elaeocarpus serratus; 90% of beads under this species are three mukhi, rest are two mukhi and very rarely a one mukhi is produced

Unlike the round Rudraksha bead, the oval Indian bead has only one seed inside for three, two as well as one mukhi

In the above photo I am wearing the Indian oval beads (Auroville meditation centre in the background) (click on the photo to enlarge it); I received them from the Keshav ashram at Haridwar who have a more than 100 years old Rudraksha tree planted by lahiri mahasaya, also some of lahiri mahasaya’s ashes are kept in this ashram

It is indeed commendable that this ashram is not turned into a commercial joint like most ashrams; such a huge area has been kept in its pristine green form; they do not sell the Rudraksha beads but give them for free to all who visit the ashram

The Indian Rudraksha tree at the ashram

Swami Keshvanand


Accommodation is excellent; they have constructed only 4 rooms

Ashram is right on the bank of the Ganga

I collected a few unripe beads which had fallen to the ground

I would like to add a note about Kriya yoga; A person who was doing aura photography told me that practices like Kriya yoga where you pull up your Kundalini Shakti (energy) can be dangerous as our lower chakras are not purified first.

I often think that why so many Gurus who teach Kriya yoga or practice Kundalini yoga are themselves not in the best of health, many have suffered from cancer, ill health, sudden death etc

All the Kriya yoga gurus teach a different method; which itself proves that the original authentic teachings have been lost over the years

My search for a guru had taken to me to Varanasi (Benares) where I met Shibendu Lahiri, the great grandson of Lahiri Mahasay, I found him to be an insane person

South Indian type Rudraksha

Half-moon, crescent moon or Cashew-nut shaped 

These beads are straight and not moon shaped

Species: Elaeocarpus tuberculatus: Mostly available in one mukhi called as One mukhi Chandrakar (half-moon), Cashew-nut shaped, crescent moon shaped are considered as an alternative to one mukhi round Nepal variety. (Sometimes two, three and four mukhis are also available in this shape) However, the beads are not having the properties – like the natural hole, texture, density and shape of the original one mukhi rudraksha. In terms of internal structure, it has just one wide compartment. Even the two, three or four mukhi Chandrakars too have only one compartment inside which is contrary to the accepted norm of recognizing the mukh in a typical Roxb (round) variety. For wearing, it is clamped using a specially designed cage and hole is never drilled.

There are many trees of this species in South India and they are available for a very cheap rate; but because of the advertisements and promotions the price has been hiked up

Flat elliptical shaped South Indian Bhadraksh

Species: Elaeocarpus tuberculatus; available in two mukhi only, they are flat without a natural hole, light in weight and not so thorny; they are not considered as Rudraksha beads and are called Bhadraksh


We come across two fruits which are joined together, so rarely two Rudraksha fruits join together on the tree and the resultant bead is a joint bead, here mukhis are counted together, some gaurishankar have 21 mukhis, they mostly have one common hole but some have two separate holes

Most of gaurishankars available are fake; one indication to judge a genuine bead is that the beads should not join close to each other in a flat way and the joint should emanate from inside the bead and not merely peripherally.


Sawar means a rider; very rarely a bead of one mukhi rides over another bead (similar to gaurishankar), again most available are fake, as dealers separate the one mukhi and sell them at a high price


Trijuti also known as Tribhagi, Gauri Path or Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh are three beads joint naturally together

Trijuti with nearly equal spacing and uniform bead size is an absolute rarity.

Again most beads available are fake

Ganesh rudraksha

Some people get obsessed with the image of Ganesh in rudraksha to such an extent that they look for the contours (an outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something) on the surface of any rudraksha resembling the trunk of the elephant God Lord Ganesh.
So any projection in a Rudraksha is counted as a Ganesh Rudraksha

Ganapati was mentioned in the Vedas; but the idol with the elephant head and human body does not find any mention in the Vedas,
I will write about it in the blog series “A pilgrimage called life” and the truth I will write may disappoint some people

Nandi rudraksha, Dwi Ganesh.

Similar to Ganesh Rudraksha but with two trunk-like protrusions on two sides of the bead

Gupt mukhi

A rudraksha bead without mukhis, that is without lines formed

End of part 1; article will be continued in part 2