Rudrakshya, the word itself is a combination of two other words; Rudra meaning Lord Shiva and akshya meaning tears. Avid Hindu scripture readers have known Rudrakshya to be the tears of Lord Shiva, believing in the story of how when Lord Shiva cried in the great Himalayas, every tear that he shed fell down on Earth and gave rise to a Rudrakshya tree. I wouldn’t be the best person to comment on the credibility of said story; there are many experts who have immensely more knowledge than me on the religious aspect of Rudrakshyas. However, the science involved with Rudrakshya is what intrigues me. I have endeavored to research how science views Rudrakshya, the physical and chemical properties associated with it and how we can harness the power of those properties for alternative healing.
Rudrakshya trees belong to the genus Elaeocarpus. Many species are associated with this genus but the one famously used for making religious jewelry is of the species ganitrus. The species name ganitrus is derived from the name of the tree in Sudanese and Malay, ganitri. They grow in a wide spectrum of places ranging from the foothills of the Himalayas to Indonesia, New Guinea, Hawaii, Guam and Australia. The tree starts bearing fruits within three to four years and the roots of the tree rise up to surface level and radiate outwards as it starts bearing fruits. These broad-leaved, evergreen trees have continued to mystify scientists and religious scholars alike with their unique properties.
Physical properties of the Rudrakshya seed can be inspected from a macroscopic and microscopic point of view. On the macroscopic level, the Rudrashkya seed is a ragged structure formed from ridges and furrows along the surface of the seed, which differentiate it into many Mukhis(faces). The most commonly used Rudrakshya for spiritual and physical healing of the body range from one to fourteen Mukhis. Microscopically however, there isn’t enough evidence to categorize the seeds in a discernible fashion. Generally, the lower the number of faces of the Rudrakshya, the more smoother it is but still there are discrepancies to this rule(most notably the one Mukhi Rudrakshya whose structure is markedly different from other Mukhi Rudrakshyas).
From a chemical point of view, Rudrakshya seeds are composed of 50.03% Carbon, 0.95% Nitrogen, 17.89% Hydrogen and 30.53% Oxygen. These results are determined by the combination of C-H-N analysis and gas chromatography. Using Flame photometric spectrum analysis, scientists have been able to predict trace elements found in the Rudrakshyas to be a combination of Aluminum, Calcium, Chlorine, Copper, Cobalt, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Magnesium, Sulphur, Zinc, Silicon dioxide, Potassium, Manganese, Nickel and Iron. However, these elements and compounds only account for about 0.61% of the total composition of the seed.
Analyzing the seeds from an electromagnetic standpoint is what distinguishes Rudrakshya as a healing agent for the human body. Inspecting the seeds based on their magnetic properties allows us to form three categories of Rudrakshyas, each of which display – diamagnetic, paramagnetic and ferromagnetic properties. In a magnetic field, two and three Mukhi Rudrakshyas exhibit diamagnetic properties. They repel from strong magnetic fields with a marked decrease in their weights. One, three, five and seven Mukhi Rudrakshyas are attracted towards a strong magnetic field with a slight increase in their weight, thus, exhibiting paramagnetic properties. Rudrakshyas ranging from eight to fourteen Mukhis, along with the six Mukhi Rudrakshya, show a significant increase in weight and a strong attraction towards the magnetic fields hence, exhibiting ferromagnetic properties.
Inductance for all Mukhi Rudrakshyas increased with the increase in frequency of the impedance analyzer that they were placed within. We can infer from the results that Rudrakshya generates an increased electromotive force with an increase in the current flowing through it. This is significant in the healing properties associated with Rudrakshyas. When we are stressed our body produces electromagnetic signals that are greater than normal levels. Rudrakshyas, worn on the body use these signals to produce forces that help us stabilize our bodies. Rudrakshya has also been known for its capacitance properties. The levels of capacitance vary for seeds of different mukhis but, it is generally agreed upon by researchers and scientists alike that all Rudrakshyas work as a capacitor for electric current. This is particularly useful in treating our bodies during times of lethargy, depression and any other mood states which cause a decrease in the electric signals found in the body. The energy contained within Rudrakshyas flow into our bodies thus, replenishing the aforementioned lost energies.
Western medicine practitioners and alternative healing practitioners have been debating whether using Rudrakshyas are useful for healing ailments within the human body for a long time now. However, with recent developments and research into Rudrakshyas paving the way for their feasibility for medicinal purposes, there is no denying now that Rudrakshyas can be used in supplement with Western medicine if not all by itself to heal mankind as a whole.