In the earlier issues we discussed the botanical aspects of Rudraksha beads. In this issue we will discuss the biomedical effect and the underlying scientific explanation of the effects that Rudraksha beads have on individuals.
The seed of Rudraksha tree is credited to possess mystical and divine properties. Necklaces made of Rudraksha beads are considered auspicious as well as powerful, and are supposed to have profound astrological and health benefits.
According to ancient thought, Rudraksha beads have several amazing powers to cure the human body medically as well as spiritually.
Scientifically, the Rudraksha beads are dielectric as they store electrical energy and also possess permanent magnetic properties. They impart positive charges in the bioelectrical system of the human body in a life supporting manner. As a result, the electrical make up of our body changes.
These beads have the property of diamagnetism, that is, they temporarily acquire magnetism of an external magnetic field, thus helping in holistic healing.
Though the powerful effect of the Rudraksha beads was long known to the vedic masters, it is only since the late eighties that their effect has been acknowledged by modern men, after the research done by a group of scientists led by Dr. Subas Rai, of the Institute of Technology, University of Benaras, India. This research establishes the beneficial powers of Rudraksha by virtue of its electrical and magnetic properties that affect our central nervous system, autonomic, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and other organ systems.
Research proves that Rudrakshas have powerful electromagnetic, paramagnetic and inductive properties that vary according to the different mukhis or facets (the different number of divisions found on the surface of each bead). It was also found that wearing or performing japa with a particular mukhi or a set of mukhis of the Rudraksha creates specific electrical impulses that are sent to the brain through the process of galvanic skin response, stimulating certain brain centres that transfer information. This bioelectric stimulation affects the biochemical system in the brain creating a positive impact on the activity of neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin levels that is evidenced by the positive transformation in the personality, mind-set, outlook, charisma, and the confidence of the wearer. It was also found that those wearing Rudraksha beads were able to experience reduced stress reaction to unexpected levels that was normally possible only with continued doses of tranquilizers.
The complete list of all the properties found
inherent in the Rudraksha beads includes inductance, resistance, capacitance or dielectric property, electromagnetism, paramagnetism, diamagnetism and dynamic polarity or the ability to change polarity.
According to the study, the Rudraksha effect brings the wearer into the ‘Alpha State’ of the present moment of living, that all spiritual disciplines teach, as the path to self-empowerment, fearless life, enlightenment, and liberation. This alpha state produced in the brain boosts the confidence and the inner strength of the wearer significantly and as a result, the heartbeat, circulation, function of endocrine glands and activity of neurons and respiration is normalised in the physical body.
The research concluded that wearing of Rudraksha beads had a positive effect on blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, palpitations, and lack of concentration. It was also found that Rudraksha beads have anti-ageing properties.