I reproduce here a write-up that appeared recently in the Times of India (Bangalore, 20 November 2008). According to one Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (I have no clue who this gentleman is!) as quoted by the article, “applying vibhuti in different points of the body can bring positive energy”. The article is reproduced here without any comment. Rather, the claims made in the article are so hilarious (even outrageous at times) that it does not require any comment!
Unfortunately, that is not the way it is seen by the believers. When I referred the article to a few of my “spiritually-inclined” friends, they animatedly described the spiritual powers of these holiest of holy items. Undoubtedly, these “benefits” are derived, according to them, from a mysterious play of some “positive” and “negative” energy.
Having read the TOI article and listened to my friends’ vociferous defense of Rudraksha’s magical powers, I turned to the Internet to get some scientific information on the benefits (if any) of Rudraksha. Even after an hour of google-search, I could not locate even a single web page giving scientific information on this magic berry. On the other hand there are thousand of web pages marketing Rudraksha beads online! The only write-up I could locate that even remotely approaches the subject on a scientific basis is a news report about a claim made by some ayurvedic researchers. Even the ever-expanding Wikipedia failed to be helpful in this regard.
I expect some of our readers may be able to throw some light on this bead. No, I don’t want to hear anything about its unexplained spiritual powers, but some factual botanical information on this berries.
So, here is the write-up:
Benefits of vibhuti & rudraksh
Vibhuti is always taken with the ring finger, as that is the most sacred part of the body. Apply vibhuti to the following places for maximum benefit:
- Agna Chakra: Between the eyebrows to receive life as knowledge or wisdom.
- Vishuddi Chakra: Pit of the throat to enhance power.
- Anahata Chakra: Center of chest, where the ribcage meets to receive life as love.
- Just behind the earlobe is a solid bone which runs into a crevice. If one follows that crevice one can find a dimple where a little vibhuti can be applied.
- Men can apply a little bit of Vibhuti one their right big toe, while women should apply it one their left big toe.
Another powerful tool to enhance one’s well-being is Rudraksh, the seed of a tree that primarily grows in the mountains. Rudraksh has a very unique vibration about itself and is won for different purposes.
Rudraksh cleanses a certain amount of the aura. It can vary from pitch-black to pure white, depending on the person’s physical and mental health. The aura is the reflection of who one really is. If one goes to a new place where the vibrations are completely different, the body many not be able to settle down. Wearing Rudraksh cocoons one in one’s own energies, preventing external energies from disturbing. There are a variety of Rudraksh available, each for a different purpose. Ekamukhi or single-faced Rudraksh is for power. However, it is not advisable to wear it without proper guidance. Dwimukhi or two faced is for wealth, while Panchamukhi or five-faced is for well-being. Panchamukhi can be worn by everyone, irrespective of age or gender. Apart from improving genral well-being, it is also reduces blood pressure and keeps the body calm and alert. Shanmukhi or six-faced Rudraksh is good for children as it attracts motherly love.
Editor’s Note: A few additional facts about this business of Rudraksh. A single seed from the fruit can cost upto Rs. 40,000. There are over 300 different species of trees from the Elaeocarpus genus that are farmed to harvest these berries. The import trade from Indonesia alone amounts to Rs. 3 billion a year, and another Rs. 2 billion worth of seeds comes from Nepal. And we wonder why 456 million Indians are living below the poverty line.