Quotes/reference on divine bead… "Rudraksha"
There are different conceptions regarding Rudrakshas in Shiv Puran and other Pauranic scriptures but one thing is upheld in all of these that:
"DIVYA VARSHA SAHASRAM TU CHAKSHURUNMEELITMAYAA, PASCHANMAAKULAKSHIBHYAH PATITA JALBINDAVAH"
SHIV UVACH: "For one thousand divine years I kept closed my eyes then tear drops fell from my eyes".
"TATRASHRUBINDTO JAATA MAHARUDRAKSH VRISKSHKAH MAMAAGYAYAA MAHASEN SARVESHAM HITKAMYAYAA"
"Those drops of tear which fell from my eyes gave birth to the tree of Maharudraksh on my command for the benefit of all".
"GAURISHANKARSANGYAM CHA TATHAA GOMUKHSANGYITAM RUDRAKSHAM JAAYATE DEVI – KADACHID DAIVAYOGATAH"
"O Goddess! Gaurishankar and Gomukh Rudrakshas are born by divine coincidence in some trees and found by some fortunate person".
Srimad Devi Bhagavat 11th Canto, Chap. III.
Lord Vishnu said, "A man wearing fourteen mukhi Rudraksa becomes highly auspicious, like Lord Shiva. Anyone who wears even one Rudraksha seed is always admired like saintly men and deities and can even attain liberation".
Srimad Devi Bhagavat 11th Canto, Chapter V verse 25 to 26 it is stated:
"The desire for wearing Rudraksha is the result of attaining the perfection of knowledge and Blessings of God during previous births".
Padma Puranam, Chapter 57, Sri Bhagavan said:
"If a man always wears a Rudraksa with fourteen mouths, permeated with God's auspicious power, he is always honored and blessed by the demigods due to the greatness of his religious merit". Rudraksha
Padma Purana, Chap. 57
Mantra Maharnava, verses 158-174
Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad
Siva Purana (Vidyesvara Samhita), Chap. 25
Srimad Devi Bhagavatam, 11th Skanda, Chap. 3-7
Contemporary Books and Research Articles:
"A note on rudraksha, Elaeocarpus sphaericus (Gaertn.) K. Schum" by (? - Krishnamurthy, T.) (1964), Indian Forester 90, 11, 774-776.
"Action of a fraction of Elaeocarpus Ganitrus on Muscles" - Bhattacharya S. S and Sarkar P. K., R. G. Kar (Medical College Calcutta)
"Anticonvulsant activity of the mixed fatty acids of Elaeocarpus ganitrus roxb. (Rudraksh)" by Dasgupta A, Agarwal SS, Basu D K., Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1984 Jul-Sep; 28(3) : 245-6.
"Anti-inflammatory activity of Elaeocarpus sphaericus fruits extracts in rats" by R. K. Singh and B. L. Pandey Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras hindu University, Varanasi-221 005, India
"Antimicrobial activity of Elaeocarpus sphaericus" by Singh R K, Nath G., Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, India., (Phytother Res. 1999 Aug;13(5):448-50)
"Celled stone of Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb" - by Oza. G M, Current Science, 41 (7): 269, 1972
"Further observations with Elaeocarpus Ganitrus on Normal and Hypodynamic Heart" - by Sarkar. P. K., Bhattacharya S. S and Sengupta S. S., Department of Pharmacology, Medical College Calcutta
"Gems and Rudraksha" by Anil Gupta and Rudra Centre, 130p.
"Gems Therapy" by Dr. Mahan Vir Tulli (In addition, of gems he has given beautiful coverage to impact and usage of Rudraksha on human destiny)
"Gorakhnath and The Kanphata Yogis" by George Weston Briggs, p. 13-15.
"Isolation of microsatellite loci from a rainforest tree, Elaeocarpus grandis (Elaeocarpaceae), and amplification across closely related taxa" - R. C Jones, J McNally, M Rossetto (Molecular Ecology Notes, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Page 179, June 2002)
"More about Rudraksha" by Joyce Diamanti, 2001, The Bead Soclety of Greater Washington Newsletter, 18(2): 6.
"Notes on The Botanical Identity of Beads Found Under The Name: Rudraksha" - by Yelne, M. B., BIORHYTHM, AYU. ACADEMY SERIES, 44, PP. 39-44., 1995
"Numerology, Gemology and Rudraksha" by Pravin (Praveen) S. R. Bhatia, 2000, 239p.
"Pharmacological activity of Elaeocarpus sphaericus" by R. K. Singh, S. B. Acharya, Dr S. K. Bhattacharya, Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221 005, India
"Pharmacological investigations on Elaeocarpus ganitrus." by Bhattacharya SK, Debnath PK, Pandey VB, Sanyal AK., Planta Med. 1975 Oct;28(2):174-7.
"Power of Rudraksha" - by Rudra Centre, 26 p., 2003
"Raksha Rudraksha Chandra Marthandam" (in Nagara-Lipi, i. e. Tamil) - by Sri Mudigonda Nagalinga Sastry garu, (This book explains the greatness and power of Rudraksa and its wearing on one"s body)
"Regeneration status and population structure of Rudraksh (Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb.) in relation to cultural disturbances in tropical wet evergreen forest of Arunachal Pradesh" - Bhuyan, Putul; Khan, M. L. and Tripathi, R. S. 2002, Current Science, 83(11): 1391-1394. Department of Forestry, North-Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli 791109, India; Department of Botany, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong 793022, India. [BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION; DENSITY; POPULATION STRUCTURE; SEEDLING]
"Rudraksa Properties and Biomedical Implications" by Subas Rai, rep. 2000, 197p.
"Rudraksa: Mahatwa ra Kheti Prabidhi (Dhankuta, Pakhribas Krishi Kendra)" by Chet Nath Kanel (is a fine introduction to one of the most religiously important plants in Nepal and its cultivation practices. The author claims that Rudraksa has also assumed economic, medicinal, aesthetic and environmental importance before describing its cultivation in a few hilly districts in east Nepal. The last four chapters detail the cultivation techniques, including ways to tackle diseases and post-harvest procedures before the rudraksas reach the market)
"Rudraksa-dharan", Delhi 1991
"Rudraksam" by N. Swarnalatha (Journal of Sukrtindra Oriental Research Institute, Vol. II, No. 1, Oct. 2000)
"Rudraksh" by S M Khatri
"Rudraksha - A Religious Tree and Its Economic Importance" - by Mitra, B., Das Gupta, R., & Sur, P. R., Ethnobotany in India, Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, 1992.
"Rudraksha - Not Just a Spiritual Symbol But Also a Medicinal Remedy" - Dennis, T. J. (1993a), Sachitra Ayurved 46, 2, 142., (on Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb)
"Rudraksha (BEEJ MANTRA)" (AUDIO in sanskrit) - by Narain Bhatia
"Rudraksha (The Mystic Seed)" by Shubhakran K. T, (Rudraksha The Mystic Seed Book-2 by Sahitya Academy)
"Rudraksha and Ratna" by Rudra Centre, 125p.
"Rudraksha Dharna and Japa Yoga" (in Hindi) by Nishant Ketu
"Rudraksha Mahatmyam" - by Narain Bhatia
"Rudraksha Mahima" by D. H. Junnarkar, published by Messrs. Sharada Sahitya
"Rudraksha Pooja & Dharan - Rudraksha Purification, Initiation & Dharan" (CD, sanskrit song form, Mantras for Purification, rituals for Sanctification and Dharan of Rudraksha Beads or Mala) - by Rudra Centre & Rudra Life
"Rudraksha The Eyes of Rudra" (eBook) by TSV Hari
"Rudraksha therapy for perfect health" by Panduranga Rao, J. I., Sathyanarayana Swamy, K., International Institute of Ayurveda AVR Educational Foundation of Ayurveda, 15(1):21-26, 1995
"Rudraksha Therapy" by DharmaDeva Arya and Rudra Centre, 79p.
"Rudraksha" (VIDEO) by Narain Bhatia
"Rudraksha" by David W. Lee, the Taj Magazine, 23(2):56-60, 1994
"Rudraksha" by Dr. Vanamala Parthasarathy, Feb / Mar 1993, (Mr. Vanamala is a Reader in ancient Indian history and culture of the Anathacharya Indological Research Institute, Bombay)
"Rudraksha" by Narain Bhatia, Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, 41 p.: col. ill.; 23 x 29
"Scientific appraisal of rudraksha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus): chemical and pharmacological studies" - Pandey, V. B. and S. K. Bhattacharya (1985), JREIM 4, 1/2, 47-50. (on rudraksa, Elaeocarpus sphaericus (Gaertn. ) K. Schum. = E. ganitrus Roxb).
"Significance of Rudraksha" (in Nepali language) - by Pujya Gurudev Shreesadhak Satyam (Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, Sanad Kumar Adhikari)
"Symbols of Art, Religion and Philosophy" by Dr. Padma Sudhi, Chapter 7
"Talk on: Wearing Rudraksha" - by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, (devotee asks if it is alright for him to wear rudraksha, the uniquely beautiful seed which is sacred to Siva. Gurudeva says it is fine to wear rudraksha, even for children. He also tells a little of the recent findings in our own rudraksha forest of some rare varieties of the seeds. Date Given: July 18, 2000, Duration: 1 min., 09 seconds)
"The Healing Power of Rudraksha" (CD) by H. H. Swami Chinmayananda, Chinmaya Mission
"The Science of God Satya Sagar: the natural symbols of god on ekmukh rudraksh seeds god"s own book in nature" by Shreesh, 2001
"The Voice of My Master" by ?, 60 pages, (Articles in English and Tamil, An interesting collection of articles on theory of Karma, Maya and role of mind makes it a compulsory reading. Some of the other informative articles include Flowers for Pooja - their qualities and significance, Efficacies of performing such a Pooja, Significance of Vibhuti and how it can be prepared, how Rudraksha gets formed, efficacies of Rudraksha with various faces and worship of Tulasi plant).
"Ultrastructural basis and function of iridescend blue colour of fruits in Elaeocarpus" by David W. Lee, Nature, Vol. 349, No.6306, pp. 260-262, 17th January 1991