Why Wear A Rudraksha?

What makes a rudraksha stand out from other seeds, and how can it play an important role in a seeker’s life? Sadhguru answers.
Why Wear A Rudraksha?

Seeing the overwhelming response to article on rudrakshas, the Isha Blog brings you another post from this month’s Forest Flower. Sadhguru looks at what makes a rudraksha stand out from other seeds, and also explores the reverberations of other substances.

Read in Hindi : रुद्राक्ष

Read in Bengali : রুদ্রাক্ষ

Question: Sadhguru, could you talk a little bit about rudraksha, and how it is different from other seeds?

Sadhguru: Every substance in the universe has a certain reverberation to it. We try to identify things that will support us in a particular direction. Not only rudraksha – all kinds of plants, flowers, animals – everything has been identified as to what will take us in a spiritual direction and what will not. A goat for example is not a good choice. A bull, a snake, or a peacock is, because these creatures have a certain sensitivity.

When I was 10, 11 years of age, I used to spend a lot of time in the forest, at Chamundi Hill and elsewhere. If I simply sat in one place, I would catch 5 to 10 cobras in an afternoon. One reason is I developed a certain skill for this. A cobra does not leave much of a trail – just a certain type of smell and small traces of its movements. You have to be extremely observant to notice that a snake has recently moved somewhere.

At that time, I was too proud of my skills. Only much later, when I really started meditating, I realized they were coming towards me rather than I finding them. Many times, it has happened to me that when I was in a forest and I simply sat still, particularly in the afternoon somewhere between two and five o’clock, when I open my eyes again, there would be at least five to eight cobras around me. The moment you become meditative, they are drawn to you. These kinds of creatures that are drawn to that kind of reverberation are considered as spiritual.

Likewise, there is a whole variety of sacred flowers. You have heard people saying that a certain flower is the favorite of Shiva, another one the favorite of Vishnu and so on. They identified flowers whose reverberations are closest to what we refer to as Shiva or Vishnu or whatever else. If you touch or receive them, they have a certain impact. Therefore, only certain kinds of flowers used to be offered in temples.

We could demonstrate this by getting different kinds of flowers and holding a rudraksha over them. If the rudraksha goes clockwise, it is a good flower to offer to Shiva. If you try this with a ketaki flower, you will see the rudraksha does not like it. You know, there is this story about the ketaki flower bearing false witness before Shiva and subsequently being banned from being used as an offering to Shiva. All these stories are told so that it sinks into people’s minds and hearts, but the essence of it is that the reverberation should match – only then will a connection be established.

Rudraksha is one of those items that have a very unique type of reverberation.

Similarly, everything was identified according to its reverberation. Rudraksha is one of those items that have a very unique type of reverberation. Just holding it in your hand, you can feel the difference. However, if you have worn your rudraksha for three to six months, it would have in a way melded with your body by now. Therefore, each person’s rudraksha will be different. That is why you should never give your rudraksha to someone else or take someone else’s rudraksha, because it would have acquired a certain reverberation that is conducive to you and that has something of you in it. Similarly, in Tamil Nadu, no one would take salt, sesame seeds, or oil from someone else’s hands. They would not even take a lemon from just anyone. This is because certain substances have the ability to imbibe whatever they come in touch with very quickly. Especially small lemons have this quality to absorb everything like a sponge – the positive and the negative. That is why they are used both in the temple and for black magic.

Rudraksha has this quality too – in a way, it becomes a part of your body. If you have worn it for one or two years, 24 hours a day, and one day, you take it off and try to sleep, you will not be able to sleep. It will feel as if a part of your body is missing, because the rudraksha has become a part of you and it functions like that – as an extra organ. The main purpose of this organ is to make you available to Grace. Because no matter what yogic practices or whatever else you do, ultimately, you become a possibility only by becoming available to Grace. This is why devotees attain quicker than anyone else, because they offer themselves. If that sense of offering is not brought in, yoga will be nothing but a circus.

Another thing about rudraksha is that it creates health. For all those who are only interested in living more donkey’s years, this is the most important aspect. They are not really interested in how they live – they just want to live longer. For what? If you check their “happiness-meter” from morning to evening, it does not touch any heights. They want to live longer only because they are scared of death. Nothing phenomenal is happening in their lives that would make it worth hanging onto it. Only because what is next is not known to them, they want to hang on.

Whatever you do, there will be no success in any area of life – whether it is the spiritual process, health, wealth, or anything else – if you do not become available to Grace. Either you have to become consciously available to it or unconsciously, in your own way. Without some amount of Grace, no human being, no creature would be alive. But if you consciously make Grace a part of your life, everything will work easily and smoothly. It will be a well-lubricated life. Rudraksha enhances that possibility. We want to use every support that is available to us.

Editor's Note: Rudraksha malas from Isha are prepared with great care and are consecrated and energized for maximum benefit. They can be purchased at ishashoppe.com.

This article is based on an excerpt from the June 2014 issue of Forest Flower. Pay what you want and download. (set ‘0’ for free). Print subscriptions are also available.

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3 years 1 month ago

No need to remove the spatika mala while sleeping.

6 years 1 month ago

hi neha the moment u feel i dont want to live like donkey that is the time to have a sadh guru in life he will guide u .........

5 years 10 months ago

Admin - Why did you delete my comments where I shared how to identity fake Rudraksha from real ones???

#Sad that you did that.

6 years 1 month ago

Thanks. How do we differentiate between a real and fake rudraksha ? Also, do we have to wear ruraksh maala or 1 bead is enough?


3 years 1 month ago

Sadhguru has not spoken about Dwimukhi Rudraksha.

6 years 1 month ago

How do I know I can wear a rudraksha or not. Can everyone wear it?

5 years 10 months ago

We don't need, if we know what we need. Sadhguru HIMSELF says that He is waiting for humanity to evolve to a point where nobody needs HIM.

2 years 10 months ago

Wow, this paragraph is good, my sister is analyzing these things, thus
I am going to convey her.

6 years 1 month ago

Thanks Vijay!

5 years 9 months ago

Is it ok eat non veg while having rudraksha on body?

6 years 1 month ago

Is it true that we shouldn't wear any other metal jewelry if we wear rudraksh?

2 years 10 months ago

It's awesome to visit this site and reading the views
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6 years 1 month ago

I think every human until he knows his inner self has this fear.

5 years 3 months ago

Getting rudraksha from jewllery shop is recommended?
especailly form GRT.
Are all rudraksha sold in temple side shop are original.

Does the same work regardless of size number of faces ?

6 years 1 month ago

I have paid close attention to my state of being with and without my Rudraksha Mala around my neck. I also pay attention to my business affairs with and without. I find better harmony and balance while wearing it. My mind is more calm and my body feels strong. I bought it from Isha to make sure it was real.

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6 years 1 month ago

a simple way to test them would be to put the mala in a bucket of water. if it sinks, its real.

4 years 9 months ago

Amazing article, I would love to know if the rudraksha spins clock wise( for beneficial vibrations) in the northern hemisphere or counter clockwise ? Thank you !!! Wholeness !!!

6 years 1 month ago

Jai Gurudev.
What's are the do's and don't's while you have worn a Rudraksh

6 years 1 month ago

How should one hold rudraksha for checking pranic foods?, it doesn't really seems to work for me as Sadhguru says it would. Thank you.

4 years 9 months ago

Is this true? I got mine yesterday and awaiting it on wednesday this week.

6 years 1 month ago

Is there someone in the foundation who can guide one to purchase the correct Rudraksha mala or bead. Some who can also help with the experiences one is having after wearing one? Would appreciate if you could inbox the contact details. Thanks

6 years 1 month ago

Ooo Ali on the picture!

"They will not take sesame seads from anybodys hands..."

But is it ok if I buy ready made sesam paste " tahin" from the shop and leaf it in my house for a few days and then consume it. or is this dangerous?

3 years 8 months ago

Please read the comments, there have been multiple questions relating to the same topic. Yet, to answer your question: you can wear Panchamukhi Rudraksha and there's no problem if you are a non-vegetarian.

6 years 1 month ago

"For all those who are only interested in living more donkey’s years, this is the most important aspect. If you check their “happiness-meter” from morning to evening, it does not touch any heights. They want to live longer only because they are scared of death. "

this sounds very much like me... Sadhguru I'm not able get rid of this fear... I hope to get to there one day.

6 years ago

Is it okay to wear 108 rudraksha instead of 109?

3 years 7 months ago


I'm a ISHA Meditator, and currently doing Shivanga. I have one question. I'm recently married. Can I wear Rudraksh (Panchamukhi) while involving in coitus or Do I have to be celibate?

Forgive me for being so naive, lot of people are confusing me.

With Respects,

6 years 1 month ago

i wore it for two years then stopped wearing it in the last year, can i wear it again?

6 years ago

can i wear rudraksha while bathing with shikakai?

3 years 7 months ago


6 years 1 month ago

nothing like that u can wear whatever u feel like but those will be fake ,stuffs like rudraksh,gemstones definately bring good fortunes ....

5 years 10 months ago

Great Information by Sadhguru.

Rudraksha plant can be planted at homes in all climates. It can also be planted in a big pot.
Best is to plant a Rudraksh plant, take care of it and see how beautiful your life becomes.
You can order a plant from any good nursery (available between Rs. 500 onwards).
The plant will start giving fruits after 3-4 years. Same one plant gives hundreds of Rudrakshas and it includes all types of Mukhis - from 1 mukhi to many.

3 years 7 months ago


Thank You for clearing the doubt. I'm wearing 24/7 and finding the changes in me.


6 years 1 month ago

why do we need a sadhguru in life?