Rudraksha Seed


Rudraksha seedDark red with a grooved, deeply convoluted surface, the small rudraksha nut was first strung into a mala more than 1,000 years ago. It is revered by followers of the Hindu God Shiva, the divine destroyer. This sacred seed is sold for pennies a handful in temple stalls throughout India, allowing even the poorest devotee to afford a rosary.

The rough surface of the rudraksha seed represents the ascetic life required for the worship of Shiva. Whatever your beliefs, its texture encourages us to contemplate (and accept) the fact that things do not always go smoothly.

Dharma Beads: Making and Using Your Own Buddhist Malas
Joanna Arettam (2000) Journey Editions; Tuttle Publishing