Can we eat rudraksha fruits

Chapter 25 - The Glory of the Rudraksha Pearls

Suta continued:
Oh wise Saunaka, you most clever one of the form of Shiva, listen to me, you noble-minded one, as I speak to you about the glory of the Rudrakshas. The Rudraksha is Shiva's favorite pearl. It sanctifies immensely and erases all sins when you touch, look at or sing about them. Shiva once spoke to the goddess about the greatness of the Rudraksha, oh wise one, because the Supreme Soul wanted to help the world.

Shiva said:
Oh great goddess, Maheshani, bow your ear to the splendor of the Rudraksha. I speak to you out of love and to benefit Shiva's followers. Oh Maheshani, once I repented for a thousand divine years. But even though I reined him rigorously, my mind was restless. To help the world I opened my eyes a little out of consciousness of myself and some beautiful tears fell on the earth from which the Rudraksha plants grew. They were settled and given as a blessing to the people. The Rudrakshas in the country of Gauda are my favorite, but they also grow in Mathura, Lanka, Ayodhya, Malaya, the Sahya Mountains, Kasi and elsewhere. You can break walls of accumulated sins that seem unbearable. At my request there are the castes of brahmins, kshatriyas, vaisyas and shudras. And the rudrakshas also have four colors, so that all people can wear the rudrakshas according to their boxes. Whoever desires my blessings and worldly joys as well as salvation should wear Rudrakshas. Are they the size of the Myrobalan fruit? (Indian gooseberry, 15-30mm), it's the best pearls. If their size corresponds to the fruit of the jujube, they are of medium size and the smallest of them are the size of a pea (3-9mm). Oh Parvati, be lovable and keep listening to the blessings of the world.

Even the lowest Rudraksha brings blessings and increases happiness and joy in the world. The little Rudrakshas dissolve ailments, and the bigger ones grant desires. The lighter (and drier) is a Rudraksha, the more beneficial it is. Although each of them is profitable, the scholars consider the most beneficial to those who are only a tenth of their weight. The Rudraksha can be worn with certainty, for its beneficial effects are certain. Oh Parameshvari, no other necklace or garland in the world is so auspicious and blessed. And, oh goddess, a pearl necklace of Rudraksha of uniform size, shiny, firm, round and with clear curvature grants the fulfillment of all desires, worldly joys and ultimately everlasting redemption. Only six types of rudrakshas should be avoided: those eaten by worms, cut or broken, those without bulges, those with cracks or non-round pearls. The pearls with a natural hole from one end to the other are the best. But also those drilled for threading by human hands are of good effect. Anyone who wears eleven hundred rudrakshas on their body can be considered a rudra. The merit of wearing eleven hundred pearls cannot be expressed in words in hundreds of years. The pious man winds five hundred and fifty rudrakshas as a crown around his head. Three hundred and sixty pearls were to be worn by him in three strings in the manner of the sacred cord. Oh Maheshvari, the good pendant wears three pearls in his forelock and six on each ear. He wears one hundred and one rudraksha around his neck, eleven around each arm and elbow and wrists. In the sacred cord itself there should be three pearls, and around the waist there should be five. Whoever wears so many Rudrakshas is worth bowing and worshiping, O Parameshvari, as if I were being worshiped. If such a person is preparing to meditate, then he should be respectfully addressed with "oh Shiva" after being offered a good seat. The sight of this meditating person frees you from all sins. This is the rule of the eleven hundred rudrakshas. But those who do not have that many available can follow the following wholesome procedure. Take care, oh goddess, and listen to me.

One rudraksha belongs in the forelock, thirty on the head, fifty around the neck, sixteen on each arm, twelve around each wrist, five hundred on the shoulders, and three strings with 108 pearls each are worn like the sacred string. Whoever wears a thousand Rudrakshas in total and steadfastly carries out his rites, the gods bow to him as they do to Rudra himself.

Then there is the following possibility: one rudraksha in the forelock, forty on the forehead, thirty-two around the neck, 108 over the chest, six in each ear, sixteen around each arm, and depending on the size of the wearer twelve or twenty-four on the forearm. Anyone who wears so many rudrakshas out of sheer love for Shiva is a great devotee, is treated like Shiva and is worthy of all worship.

If one wears Rudrakshas on the head, then the Ishana mantra belongs to it, on the ears the Tripurusha mantra and around the neck and chest the Aghora mantra.

The wise devotee wears the rudrakshas around his forearms with the Aghora Bija mantra, and the chain of fifteen pearls in front of his belly with the Vamadeva mantra. If you wear three, five or seven garlands, the five mantras that begin with sadyojata are good. One can also bless all mantras with the root mantra, the basic mantra: Namah Shivaya.

An ascetic devotee should stay away from meat, red and white garlic, onions, cordia fruits (Slesmataka, a type of plum), Culinary herbs, unclean pigs and alcohol. And, oh Uma, daughter of the mountains, Brahmins should wear white rudrakshas, ​​Kshatriyas red, Vaisyas yellow, and Shudras black. The path is also taught by the Vedas. Neither householder, forest dweller, ascetic nor anyone else should evade this secret advice. Only through great merit does one get the opportunity to be able to wear the rudrakshas at all. And who then misses the opportunity, goes to hell.

Oh Uma, the Rudraksha is the particularly auspicious addition to my Linga. Therefore the little ones are also praiseworthy. I invite people of all castes and genders to wear them. And I also recommend the mantra "OM" to the ascetics. Whoever wears the Rudraksha during the day will be cleansed from the sins of the night. And whoever wears them in the night dissolves the sins of the day. It also happens in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Whoever wears tripundra, matted hair and rudrakshas does not have to go to the realm of Yamas.

So also hear Yama's commandment to his followers:
Whoever wears at least one Rudraksha on his head, sings Tripundra on his forehead and “Namah Shivaya”, should be honored by all of you. Because these are holy people. You can bring the person who has no rudraksha with him, no tripundra on his forehead and who has never said the five-syllable mantra. We know and honor the power of whoever carries the ashes. You should never bring him here.

At these words, the followers of Yama remained silent and, surprised, agreed to him. So you see, Mahadevi, that both the rudrakshas and the people who wear them are my favorites. Even a sinner becomes pure again through my favor. Those who wear rudrakshas around their hands, arms and head cannot be killed by any living being. He wanders the world in my shape. Gods and demons respect and honor him. And the sight of it clears up sins. If one is not yet liberated after meditation and gaining knowledge, one should wear rudrakshas. Then he will be freed from sin and can achieve the highest goal. Repeating a mantra while wearing rudrakshas is a million times more meritorious than without rudrakshas. Neither does premature death come to a living soul that carries Rudrakshas on the body. Oh goddess, if you look at a person whose limbs are covered with rudrakshas, ​​who is wearing the tripundra and murmuring the Tryambaka mantra, then you come to rudra. One is a darling of the five gods Surya, Ganesha, Durga, Rudra and Vishnu, yes a darling of all gods. Oh beloved, my followers should always chant mantras while wearing rudraksha necklaces. Followers of Vishnu or other gods should not hesitate to wear rudrakshas either. Rudra devotees in particular should always have Rudrakshas with them.

There are different types of rudrakshas. I explain them to you, O Parvati, listen devotedly, for pearls bring worldly joys and redemption.

A rudraksha with a face (Mukhi, vertical line) is Shiva himself. Even at the sight of her, the greatest sin such as the murder of the Brahmin is simply washed away. Wherever she is worshiped, happiness is not far. Suffering and persecution end and blessings come. A rudraksha with two faces is Isha, the lord of all gods. This Rudraksha stills special sins like killing a cow and fulfills wishes. A three-faced rudraksha always provides the means for prosperity. Their power establishes the traditional laws for the good of the people. A four-faced rudraksha is Brahma himself. She erases the sin of murder. If you see or touch them, you immediately attain the four goals in life. A rudraksha with five faces is rudra. She is stately and her name is Kalagni. It grants all kinds of deliverance and blessings. It also frees them from sins such as sexual association with unwholesome women or eating improper food. A six-faced Rudraksha is Kartikeya. Whoever wears it on the right arm is sure to be redeemed from sins such as Brahmin murder. A seven-faced rudraksha, oh Maheshani, is called ananga. Oh Deveshi, when a poor man bears them, he becomes a great lord. An eight-faced rudraksha is called a vasumurti or bhairava. The person who wears them lives a whole life span, and after his death he becomes the trident-bearing lord, Shiva. A Rudraksha with nine faces also stands for Bhairava. Their sage is Kapila, and the ruling goddess is Durga of the nine figures, you Maheshvari. This Rudraksha should be worn on the left hand with great devotion, because then one becomes Sarveshvara, the Lord of everything, like me. A Rudraksha with ten faces is Lord Janardana himself. Whoever wears it, oh goddess, gets all wishes fulfilled. An eleven-faced rudraksha is rudra, and it grants victory everywhere to the wearer. A Rudraksha with twelve faces should be worn in the head hair, and in it the twelve Adityas live. A thirteen-faced Rudraksha is Vishvadeva. It fulfills a person's every desire, and gives him happiness and a good destiny. A fourteen-faced Rudraksha is Sadashiva. It should be worn on the head and with the greatest humility because it erases all sins.

Oh daughter of the mountain king, that's how I told you all about the different classes of pearls I love. Now also pay attention to the associated mantras.

1 face: Om hriem namah
2 faces: Om namah
3 faces: Om kliem namah
4 faces: Om hriem namah
5 faces: Om hriem namah
6 faces: Om hriem hum namah
7 faces: Om hum namah
8 faces: Om hum namah
9 faces: Om hriem hum namah
10 faces: Om hriem namah
11 faces: Om hriem hum namah
12 faces: Om kraum ktlich raum namah
13 faces: Om hriem namah
14 faces: Om namah

Yes, oh goddess, in order to achieve all of one's goals one should wear the rudrakshas with her mantras. Because this frees you from lethargy and gives surrender and trust. Those who disregard the mantras fall into a horrible hell for the duration of fourteen reigning Indras. All evil spirits, ghosts, witches like Dakini and Sakini, evil spells and curses flee from an upright person who rightly wears the rudrakshas, ​​because they fear the conflict. In return, the gods like Vishnu, Ganesha and the sun are delighted at the same sight. You see now, oh great goddess, that it is important to understand the meaning of the rudrakshas and the mantras and to apply them so that virtue can develop.

And Suta continued:
So it was when Shiva explained to his Parvati the size of ashes, rudrakshas and mantras. Whoever follows his words is dear to Shiva, the Supreme Soul, and this brings the faithful follower the fulfillment of worldly joys and salvation. Whoever carries ashes and rudrakshas is called a follower of Shiva. And whoever is devoted to repeating “Namah Shivaya” is a noble and perfect soul. If Mahadeva is worshiped without ashes, tripundra or rudrakshas, ​​he does not grant the desired fruits. Now I have told you everything, you wise ones, what you have asked me. Whoever listens attentively to such extremely fortunate words and their meaning will win something good. Here he is sure to be happy and have many children and grandchildren. There he will be a favorite of Shiva.

That was all about Vidyeshvara Samhita, you noble sages. As Shiva ordained, it grants the fulfillment of all desires and salvation.

OM - end of Shiva-Purana Mahatmyam - OM