Rudraksha: The Holy Bead

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The extraordinary properties and celestial powers of Rudraksha have been illuminated in the ancient Hindu Shastras such as Rudraksha Jabala Upanishad, Padma Purana, Shiva Mahapurana, Devi Purana and Bhagavat Purana.

In the Shiva Mahapurana, Shiva told Parvati, “My love, any deity can be worshipped with the Rudraksha…Lords Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Ganesh, Surya and other Gods also will be pleased to see a person who wears a Rudraksha.”

Rudraksha literally means “the tears of God,” and specifically, the god, Shiva. It is said, while contemplating the world’s suffering, Shiva unexpectedly began to cry tears of compassion. As his tears trickled to Earth, he transformed them to seeds, to support those seeking freedom from suffering and union with the Divine.

Rudraksha embodies the connection between earth and heaven — between man and god. IMG_1364Hence Rudraksha is an object of worship, and also a form of prayer to reach the higher self.

It is believed that the…

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Mindfulness and engaged living collective – The Mindful Word

The Mindful Word - journal of mindfulness and engaged living

The Mindful Word is a collective of individuals creating a culture of engaged living. The practice of mindfulness is the starting point for this cultural transition. But rather than explore mindfulness in isolation, The Mindful Word aims to further integrate mindful living in everyday life by exploring other aspects of engaged living such as the slow movement, permaculture, engaged spirituality, conscious creativity, wholistic health, participatory culture, and nonviolence.

The ever-changing nature of the world provides an opportunity for even the most negative seeds of war, injustice and environmental destruction to be transformed. However, our highly polarized society often does not allow for the open, compassionate dialogue necessary to transform these seeds. Rather than speaking out against others, The Mindful Word strives to speak out against injustice in an open, inclusive way.

We can choose to water positive seeds or be unaware and get overgrown by negative weeds. Through themindfulword.org, an online magazine that features thought-provoking articles, essays, blogs, and poetry, The Mindful Word is a forum to discuss those choices. As an exchange of ideas and a network of engaged citizens, The Mindful Word invites you to take part in the discussion by contributing your creativity and sharing your thoughts.

The Mindful Word also hosts engaged living events in collaboration with other like-minded groups. Some of the past events include Slow Down and Eat (and the series of Slow Down events) and Dance Temple.

The Mindful Word‘s site, http://www.themindfulword.org, is updated frequently. Refer to the website to stay up to date on everything related to engaged living. So whether you want to gain an insightful perspective on environmental sustainability, learn some useful mindfulness practice techniques or take in a poem or two, come for a visit.

The collective is always open to new members. Whether you want to edit, collaborate on events or just write an article or two, contact us.

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child ― our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh