om namah shivaya  

Types of Rudraksa:

A Rudraksa of a single face is Siva Himself. It bestows worldly pleasures and salvation. The sins of Brahmin slaughter are washed off at its mere sight. Where it is adored, Fortune cannot be far off. Harms and harassments perish. All desires are fulfilled.

A Rudraksa with two faces is Isa, the lord of devas. It bestows the fulfillment of all desires. Especially that Rudraksa quickly quells the sin of cow-slaughter.

A Rudraksa with three faces always bestows means of enjoyment. As a result of its power, all lores become firmly established.

A Rudraksa with four faces is Brahma Himself. It quells the sins of manslaughter. Its vision and its contact instantaneously bestow the achievement of the four aims of life.

A Rudraksa with five faces dispels all sorts of sins such as accrue from sexual intercourse with a forbidden woman and from eating forbidden food.

A Rudraksa with six faces is kartikeya. A man who wears it on the right arm is certainly absolved of the sins of Brahmin slaughter and the like.

A Rudraksa with seven faces is called Ananga. By wearing it, even a poor man becomes a great lord.

A Rudraksa with eight faces is called Vasumurti and Bhairava. By wearing it a man lives the full span of life. After death he becomes the Trident bearing lord (Siva).

A Rudraksa with nine faces is also Bhairava. Its sage is Kapila. Its presiding goddess is Durga of nine forms, Mahesvari Herself. That Rudraksa should be worn in the left hand with great devotion. That person can attain Sarvesvara.

A Rudraksa with ten faces is Lord Janardana Himself. By wearing it, the devotee shall achieve the fulfillment of all desires.

A Rudraksa with eleven faces is Rudra. By wearing it, one becomes victorious everywhere.

One can wear the twelve face Rudraksa on the hair of the head. All the twelve Adityas (suns) are present therein.

A Rudraksa with thirteen faces is Visvedeva. By wearing it, a man attains the realisation of all desires. He derives good fortune and auspiciousness.

A Rudraksa with fourteen faces is the highest Siva. It should be worn on the head with great devotion. It quells all sins.

Below mentioned are the mantras, which are to be listened with great devotion:

Om Hrim Obeisance Single faced

Om obeisance 2

Klim obeisance 3

Om Hrim obeisance 4

Om Hrim obeisance 5

Om Hrim Hum obeisance 6

Om Hum obeisance 7

Om Hum obeisance 8

Om Hrim Hum obeisance 9

Om Hrim obeisance 10

Om Hrim Hum obeisance 11

Om Kraum Ksaum Raum obeisance 12

Om Hrim obeisance 13

Om obeisance 14

For the achievement of all desired objects, the devotee shall wear the Rudraksa with mantras. He shall have great devotion and faith. He shall be freed form lethargy. On seeing a man with the garland of Rudraksas, all evil spirits, ghosts, Pisacas, witches like Dakini and Sakini; other malignant spirits, evil charms and spells etc. fly away suspecting a quarrel. Seeing a devotee with the garland of Rudraksas, Parvati, Siva, Visnu, Devi, Ganapati, the sub and all the Gods are pleased. Siva, the supreme soul, explained the greatness of ash and Rudraksa that bestow worldly pleasures and salvation, to Girija.
The persons who apply ash and wears Rudraksa are great favourite of Siva. A person devoted to the Japa of the five syllabled mantra is a perfect and noble being. If Mahadeva is worshipped without the Tripundra of ash and without the garland of Rudraksa, he does not bestow the fruit of cherished desire.


RUDRA SAMHITA

Creation

Siva the consort of Gauri, the sole cause of the origin, sustenance, dissolution of the universe, who has understood the reality, who is the endless renown, who is the support of Maya but is free from its influence, whose form is incomprehensible, who is unsullied and who is perfect knowledge itself.

Siva who is prior to Prakrti, who is calm and tranquil, the only excellent Purusa, who has created this visible universe and who stays both within and without like ether. Siva, of manifest form, who having extended himself by way of creation stands in the middle of it while the worlds move around him like iron fillings round the magnet.

The three deities Brahma, Visnu and Mahesa are born of Siva. Among them Mahesa when he has all the substrata of elements is Siva himself as distinct from Mahesa. Like the holy waters of Ganga, the inquiry into the anecdotes of Sadasiva sanctifies the three persons: the narrator, the inquirer and the hearer.

Kamadeva to disturb the penance of Narada

Once Narada, the excellent sage, son of Brahma was inclined to perform penance controlling him. There is a beautiful cave in the Himalayan Mountain near which the celestial river flows rapidly. There was a great hermitage of divine splendour, which was resplendent in many ways. Narada endowed with divine vision went there to perform the penance. The sage performed meditation and contemplation wherein the realisation was generated. When Narada performed the penance, the mind of Indra became excessively agitated and got trembled, since he wanted to spoil the penance. The King of devas, endowed with crooked intelligence to achieve his interests, saw Kama.

Narada was performing a penance in the Himalayan Mountain directing his mind towards the Lord of the universe with great mental control and firm resolve. Indra was scared that Narada may beg Brahma for his kingdom and so he decided to go there and cause hindrances to the penance. Being thus commanded by Indra, Kamadeva, accompanied by his wife Rati and Madhu, his friend, went haughtily to that place and prepared their own means of attack.

Indra applied all his arts there immediately. Spring too haughtily spread his prowess of diverse nature. Naradas mind still did not waver. Only their arrogance suffered a setback and that too by the favour of Mahesa.

By the controlling power of the lord, Kama could not exercise any influence. It was at that very place, that Siva, the indefatigable enemy of Kama, had formerly performed a great penance. It was there that Kama was reduced to ashes Kama who used to spoil the penances of sages. Siva said that whatever place all around that spot was visible to persons there, will be out of the influence of Kama forever. It was due to this statement of Siva that Kamas viles did not prevail upon Narada. From Sivas abode he went to Indra. Kama then narrated everything about the sage and commended his power. At Indras bidding, Kama returned to his own place. Deluded by Sivas Maya (power of illusion) Indra was unaware of the true facts and was greatly surprised and admired Narada.

Sivas Maya is incomprehensible to all. The whole universe is deluded by it. Only the true devotees of dedicated souls escape. Backed by Sivas blessings, Narada stayed in the hermitage for a long time. Then realising that his penance was complete, the sage Narada concluded the same. Thinking that he had conquered Kama, he was puffed with pride. He was devoid of true knowledge and deluded by Sivas Maya.

Blessed and very blessed is Sivas Maya. Even Visnu, Brahma and others did not know the turn it would take. In the state of delusion and puffed up arrogance, the great sage Narada went to Kailasa to expatiate on his own achievement. Bowing down to Rudra, the sage arrogantly spoke of his exploits with the conviction that he was equal to the noble souled lord, the conqueror of Kama, i.e. Siva.

Siva, who is favourable, disposed to his devotees, advised Narada who was ignorant of the real case, whose mind had strayed and whom His Maya had deluded.

Rudra told Narada that he was blessed and told him to not to speak like that anywhere else, especially in the presence of Visnu. He further told him that even if he was asked, he should not mention his achievements. These should be guarded as close secrets and should never be expressed. Rudra told this Narada since he was a great devotee of Visnu as well as his follower.
Lord Rudra, the cause of creation advised him in many ways. But Narada who was under the influence of Sivas Maya did not take up the wholesome advice. Then the great sage went to Brahmas world. After saluting Brahma, he told him about his conquest of Kama as a result of his penance.

On hearing that Brahma remembered the lotus like feet of Siva and knew thereby the true cause, he then forbade his son.
Although, foremost among the wise, Narada did not take up the advise of Brahma as he had been deluded by Sivas Maya. The sprout of arrogance had been so fixed in his mind.

Everything takes place in the world in the manner Siva wills. It is true that the entire universe is dependent on His wills. Narada hastened to Visnuloka in the same state of senseless arrogance, to boast of his exploits in the presence of Visnu. When Visnu saw Narada approaching, he could guess the purpose of his visit. He stood up and received him cordially and walked forward and embraced him lovingly. He made Narada sit comfortably. After remembering the lotus-like feet of Siva.

Visnu told Narada that he was foremost among all the sages and was blessed. Visnu was sanctified by his visit and asked him the reasons of his visit. On this, Narada narrated the story in the same haughty manner. On hearing the arrogant words of the sage Narada, Visnu remembered the lotus like feet of Siva again and understood the true cause. Visnu, a leading devotee of Siva, with his soul dedicated to Siva, bowed his head and eulogised Paramesvara, the lord of the holy mountain, with his palms joined in reverence.

Visnu requested the Lord Mahadeva to be pleased and enchant everyone. Having thus chanted the prayer to Siva, the supreme Atman, he closed his eyes and meditated on His lotus-like feet and stopped.

Visnu tried to explain Narada about his success in penance; Narada replied what could Kama do to me if you remain favourable to me. After having made this statement Narada who had paid a casual visit bowed to Visnu and left .

Illusion of Narada

When Narada left who had come casually, Visnu skilful in wielding his Maya, spread his Maya on Sivas will. On the path of Narada a big city was created, which was surprisingly more beautiful than the Heaven. The king named Silanidhi was preparing for the gorgeous celebration of the voluntary wooing, Svayamvara, of his daughter.
On seeing such a splendid city Narada was enchanted and he eagerly went to the palace threshold with his kindled love. King offered Narada a seat on the splendid throne studded with precious gems and asked her daughter Srimati to kneel down at the feet of sage.

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eulogizing Siva. They considered everything as Sivas will.


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