Planting the Seed: The Rudraksha Mala

Any Satya fan knows that malas are an integral part of any Satya Jewelry collection. The mala is a traditional Buddhist tool of prayer, featuring 108 beads on which to meditate. Most malas consist of beads strung together on hand-knotted silk, with a tassel at the end. Our Seeds of Change Mala stands apart because of its origins as seeds of the rudraksha tree, adding a natural element to our collection.

Satya Jewelry's Seeds of Change Mala

Satya Jewelry’s Seeds of Change Mala

The rudraksha tree is an evergreen native to areas in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Its seeds can have many faces, each number having a different symbolism. The most common seeds have five faces, symbolic of the five faces of Shiva, whose tears are said to have grown into the tree.

A rudraksha tree

A rudraksha tree

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Seeds after the blue shell has been shed. Ready for jewelry! Photo credit: kauaibotanicalgardens.com

Rudraksha seeds have long been used in Ayurvedic healing to decrease stress and encourage a sense of balance in the body. This is contributed to a unique electromagnetic field in each seed, which acts similarly to a magnet in balancing the poles of the heart and brain. A recent study by the Indian Institute of Technology verified these properties, and the seeds are becoming more popular to wear as a functional piece of jewelry!

A fun fact: Pratima Day Spa in New York City has a dedicated rudraksha room – for $65, you can relax in a room draped in rudraksha seeds, which are said to carry an electromagnetic field that calms all aspects of one’s being.

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC

The Rudraksha Room at Pratima Day Spa in NYC
Photo via Pratima Day Spa

Would you wear a rudraksha mala?