Probably rudraksha seed beads.
I did a search on E-bay for rudraksha beads, having never heard of
them. This is the info on one auction...lol...
5 Mukhi Rudraksha is the form of Rudra named Kaalagni. The wealth, in
the form of learning that man gains in the world, should be apparent
and permanent, only then it is meaningful. 5 Faced Rudraksha
is useful for this purpose. In the long run we lose our power to
maintain the learning that we have gained and at last it vanishes.
Agni (fire) purifies the metals and similarly 5 Faced Rudraksha
rectifies all the vices and faults of Jeeva and makes him pure, and
Jeeva gains the form of Pashupati i.e. the Lord of all Creatures,
after becoming free from the animal instincts. By wearing its mala
the wearer's mind remains peaceful. There is no suspicion about the
fact that the wearer of 5 Faced Rudraksha mala never gets untimely
I want to know why "Jeeva" wasn't pure before? I definitely like the
idea for never getting "untimely death". I will also agree whole
heartedly with the "use it or lose it" theory of learning. Plus, I
really could use a peaceful mind...couldn't we all?
They also say that these beads are recommended for: Bone marrow,
liver, kidney, feet, thigh, ear, diseases of fat and diabetes
Doctors schmocktors...I am going to go and bid on some beads! Yeah!
Beyond the very interesting introduction, I did go and look at the
beads. They are a type of 5 lobed seed, that are used as red beads.
Very rough looking. Can't imagine Grandma wearing them. Apparently,
they are a type of rosary. I looked further, and found that..voila!
They are said to have a wonderful smell.
Lisa, (suddenly, everyone and their brother wants to go to Santa Fe
with me. I will have to slink away in the dead of night...) Topanga,