The rudraksha mala is considered the most sacred necklace for yogis as the seed (rudraksha) is connected to Lord Shiva the great guru of the yoga traditions. These malas are especially special as they are taken to Paramahansa Yogananda’s shrine (Mother Center) by the monks and nuns of Self Realization Fellowship for his blessings.Rudraksha is the seed of the Elaeocarpus ganitrus tree commonly found in northern India, Nepal, and Indonesia. These seeds have a very unique and powerful vibration that enhances Japa mantra or the recitation of the aspirants (sadhaka) given mantra. There are 108 beads-seeds and the tassel is very sacred and called the Bindu or Meru. Wearing a rudraksha mala provides a protective shield of your energy and they should not be considered as jewelry. These malas are a sacred link between your individual soul (jiva) and the great Mahadeva (Shiva) being of light. Use them to count your mantras and also your pranayama practices and enhance your concentration.