is an important healing tool used in Vedic astrology as gems have the ability
to create balance in the body and get it rid of diseases and ailments. Basically,
this therapy can be used by an expert to heal the body, mind, and spirit of an
individual. Therefore, It is used in relation to the study of planetary
influences in his natal chart. In addition to the healing powers of
gemstones, ancient Hinduism also has some great legends related to the origin
of various gemstones and how they came into being and found use in astrological
healing later on. Here are some ways in which gem therapy is used in Hinduism
to neutralize the ill effects of planets or enhance their positive effects.
According to the
ancient Jyotish science of Hinduism, each gemstone associated with a planet. Each planet has its own color which corresponds to the color vibration of its stone. The healing gemstone acts as a filter and absorbs. It reflects
these color energy fields and balances their effect on the human body. The
positive vibrations of the gemstones neutralize the negative ones of the
planets and protect the wearer from them. The ancient Vedic text Brihat Samhita
throws light on the healing influences of various gemstones. Hindu astrology,
even suggests cheaper alternatives for natives. Who do not have the financial
resources to invest in the more expensive healing & nbsp;stones.
According to Hindu astrology gemstones can wear in the form of rings and pendants.
In such a manner that they are in contact with the skin of the wearer so
that the cosmic rays may be transmitted in his body. There
are different fingers for wearing different gemstone rings. While pendants
need to touch the heart or throat chakra of the wearer to be properly
manner in which healing gemstones have been used in Hinduism is in the
form of gem tinctures. Like herb tinctures, gem tinctures prepare by
soaking the gemstones in 50-100% alcohol solution for a certain period of
instance, the preparation of diamond or sapphire tincture involves soaking
the gemstones for a one month period, starting from one full moon to the
the other hand, organic stone like corals and pearls soak in weaker
solutions for shorter time intervals. Gem ash can prepare by burning them
and making them safe for ingestion by humans.
Gemstones Properties, Identification and Use
bhasma or gem ash is popular as a quick healer. Which makes it even more
expensive as compared to the gemstone itself. The
basis of healing powers and techniques related to astrological gemstones
in Hinduism may be different as that used in Western astrology. But the
fact remains is that both the systems revere the gemstones for their healing
rely on the natural color balancing powers of gemstones as the mainstay of
the study of their individual healing powers. In Indian Astrology,
the horoscope (janma patrika) of the person is derived before advising him any
gems or stones. The horoscope establishes the position of various planets and
their influence during various periods in one’s life. Thus, the concept of
Indian Gemology is based on planetary influence and is said to provide more
fruitful results and changes for better living conditions.
Putting on different
gems and stones, as per one’s Zodiacal and Numerological interpretations, is an
age old tradition existing all over the world. However, the ritual is much
complicated in India in comparison to other countries. Indian astrology has
acquired Vedic roots where a number of factors are considered before finally
recommending gems and stones to the believers.
Although the gems found
in India are legion, gemologists list 84 stones as a core part of Indian
gemology. Subsequently, amongst these, nine stones form the esteemed Navaratna.
These are: Ruby, Pearl, Coral, Emerald, Sapphire (yellow or white), Diamond,
Blue Sapphire, Gomedha and Cat’s eye.
Again, out of these
nine-stones, five are collectively known as Maha-ratnas (most superior gems).
These are – Ruby, Pearl, Diamond, Emerald and Blue Sapphire.
It is believed that the
purity of the Navaratna (nine gems) is such that they are suitable to almost
all persons, irrespective of their horoscope or planetary positions. The nine
stones are manifestations of abundant wealth, happiness, fame, longevity, honor
and mental peace. Generally, no specific weight is prescribed while wearing the
gem, however, its authenticity and flawlessness bear utmost significance.
auspicious time and day for the wearing is quite important and, if necessary, a
havan (ritual fire) or puja is also performed for the same. The gems should be
set by a knowledgeable jeweler (in a particular format) either in gold or in
Of pinkish red color,
it generally occurs in crystals of six-sided prisms. There are several
attributes which decide the quality of the Ruby. For instance, when immersed in
milk, the red rays simply breaks or splits the liquid. Again, when rubbed
against the stone, the friction may damage the stone; however, the weight of
the Ruby must remain intact.
In another example,
when reflected against the mirror in the early morning, if the Ruby throws rays
on the lower part of the mirror it is of superior quality. Finally, in case,
the stone lacks luster, is brittle, has cracks, spotted oris, it is regarded as flawed.
Pearls come in white,
black, yellow, salmon pink, blue, red, green and brown. The ones with a pinkish
luster are the most popular and expensive. They come almost exclusively from
the Persian Gulf. Although, the Pearl is organic in nature, it is composed of
minerals and occurs in the Pearl oyster every year during the two spawning
seasons. The luster of the Pearl is dependent on the layers of the ocean beds.
There are two major centers for Pearl diving in India. These are located off
the southern coast of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. A Pearl with cracks on the
skin is considered flawed, a jointed facade, a mole. It is very lusterless and
contains mud or other material inside.
A Coral is generally
red or sindoori (vermilion) in color. The use of the coral in jewelry dates
back to the Romans who considered it auspicious if worn in amulets. Owing of
its auspiciousness, the Coral, though not a precious stone, has been given a
coveted place in the Navaratna. A good Coral is opaque red, is perfectly round
or oval and regular; is smooth and gives off lovely splendors. A Coral is
defective if it is cracked; spotted; has either double or multiple shades; or
the surface is in any way depressed or twisted.
An Emerald is basically
velvety green in color; most Emeralds are blemished by inclusions and cracks
which greatly diminish their value. A flawless Emerald, like a flawless Ruby,
is extremely rare and valuable. The usage of stone is as old as 1st century AD
as the famous Roman author, Pliny (23 AD – August 25, 79 AD), was writes about
Emerald, “Neither dimness nor shade, nor yet the light of a candle causes them
to lose their luster.” The Udaipur Emerald has a dark green color but is
brittle. The Ajmer Emerald, on the other hand, is of a paler shade. The most
coveted Emerald is that which is smooth, radiant and without cracks or dots.
A Sapphire is either
yellow or white in color and is also famous called Pushparaj. The purest form
of Sapphire generally possesses eight main qualities: it feels quite heavy when
kept on the palm; appears clean, pure and completely spotless; weighs solid
without any layer; has a yellow hue; feels smooth to touch, and its radiance
perks up when fretted on a testing stone. A Pukhraj or Pushparaj with blemishes
like asymmetry, a blackish tinge, blots or a whitish-yellow coloring is
considered inauspicious and is not used in jewelry.
This is no modern-day
feat; diamonds have always held great value to the Indians. Texts as ancient as
Kautilya's Arthashastra speak of diamond trade in India. Treasures discovered in
the vaults of Indian temples comprise not just gold coins but several precious
diamonds. In other words, diamonds have always held pride of place in the Hindu
culture. The Sanskrit word for diamond is Vajra and Vajrayudham is the name
given to the thunderbolt weapon used by the deity Indra. Ever since Hindu
artisans began sculpting the statues of deities, diamonds have received pride
of place as the eyes of these statues. According to Hindu scriptures, diamonds
are of eight different types that differ in their color and hue. These include
a conch-colored diamond called Hanspati, a grassy green-colored variety called
Vanaspati, a bluish-white type called Vajraneel, a lotus pink-colored diamond
called Kamlapati, the grey colored Shyamvajra, a yellowish-green Sanloyi, a
dark colored Telia variety and Vasanthi.
There is a belief that
Diamonds are of three kinds: male, female and eunuch, of which the male is
considered the best. Another opinion is that Diamonds are ranked according to
their radiance and structural splendor. It should be graded on the basis of
four varnas; Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. A typical male Diamond is
the one which light and round, reflecting all the seven rainbow colors. It also
vivdly exhibits all eight facets without showing any lines or dots as such. A
defective or blemished Diamond is said to cause great harm.
The best Blue Sapphires
are originally found in Kashmir. They are called ‘mayur neelam’ meaning peacock
blue. Its most significant quality is that it doesn’t change color but instead
throws off a navy blue shade when exposed to electric light. An auspicious
Sapphire should be radiant, brilliant, crystal clear, and soft to touch. It gives
off rays from within its body. The Blue Sapphire, however, is not supposed to
suit all kinds of temperaments. Despite its purity and preciousness, it may not
be universally auspicious.
Gomedha has the color
of red smoke or honey. Also called zircon, chemically it is a silicate of zirconium
and crystals and occurs either as a four-sided prism or as water pebbles. To be
considered lucky, the stone should illumine a pure color, be homogenous and
smooth to touch. If it displays a black radiance, is quite rough to touch, and
looks resembles a yellow glass piece, the Gomedha is unlucky. Gomedhas from Sri
Lanka are world famous and are of the best quality. Good quality Gomedhas are
also found in Bihar, Kulu, Shimla, Kashmir and Coimbatore, in India.
A Cat’s eye is also called
Sutramani. It is either blackish or yellowish in color with a lustrous band
inside. The band is the most interesting part of the stone, and it moves when
the stone is turned. Good quality gems are mostly found in Tiruvananthapuram
(Kerala), India. The brilliance and straightness indicate the superiority of
the stone. The ones that have depression, spots, web or dullness are considered
flawed and inauspicious.
According to Hindu
mythology there are three kinds of gems – those which belong to Swarga-loka
(heaven), to Patala loka (hell) and to Mrityu-loka (valley of the
dead). Under Swarga-loka, there are four gems. These are –
Chintamani – A white gem worn by Brahma and all
his successes are attributed to the gem.
Kaustubhamani – A gem with the colors of a
lotus flower and the brilliance of Sun’s rays; it adorns Vishnu.
Rudramani – A golden colored stone worn by
Syamantakamani – A brilliant, blue colored, gem
worn by Indra.The serpents that inhabit Patala-loka have their own precious
gems in black, blue, yellow, green, white, red, pink and milky colors. All
precious and semi-precious stones known on earth are those of Mrityu-loka.
Gems can be embedded in
different ornaments including finger-rings, amulets and armlets. They are
generally prescribed in accordance with the Date-of-Birth and Sun-Sign of the
person. However, opinions on this vary greatly and individuals are advised
against investing in a precious or semi-precious stone unless they firmly
believe in their efficacy.
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