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Why do gems have value?

 By Richard S Brown, PG

Why do gems have value? Why does any “thing” have value? If we analyze the factors we can see four factors at play, and with a 5th factor also coming into play as the case may be. These 5 value factors are:

  1. Beauty
  2. Rarity
  3. Durability
  4. Portability

And in some cases involving sacred objects an extra consideration would be…

5. Power

In progress…

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Gemology|Comments Off on Why do gems have value?


by Richard S Brown, PG

•Sun: Core self, central energies, relations to government 

•Moon: Emotions, overall nervous makeup, way of relating to life 

•Mars: Raw energy, aggression, lower side 

•Mercury: Intellect, communication ability, diplomatic nature 

•Jupiter: One’s higher knowledge, wisdom, relations with divine law/higher truths 

•Venus: One’s pleasures, refinement and grace in actions, beauty 

•Saturn: One’s obstacles, sorrows, great challenges 

•Rahu: One’s oddity, foreign elements, unexpected events 

•Ketu: One’s lack, separations, spirituality
By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Jyotisha|Comments Off on MAIN MEANINGS OF 9 PLANETS IN JYOTISH

Benefics & Malefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

By Richard S Brown, PG

By nature planets are benefic, viz., Moon, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus; while other planets are malefic, viz., Mars, Saturn, Rahu & Ketu; and Sun is mixed. But the same planets will also be either malefic or benefic for each person depending on their Lagna or Rising Sign.

Here are the guidelines for planetary Benefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

*Aries Ascendant: Mars, Sun, Jupiter and Moon are functional benefic. Rahu, Ketu and Mercury are malefic.

*Taurus Ascendant: Saturn, Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Gemini Ascendant: Venus and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mars, Jupiter and Sun are malefic.

*Cancer Ascendant: Moon and Mars are benefic. Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are malefic.

*Leo Ascendant: Sun, Mars and Jupiter are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mercury and Venus are malefic.

*Virgo Ascendant: Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Libra Ascendant: Saturn, Venus and Mercury are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Jupiter and Mars are malefic.

*Scorpio Ascendant: Moon, Jupiter and Sun are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mercury and Venus are malefic.

*Sagittarius Ascendant: Mars and Sun are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Mercury and Venus are malefic

*Capricorn Ascendant: Venus, Mercury and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu. Mars and Moon are malefic.

*Aquarius Ascendant: Venus and Saturn are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Moon, Mars and Jupiter are malefic.

*Pisces Ascendant: Moon and Mars are benefic. Rahu, Ketu, Sun and Venus are malefic.

—Ideally one should seek to harness a planet that is both a functional benefic as well as a natural benefic.

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Jyotisha|Comments Off on Benefics & Malefics by Lagna (Rising Sign)

Puranic Quotes AGAINST very flawed gems

Compiled by Richard S Brown, PG

Ref. Sri Garuda Puranam

by Paramahamsa Sri Suta Goswami

NATURAL RUBY: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A ruby, although genuine, should not be worn if it has strong color banding, excessive inclusions within like numerous internal cracks, a sandy appearance, a rough surface, or is dull and lusterless. Anyone using such a flawed ruby, even out of ignorance, will suffer from disease, or loss of fortune.” Chap. 70 

NATURAL PEARL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A pearl of the auspicious quality should be white, translucent, round in shape, lustrous, and of good weight and size.” Chap. 69 

NATURAL YELLOW SAPPHIRE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Yellow sapphires must be evenly colored, flawless and well shaped in order to be considered auspicious.” Chap. 74 

NATURAL HESSONITE (Karketana): Sri Suta Goswami said, “Hessonites which are flawed, lack luster, or white or bluish in color are considered inferior and inauspicious.” Chap. 75 

NATURAL EMERALD: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Emeralds considered inauspicious are blackish, devoid of luster, appearing dirty inside or dried and brittle. Anyone concerned with their own well-being should never purchase or wear any oiled, dyed, or treated emerald. Also, emeralds of mixed colors are strictly forbidden.” Chap. 71 

NATURAL DIAMOND: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Anyone wearing a seriously flowed or clouded diamond which refracts a reddish glimmer from defective facet edges, will surely be abandoned by the goddess of fortune. A diamond containing red spots will bring ruin.” Chap. 68/2  

NATURAL BLUE SAPPHIRE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Blue sapphires and all other gems should never be subjected to burning for improving their color and clarity, as misfortune will certainly befall anyone doing so.” Chap. 72 

NATURAL RED CORAL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “A well polished, bright coral with rich, soothing dark-red colors and without flaws is considered very auspicious. It possesses power to increase the riches and wheat supplies of its wearer and also removes obstacles and dangers.” Chap. 80 

NATURAL RED GARNETS: Sri Suta Goswami said, “As with rubies, garnets colored like the petals of the red lotus are considered the rarest and most beautiful and possess the mystic virtue of increasing both the wealth and progeny of their owners.” Chap. 77 

NATURAL GREEN JADE: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Among all gems, fine quality jade has the greatest ability to remove negative karmic reactions.” Chap. 79 

NATURAL QUARTZ CRYSTAL: Sri Suta Goswami said, “Knowledgeable gemologists advise that flawed varieties that are included, fractured, or discolored should be completely avoided.” Chap. 76

NOTE: Although in Sri Garuda Purana, Sri Suta Goswami has said nothing about gem choosing methods nor planetary associations (except for alluding to gems for the Sun and Moon),  WHAT HE DOES REPEAT IS: “Clarity, quality, purity!!!” Over and over Sri Suta Goswami says to use top quality, flawless gems ONLY! As well as repeating that very flawed gems are actually considered to be harmful!

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Indology|Comments Off on Puranic Quotes AGAINST very flawed gems

Syamantaka Ruby OR Shyamantaka Sapphire?

By Richard Shaw Brown

The following is my all-time favorite gemstone story. This legend is derived from the 10th Canto of the great Bhagavata Maha-purana : Book 10, Chapter VII. Over 5,000 years ago, at the end of the Dvarpara-yuga or the “Copper Age,” the 8th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared on the Earth as Lord Krishna. During the latter part of His sojourn on this planet Krishna was involved in a misunderstanding over a wonderful ruby known as the Syamantaka gem.

There was a King named Satrajit who was a devotee of Surya, the Sun-god. After many years of worship King Satrajit was finally blessed by the Sun-god who gave him a fabulous ruby as a reward for his dedication. This ruby was named “Syamantaka” and it had the power to produce 1.5 tons (8 bhara) of gold daily for it’s owner. Such was the great brilliance of this gem that people mistook King Satrajit to be the Sun-god himself where ever he wore the jewel. One day Satrajit went to visit Lord Krishna on His island Kingdom of Dvaraka. Krishna, understanding Satrajit’s inflated ego and attachment, asked him to give the gem to the Yadu King Ugrasena. When Satrajit refused, Krishna relented and said nothing further about the matter. But the devoted denizens of Dvaraka were surprised and soon gossip spread throughout the Kingdom.

Later, the brother of Satrajit, Prasena, borrowed the gem and went boldly into the forest to hunt. Unknown to anyone, Prasena was killed by a great lion who was in turn killed by Jambavan, the King of Bears, who took the Syamantaka jewel into his cave and gave it to his child to play with. Soon the news of the gems disappearance turned into ugly rumors that perhaps Krishna was responsible for the theft. Sensing the people’s doubt, Lord Krishna ventured out to search for the gem accompanied by a large group of followers. Later they found the dead bodies of both Prasena and the lion. Finally they came to the cave of Jambavan and Krishna entered the cave alone, leaving his associates out side. Seeing Krishna and not knowing his true greatness, Jambavan engaged Him in mortal combat. After the fighting had continued unabated for over 14 days and nights Jambavan began losing strength while Krishna was still strong and getting stronger. At this point Jambavan realized Krishna’s true identity and offered Krishna the jewel and his daughter in apology.

When Krishna returned triumphantly to Dvaraka the truth became known and the Lord returned the Syamantaka gem to King Satrajit. The legend of the gem continues, but the most memorable part of the legend involves Lord Krishna.

Of course most devotees already know this story, but a mistake of spelling wrongly as “Shyamantaka” has led to the incorrect idea that Syamantaka was a blue sapphire (Saturn’s gem). Even Amar Chitra Katha comic books in India, as well as BBT artists make this mistake, and they spell as Shyamantaka and show the Sun God is giving a blue sapphire to Satrajit. This is completely incorrect. If anyone looks at the Sanskrit they will see it is not spelled Shyamantaka, the real spelling is “SYAMANTAKA” which means the Ruby (Sun’s gem) after which this story is named. The story also describes how the people mistook King Satrajit “as the Sungod” whenever he wore the gem, so it was surely not a blue sapphire (Saturn’s gem).

I hope this is clear and the misconception, mistaken spelling, and wrong depiction can be corrected.

By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Jyotisha|Comments Off on Syamantaka Ruby OR Shyamantaka Sapphire?

Anukul Gems vs Pratikul Gems

by Richard S. Brown, PG

Gems increase planetary rays, for better or worse, depending if the planet is well placed or ill placed (anukul or pratikul graha).

A simple analogy is friends and enemies. You never want to strengthen your ill wishers. But associating with and giving strength to your well-wishers and friends gives you benefit. In other words gems work same as their graha.

But we must not confuse a graha that’s weak with a graha that is pratikul. Your friend may be weak or strong but he is always your friend. And giving strength to your weak anukul planets is sensible, not vise versa.

In order to pacify a pratikul planet one can resort to Ratna-arpana or donating gems to correct receiver, such as donating Gomeda in silver to a leper on a Saturday night during waxing moon is the best way to reduce ill-effects of Rahu, and so on.

Pratikul Planet’s gem choosing method for overcoming an evil or ill-placed planet is based on the misconception that a ‘pratikul’ (inauspicious) planet is strengthened by wearing it’s gem and there by it changes from being inauspicious (pratikul) to become auspicious (anukul).

ILLOGIC: By providing the gem for a malefic planet, benefic results will follow.

Jyotishacharya Bal Krishna Singh opines, “Astrologers are of the view that when a planet is posited either in 6 or 8 or 12th house it provides malefic effects. Planets posited in 6, 8 or 12 may yield malefic results, but it is not correct to say that the same planet has become weak.

“There is another misunderstanding in the minds of the astrologers that by providing gems to a malefic planet, benefic results will follow. First one should know the difference between the weak and the malefic. The planet will be weak only, if it is posited in the sign of debilitation or when the planet is in the sign, which is detrimental to that sign that means the 7th to the own sign of the planet.

“A planet will never simply be weak when it is either posited in 6th, 8th or 12th house of the chart. These houses are called the evil houses or Dusthana. To provide strength and to propitiate the planets are two separate things and it should be understood clearly before prescribing remedial measures.

“Do not recommend gems according to major dasha or bhukti lords. Read the chart carefully, and see which planets cause the suffering, whether they are weak or malefic (not by nature but by ownership and occupation). In case of weak planets, Gems are to be provided. When the planets are malefic we should not provide the Gem for that planet. In such case, propitiation of the planets is needed.”
By | September 4th, 2017|Categories: Gemology, Jyotisha|Comments Off on Anukul Gems vs Pratikul Gems
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