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Must planetary gems, not talismans containing them, touch on the skin? 

I would like to address the sometimes presumption that gems, not gem talismans, MUST touch on the skin, as some claim this to be going by the book.  Because I have read many things from Mani Mala to Agni Purana, from Brihat Jataka to the works of contemporary scholars such as Dr. AK Bhattacharya and Dr Mahan Vir Thuli, but I am less impressed by some other books people might swear by in matter of Planetary Gemology.

In highly regarded Mani Mala it is clearly stated that Ratna Daan (donating gems) and Ratna Daran (wearing gems) are the two bone fide ways of using gems in astrological gem therapy.

If a planet is bad for a person then there is Ratna Daan. For example, if one has a Rahu problem they should donate the Gomeda gem to a leper on a Saturday evening with Rahu’s mantra. But if Rahu is favorable they could wear the Gomeda gem on their body, as a pendant or ring. Or they could keep in their temple and worship.

In the first case of donating there is no possibility of the gem touching the skin as the jewel in question has been donated and given away. So what about that case?

Mani Mala opines that DONATING GEMS correctly, to proper recipient, on appropriate day and time, will produce favorable life outcome for the giver, by pacifying their ill placed planet(s). All without any physical contact with the donated jewel after giving. Ratna-daan is bona fide ratna vijnan.

Fine quality Gems are ‘astrological’ – and as we are influenced by planets without touching them physically, in the same way gems work as either a donation or a talisman to wear or as an object of worship in the temple. This is because they are astrological, not mundane. It is not that the gem must touch on the physical planet on the one side, and then, reaching through space, must touch one’s physical skin on the other side.

As well, flat bottom or cabochon cut gems can never touch onto the skin in a setting, because there must be a base to support the gem. So does that mean that only deep bottom gems can be used? No. Historically ancient gems were mostly cut as cabochons.

Favorable results from actual use by many thousands of friends shows that talismans may be worn, or kept in a temple, or donated to another person, and in usual cases there will be good astrological life result. Therefore we concluded the idea that gem itself must press into the body skin in order to be effective is a mundane (non astrological) idea, and is the same logic as to drive a car the engine itself must touch one’s body. 

Who is unable to understand how, for example, a ruby can have a tangible effect, in spite of its not touching on the Sun planet by making direct contact with the Sun.

Without impossibly touching the Sun planet, ruby still works. And Ruby works when used astrologically by a person who either donates it to a leader, or keeps in one’s temple and worships it, or wears it on one’s body in a gold talisman.

Conclusion is that either by donating gems properly or by wearing gems correctly there will be helpful astrological life effects.

So in the case of wearing gems, the jewel is in the setting, as close to the body as reasonable, and the entire gem empowered ‘Talisman’ is touching on the body.

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Blue Sapphire In the Legend of Devi Shakuntala

by Richard S. Brown, PG

Let’s examine Blue sapphires as described in ancient Sanskrit literatures. First we look at Sapphire in Vedic Legend

Blue Sapphire In the Legend of Devi Shakuntala

The ancient Sanskrit scriptures known as the Puranas contain a well-known story regarding the astral powers of blue sapphires.

One day, the great King Dushyanta was hunting in the forest when he met and instantly fell in love with a young girl named Shakuntala, who was the daughter of a powerful sage living as an ascetic yogi in the wilderness. Wishing to marry her, the King gave her a beautiful blue sapphire ring to mark their engagement, and he told her to come to his palace whenever she felt ready to marry.

One morning a few month later, as she stood by the river bank drawing water for her father, the sapphire ring slipped off her finger, fell into the river, and was promptly swallowed by a fish. When later she went to visit the King at his palace to consent to his proposal, the King did not recognize her, nor could he recall his promise of marriage. Deeply distressed, she returned sadly to her father’s hut in the forest.

A few months later, the fish which swallowed the ring was caught by a local fisherman, who found the precious sapphire inside its stomach. Thinking that this might be important, the fisherman took the ring to the King. The moment the King set eyes on the stone he immediately remembered Shakuntala and his proposal of marriage to her. He sent for her, and soon they were married and lived a long happy life together, thanks to the precious gem which consummated their destiny.

Now we look at Sapphire in Vedic Gemology

Blue Sapphire In the Vedic Literature Sri Garuda Purana

Summary translation from Sanskrit

The eyes of the great demon Vala were colored and shaped like the blossom petals of the blue lily flower. His eyes transformed into the seeds of blue sapphire gems and fell down on the sacred land of Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and the surrounding tropical areas of Southeast Asia. These sapphire seeds fell in such abundance that these lush and beautiful lands glowed with dazzling splendor.

The finest color of blue sapphire is compared to the blue mountain flowers which grow wild in Sri Lanka. These flowers are so sweet that they attract hoards of bumblebees and parrots eager to drink their nectar. blue sapphires of fine, evenly distributed color, free from flaws and cut to proper proportions for brilliancy are the most valuable.

When blue sapphires have a green or violet tint, are slightly grayish or darkish-blue, or are colored light-blue like the sky, they are of medium value.

Blue sapphires that are excessively dark, light, or uneven in color, possessing a pronounced grayish tone, internal inclusions, external blemishes, visible black spots or internal feathers, are of low quality. Sapphires lacking brilliance due to poor proportions are also less valuable.

Both ruby and blue sapphire are of the same mineral species, corundum, with only the coloring agent differing. Therefore the same methods of identification established for ruby also apply to blue sapphire.

Blue sapphires of all types should never be subjected to burning for improving their color and clarity, as misfortune will certainly befall anyone doing so.

Blue glass, lapis lazuli, blue spinel and other gems occasionally look like blue sapphires, but are easily detected by testing for hardness, specific gravity, and brightness.

The most rare and valuable of all blue sapphires is the maha-nila, which, when immersed in 100 times its own weight of milk, can tinge the milk blue.
Astrologically, fine blue sapphires are as powerful as excellent rubies, but monetarily they are valued at one-quarter the price of a ruby of equal quality. — Sri Garuda Puranam: Chap. 72

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by Richard S. Brown, PG

Taoist Scholar Daniel P. Reid wrote the following…

“I just realised something about the three lines you put at the bottom of all your rings, your distinctive logo.

“In ancient Taoist iconography linked to the classic “Book of Change” (the I-Ching), there are eight symbols known as the “Eight Trigrams” (Ba Gua). They are enduring symbols of eight basic forces that form the planet, such as Heaven & Earth, Fire & Water, Mountain & Lake. The first and most powerful force is, of course, Heaven and is called Chian, and the trigram symbol for Heaven is three unbroken horizontal lines, exactly as on all your rings and in precisely the same proportions. If you look at the lines on the ring so they are horizontal, you are looking at the trigram called “Chian,” which is Heaven.

“This is remarkable and very auspicious for the person wearing the ring. I think a lot of people would be interested in this connection to ancient Taoist cosmology.”

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Sri Rudraksha Seed

by Richard S. Brown, PG

Rudraksha seed is botanically known as Elaiocarpus/Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. It’s medicinal and divine properties have been known from time immemorial. It is said that only one who has the divine blessings of Lord Shiva (The destroyer in the Trinity of Gods) gets the opportunity of wearing this divine bead. Rudra means Shiva and Aksh means eye.

According to the Sanskrit Sri Devi Bhagwat Puranam there was an asura known as Tripurasur who was very strong and had divine energy and power.Due to these qualities he became proud and started to trouble deities and sages. No one was able to defeat this strong demon in war. On seeing his immoral actions Brahma, Vishnu and Other deities prayed to the Devadhidev Mahadeva Shiva (The greatest, lord of Lords Shiva) to destroy evil Tripurasur.Lord Shiva closed his eyes and meditated for some time. When he opened his lotus shaped eyes tears fell from them on the earth. Wherever his tears fell the Rudraksha tree Grew. The fruits that grow on this tree are known as Rudraksha Beads. Lord Shiva then used his deadly divine powers and destroyed Tripurasur.

Rudraksha are also mentioned in the Sri Shiva Mahapurana: Goddess Parvati, the divine consort of Lord Shiva asked him the origin of Rudraksha. On hearing her question Shiva said that he did penance for a thousand years. Tired of keeping his eyes closed for so long, Shiva opened them. A few tears fell to the ground and from these tears, the Rudraksha tree was born. The seeds of the tree were distributed on the earth.

Religious significance of the Rudraksha Bead:

  • The individual who wears the Rudraksha with devotion is like Lord Shiva himself.
  • The man wearing the Rudraksha is Rudra himself. If he drinks then Rudra drinks. The food he eats is equivalent to the food partaken by the deities. All his sins are alleviated.
  • One who feels any shame in wearing this divine bead can never be free from the cycle of birth and death even after taking a million births.
  • One who criticizes a Rudraksha wearer is a sinner.
  • No pleasure is greater in the world then wearing a Rudraksha.
  • One who wears the bead is a divine being and all his sins get destroyed


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Donating Gems to Appease Harmful Planets

Ref. Graha-gochar-jyotish

Most astrological practitioners agree that gems should be used to enhance a person’s good (anukul) planet, but some are unsure what should be done to appease harmful (pratikul) planets. We began searching the ancient esoteric books for the preferred method by which jyotish quality gems could be used to appease debilitated or otherwise harmful (pratikul) planet(s), and found that there is indeed one method that has been prescribed. It is the practice of Ratna-Arpana, or DONATING a fine gem for a harmful planet to a specified recipient at a specific time with a specific seed mantra.

Using this system greatly simplifies the prescription of jyotish gems: For a good (anukul) planet, a gem is to be accepted (worn) For a bad (pratikul) planet, a gem is to be donated (given away) It is amazingly simple – gems are appropriate in all cases, but must be used in entirely different ways. Everyone already understands that gems for favorable planets are to be worn, but were uncertain what should be done to appease harmful planets.

The ancient texts point the way – donate the gem to a specified recipient, and solve the problem of the harmful planet.

Following is the information needed to pacify harmful planets by donating a gem:

Propitiation of the Sun (Sunday). Donate a ruby (or another fine red jewel like red spinel) to a middle aged male government leader at 12:00 noon on a Sunday, while reciting Surya seed mantra: Om hram hrim hraum sah suryaya namah. —7 times.

The planetary deity Surya is pleased increasing courage and notoriety. Relief from any solar problems caused by Surya, the Sun, when he is ill placed.

Propitiation of the Moon (Monday). Donate a pearl (or moonstone) to a female leader on Monday evening, while reciting Chandra seed mantra: Om sram srim sraum sah chandraya namah —11 times.

The planetary deity Chandra is pleased increasing mental health and peace of mind.

Propitiation of Mars (Tuesday). Donate a red coral to a celibate on Tuesday at noon, while reciting Mangala seed mantra: Om kram krim kraum sah bhaumaya namah —19 times.

The planetary deity Mangala is pleased increasing determination and drive, and protecting one from violence or injury.

Propitiation of Mercury (Wednesday). Donate emerald (or another fine green gem like tourmaline) to a poor student on Wednesday at noon, while reciting Budha seed mantra: Om bram brim braum sah budhaya namah — 9 times.

The planetary deity Budha is pleased increasing health and intelligence. Relief of nervous complaints caused by an ill placed Budha-grahadev.

Propitiation of Jupiter (Thursday). Donate yellow sapphire (or another yellow gem like yellow topaz) to a brahmin (Vedic priest) on Thursday morning, while reciting Guru seed mantra: Om gram grim graum sah gurave namah — 19 times.

The planetary deity Brihaspati is pleased increasing satisfaction and facilitating marriage and childbirth and family harmony. Reduction in diseases caused by an ill placed Jupiter.

Propitiation of Venus (Friday) . Donate a diamond (or another colorless gem like quartz crystal) to a poor young woman on Friday evening, while reciting Shukra seed mantra: Om dram drim draum sah shukraya namah — 16 times.

The planetary deity Shukra is pleased increasing riches and conjugal bliss. Also a reduction in diseases caused by an ill placed Venus.

Propitiation of Saturn (Saturda y). Donate a blue sapphire (or another blue to purple gemstone like amethyst) to a poor man on Saturday evening, while reciting Shani seed mantra: Om pram prim praum sah shanaisharaya namah — 23 times.

The planetary deity Shani is pleased insuring victory in quarrels, over coming chronic pain, and bringing success to those engaged in the iron or steel trade.

Propitiation of Rahu (Saturday) . Donate a hessonite (or another fine orange garnet or zircon) to a leper on Saturday, two hours after sunset, while reciting Rahu seed mantra: Om bhram bhrim bhraum sah rahave namah — 18 times.

The planetary deity Rahu is pleased granting victory over enemies, favour from the King or government, influence over the masses, and reduction in diseases caused by Rahu.

Propitiation of Ketu (Thursday). Donate a cat’s eye gem to a poor young man on Thursday at midnight, while reciting Ketu seed mantra: Om sram srim sraum sah ketave namah — 18 times.

The planetary deity Ketu is pleased granting victory over enemies, favour from the King or government, and reduction in diseases and mysterious troubles caused by an ill placed Ketu.

Ref. ©1995 Ancient Astrological Gemstones & Talismans

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Sri Navaratna Museum of Natural Wonders


Natural Hallowed Objects of Asia
Compiled by Richard Shaw Brown and various authors

(Note: Does not include sacred by-products such as Milk, Honey, etc, nor cremation relics, nor grains like rice, etc. A sacred object is here defined not as a sacred article or ingredient of worship, but as an object of worship presided over by a Deity or associated with a Deity that inspires it’s meta physical potency – a power source or over-lord)…

Shalagram Shila (Vishnu)
Govardhan Shila (Vishnu) 
Dvaraka Shila (Vishnu)
Kailash Shila (Shiva)
Narmada Linga (Shiva)
Paras Mani (Shiva)
Black Agate (Shiva)

Ganga (Ganga Devi)
Yamuna (Yamuna Devi)
Godavari (Shiva – Triambakeshwar Jyotirlinga in the Nasik district of Maharashtra)
Saraswati (Saraswati Devi)
Narmada (Shiva)
Sindhu (Brahma)
Kaveri (Lopamudra devi, Brahma’s daughter, wife of Agastya Muni)
Brahmaputra (Brahma)
Krishna (Krishna)
Gandaki (Vishnu)

Valampuri Shank (Lakshmi Devi)
Idampuri Shank (Lakshmi Devi)
Gomati Chakra (Krishna)
Ganesha Shankha (Ganesha)
Goumukhi Shankha (Ganga Devi)
Kauri Shankha (Lakshmi Devi)
Pahadi Shankha (Lakshmi Devi)

Rudraksha (Shiva) 
Rudrani (Parvati – Rudrani Devi)
Lotus Seeds (Lakshmi Devi)
Chirmi Seeds (Lakshmi Devi)
Vaijanti Seeds (Krishna)

Hatha Jodi (Chamunda Devi)
Tumeric – Haldi (Baglamukhi Devi)
Aankada – Swetarka (Ganesha)

Dvi-akshi Coconut (Lakshmidevi)
Eka-akshi Coconut (Lakshmi Devi)
Nir-akshi Coconut (Brahman)
Green Coconut (Lakshmi Devi)
Laghu Nariyal – Small Coconut (Lakshmi Devi)

Meteorite – Tektite (Ketu)
Meteorite – Metal (Ketu)

Oyster Pearl (Moon)
Snake Pearl (Vasuki)
Boar Pearl (Varaha)
Elephant Pearl (Ganesha)
Fish Pearl (Matsya)
Bamboo Pearl (Skanda)
Cloud Pearl (Vayu)
Conch Pearl (Lakshmi Devi)

Ruby (Sun)
Spinel (Sun)
Red Garnet (Sun)
Red Tourmaline (Sun)
Moonstone (Moon)
White Coral (Moon)
Yellow Sapphire (Jupiter)
Topaz (Jupiter)
Heliodor (Jupiter)
Yellow Tourmaline (Jupiter)
Natural Yellow Quartz (Jupiter)
Hessonite (Rahu)
Spessartite (Rahu)
Malaya Garnet (Rahu)
Orange Zircon (Rahu)
Emerald (Mercury)
Tsavorite (Mercury)
Green Tourmaline (Mercury)
Peridot (Mercury)
Emerald Green Jadeite (Mercury)
Diamond (Venus)
Sphatik Colorless Quartz (Venus)
White Sapphire (Venus)
White Zircon (Venus)
Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye (Ketu)
Tourmaline Cat’s eye (Ketu)
Apatite Cat’s Eye (Ketu)
Blue Sapphire (Saturn)
Blue Spinel (Saturn)
Amethyst (Saturn)
Indicolite (Saturn)
Red Coral (Mars)
Blood Stone (Mars)
Carnelian (Mars)

Tulasi Tree (Vrinda Devi)
Bel Tree (Shiva)
Mango Tree (Ganesh)
Coconut Tree (Lakshmidevi)
Banana Tree (Ganesh)
Bamboo (Skanda)
Red Lotus (Sun)
White Lotus (Moon)
All Lotus Flowers (Lakshmi Devi)
Sindoor (Orange=Hanuman, Red=Durga Devi)
Kumkum (Durga Devi)
White Sandalwood (Venus)
Bhojpatra (Shiva)
Sriphal (Lakshmi Devi)
Kamakhy (Kamakhya Devi)
Banyan Tree (Krishna)
Bodhi Tree (Buddha)
Ashoka Tree (Buddha)
Aak Plant and root (Ganesha)
Bhang (Shiva)
Red Sandalwood – Lal Chandan (Mars)
Jasmine (Venus)

Arka plant (Sun)
Palasa plant (Moon)
Pippala Tree (Jupiter)
Durva Grass (Rahu)
Apamarga (Mercury)
Audumbara (Venus)
Kusa (Ketu)
Shami Tree (Saturn)
Khadira (Mars)

Shark Tooth (Varuna)
Tiger Tooth (Bhadrakali)
Lion Tooth (Narasimha)
Natural Death Ivory (Ganesha / Moon)

Gold (Sun)
Silver (Moon)
Iron (Saturn)
Platinum (Venus)
Parad (Shiva)
Mercury (Mercury)
Copper (Mars)

Tiger Claw – (Kali Maa)
Tiger Skin – male (Devi)
Lion Claw (Narasimha) 
Deer Skin – female (Shiva) 
Cat’s Chord (Chamunda Devi)
Siyar Singhi (Chamunda Devi)
Snake’s Skin (Vasuki) 
Peacock Feathers (Krishna) 
Chamara Tail Fan (Vishnu)


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The Gomti “MAGIC EYE” Chakra

by Richard S. Brown, PG

Gomti refers to the sacred river in mystical Dwarka (India) where this natural talisman is found, and chakra means a wheel. It is also known as Cows ’s Eye, Naga Chakra, Dwarka Chakra, Krishna Chakra and Lakshmi Chakra. — Approx. One inch wide.

Known Benefits:

  • Gomti Chakra is used as a natural lucky yantra (talisman) that can bless people with good health and wealth.
  • Gomti Chakra is blessed by Lord Krishna and is dear to Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Gomti Chakra placed in the foundation of buildings is believed to bless the residents with long life.
  • Gomti Chakra is hung in front of the house for peace and prosperity.
  • Gomti Chakras (11) are wrapped in a red cloth and placed in rice containers to avoid scarcity.
  • Gomti Chakra is believed to bring success when used in spiritual rituals.
  • Gomti Chakra is especially known to protect children from harm.

Manifest Nature:

  • Gomti Chakra is the operculum of a kind of rare sea snail in the family Turbinidae, as a naturally created product in the form of a shell stone.
  • Gomti Chakra used by Astral Gemstone Talismans come from the Gomti River, in Dwarka, India, the City of Lord Krishna, hence the name “Gomti.”
  • Gomti Chakra features the spiraling structure representing, Fibonacci Number, The Golden Ratio – representing Phi – life’s spiraling pattern. The sacred spiral is an ancient symbol of growth and evolution dating back eons and has been used in Asia as also by the ancient Greeks. Everything that grows follows a spiral shape. You can see these spirals in trees, galaxies, cell growth, DNA etc.
  • Gomati Chakra resembles the Sudarshan Chakra or Discus of Lord Krishna who ruled Dwarka 5000 years ago. The word Chakra is from the Sanskrit, meaning “discus”.
  • Gomti Chakras are considered sacred by Hindus & Buddhists, giving wealth, health, and success.

Astral Gemstone Talismans are proud to introduce the MYSTIC EYE talismans set together with a fine yellow sapphire for Jupiter in heavy gold-plated 925 silver at a very affordable price – available to most every level of society and beneficial to all.


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Gems & Rudraksha Puja Instructions

AGT’s simple version initiation ceremony before first wearing talismans.

The AGT certificate, which describes your numbered talisman, is either with the talisman or is coming by airmail, and it contains the essential mantra, day and time.

Here I will describe how to first wear it.

1. On the appointed day (Such as Sunday for Sun [ruby] or Monday for Moon [Pearl], and for any Rudraksha either Monday or Saturday. As specified in your certificate on page two.

2. Rinse the talisman in clean water (Ganga jala if available)

3. If the talisman includes a Rudraksha seed then rub Sandalwood oil (or another scented oil) on the

talisman (the seed will look shiny and remain fresh if you do this often)

4. Offer incense to God, in accordance with your tradition. (If you are an atheist then just follow the

following ceremony anyway (well, if it can’t help then it can’t hurt neither; but if it CAN help then that’s awesome).

5. Keep incense in holder

6. Hold the washed talisman in your right hand so it is being bathed in the rising smoke of the incense.

7. Recite “Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!” – 10 times.

8. Recite specified mantra the suggested number of times. (For example, the mantra for Venus [Shukra]

is “Om shum shukraya namah!”—16 times. Or for any Rudraksha [Shiva], recite “Om namah shivaya namah Om!” – 10 times)

9. Begin wearing

OIL SEED: Apply scented oil (best is Sandalwood oil or Jasmine oil) on the Rudraksha once a week by rubbing on with your fingers – this will keep the seed fresh and shiny.

WASH TALISMAN: Wash in normal water with a toothbrush (not over the drain pipe, please).  Talismans are waterproof.

SILVER: By nature real silver will often tarnish – that is why silver polish is sold worldwide. So if the silver gets tarnished just use a little silver polish once a month with a soft cloth. You can also wash the talisman in water

RUDRAKSHA: Rudraksha seed is waterproof.

Om svastyastu!!!

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