Sunday, November 30, 2008

Legend on Gemstones

There are several legends regarding Gemstones. If Rudraksha Beads have originated from Lord Shiva, the gemstones are considered to be originated from Lord MahaVishnu.

The Demon King Bali was a very strong that he even defeated the Lord Indra. King Bali was also a generous King and people in his kingdom were very happy. The Gods troubled by the defeat approaches Lord Maha Vishnu and asks him to save them. Maha Vishnu takes the form of a small Brahmin and goes to King Bali and asks him for 3 1/2 feets of land which Bali readily agrees. Lord Maha Vishnu then assumes his Virad form and with three feet’s he measures the entire world and still 1/2 feet was remaining and Vishnu asked where to keep it. Vishnu completes the rest of the 1/2 feet by placing his feet on the Demon Kings Chest. The area where his feet touched on the Kings Body turned into gems. The different parts of the body turned into different gems like diamond from head, pearl from mind etc. Totally 84 precious and semi precious gemstones came into existence from the body of King Bali. After that Indra used his Vajra and broke the body into pieces. Later Lord Shiva wore 9 of this gems on his trishul representing the 9 planets and 12 zodiacs and threw the different parts of the body in different places on the earth becoming mines.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Gemstones - Introduction

Gemstones have been in existence from time immemorial. The proof of that is the mention of Kaushtaba Mani on the chest of Lord Vishnu and the mention of Gemstones in the Book of Exodus in the Holy Bible. For thousands of years gems have been used in Ayurveda in the form of powders for treating diseases and for physical healing because of the ability of gems to release toxins and negative energies from the human body. Gems are also used to make beautiful jewels and as a mode of displaying wealth.

According to Ayurveda there are 7 elements in a human body which are responsible for either good health or diseases in human beings.These seven elements in the human body are controlled by the seven planets of the Universe Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter,Venus and Saturn.The benefic or malefic effects of these Planets affect human life and are the cause of all sickness and diseases.The malefic effects of planets in our life can be remedied by chanting the mantras related to those planets, performing puja's or by wearing suitable gemstones.However, these malefic effects of Planets can be remedied by wearing suitable gemstone jewelry because of their medicinal and divine properties.

Gemstones have the capacity to attract cosmic rays to it.The Gemstones related to the planet absorb or reflect the vibration of the planet they are related to which means if a person is suffering from the malefic effect of a planet it can be remedied by wearing the correct stone which can counteract the negative effects and allow only the positive effects reach the individual. Gems are the best option for those who cannot dedicate much time on puja's and prayers and want a remedy for their problems very fast.
Treating diseases using gemstones is referred to as ‘Gem Therapy' or ‘Gemopathy'.

The Nine gem stones associated with nine planets (Rahu and Ketu included) are referred to as navratnas. The Navaratnas are Ruby , Pearl , Coral, Emerald, Yellow sapphire, Diamond, Blue sapphire, Hessonite and Cat's Eye. The ruling Planet of Ruby is sun, Pearl is Moon, Red Coral is Mars, Emerald is Mercury, Yellow Sapphire is Jupiter, Diamond is Venus and Blue Sapphire is Saturn. The gems of Rahu and Ketu are Hessonite (Gomed) and Cats Eye respectively. There are many substitute gemstones out of which Turquoise, Peridot, Topaz,
Amethyst, Tourmaline, Rock Crystal,Garnet, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Jade, Bloodstone, Lapis Lazuli, Agate, Amber, Kidney Stone, Onyx and Malachite are a few which are extremely popular like the precious gemstones.

However,Gems have to be worn for astrological purposes after a detailed analysis of the Horoscope and as per the recommendation of an expert. Some stones need to be tested before starting to wear regularly as it may or may not suit the individual. Stones have to be energized by mantras and worn in the specified time to get the maximum effect. Gem stones because of their curing powers on diseases, ability to remove the malefic effects of planets and suitability for making fancy and wedding jewelry are hot selling products of online shopping stores which has a wide collection of gemstone jewelry. Apart from these precious stones, there are also substitute or semi precious stones which can be used instead of precious gems.