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PAMHO AGTSPHare Krsna! Some time ago I published two letters that werewritten to me concerning the use of gems. Rather than putyou through the trouble of searching and reviewing thattext I will simple reproduce the complete text here andthen give my reply. This is a fairly long text. I will upload it in segments every two or three days.YS Shyamasundara Dasa ____________________________________________________ Letterfrom HH Bhanu Swami to Shyamasunadara Dasa:"One interesting incident about gems. In the last yearbefore Prabhupada's disappearance when he was sick inVrndavana, an astrologer told him he should wear asapphire.I don't know if Prabhupada requested it or not, buthe didn't object. He advised how the devotees shouldpurchase it and be present while it was set so no one couldexchange stones. The devotees in India were wondering howto arrange one, so Rameswara phoned Gurukrpa and when wewere in Hong Kong on the way to India, we bought a 6 caratblue Ceylon sapphire and set it in diamond and platinum.This was given to Prabhupad and he wore it till the end.After wearing it he commented, according to Gurukrpa at thetime, that he was sleeping better, and he had a dream, inwhich he saw Visnu duttas, but they were all with Caucasianfaces. So gems as remedial measure were not rejected byPrabhupad, even if not strictly sastric. Ultimately theonly remedy for bad karma is a change in outlook,surrender, admission of responsibility for actions, throughknowledge and realization. That is why the bad karma isthere. vratas, etc. are only means towards that end. Asplanets have color, that color, and gem should induce theeffects of that planet, even if it isn't sastric." Letter from HH Prahladananda Swami to Shyamasundara Dasa:"Do gems work? If they do why should we not use them? Somemedicine that we use now perhaps is not mentioned inclassical literature, but if it works why not use it?" _____________________________________________________ This is a complex issue. To properly answer the two swamiswe need to:-Define canonical texts from which to accept evidence.-Examine what evidence is contained in these texts. (Iapologize for the amount of text. But I wanted to presentall relevant evidence because most devotees will not haveaccess to the materials. It, however, is generallyinteresting and little known information.)-Determine if the modern idea of gem treatment is the sameas that found in the sastras.-Discuss the concept of Karaka of planets.-Give reasons for objecting to gems.
-Discuss alternatives to gems, theoretical and sastric.-Point out relationship between Krsna's avatars andplanets.-Give specific examples of potent remedial methods.-Give examples of how devotees have been cheated in regardto gems.-Discuss Prabhupada and gems.I should like to say that the problem associated with theuse of gems in astrology was first pointed out to me in anarticle by H. R. Sankara in Astrological Magazine. It is byno means that all astrologers in India accept the notion ofusing gems as an astrological remedial measure.Because I object to astrologers prescribing or selling gemsdoesn't mean that I think that gems have no powers. I havenever said that gems have no effect. But, instead of justgiving an opinion let us first examine what ancientauthorities have to say on the subject. For this we shalllook at the Garuda Purana and Brhat Samhita of VarahaMihira. The former because it is Smriti Sastra withauthority and the later because of Mihira's stature andauthority in matters astrological.But, before we do we should note that in Handbook ofPlanetary Gemology by Richard S. Brown Jr, the author hassuggested Garuda Purana and Graha Gochara Jyotisha asauthorities on planetary gemology. While we endorse GarudaPurana we reject the other book out-right because it has nostature compared with the classic texts in astrology.ASTROLOGICAL CANONICAL TEXTSThe extant classical astrological texts are those ofParasara Muni--Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra, Ududaya Pradipa(aka Laghu Jataka),etc.; Jaimini Sutras;Satyacarya's--Satyajatakam; Varaha Mihira's--Brhat Samhita,Brhat Jataka, Daivajna Vallabha, Panca-Siddhantika, etc.;Prithuyasas's--Hora Sara and Shatpancasika; KalyanaVarma's--Saravali; Vaidyanatha Diksita's--Jatakaparijata;Vyenkatesh Sarma's--Sarvartha Cintamani; andMatreshvara's--Phaladipika. This of course doesn't exhaustthe literature on Vedic astrology there are other textslike Hora Ratna, Chamatkar Cintamani, Shambhu Hora Prakash,Sanketa Nidhi, Jataka Tattva, Jataka Desa Marga, BhavartaRatnakara, Yavana Jataka of Sphujidvaja, etc., etc. Thereare literally thousands of texts in Sanskrit, Tamil,Telegu, Grantha and other languages moldering in librariesall over India. [I possess almost all books translated intoEnglish, plus several in Sanskrit.]Of all these texts the following are considered the topworks in Jataka, natal astrology: Brhat Parasara HoraSastra, Brhat Jataka, Hora Sara, Saravali, Jatakaparijata

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