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There is separate branch in astrology called Medical astrology, which deals native chart from health point of view. Indian Vedic astrology provides solution to simple physical problems to complex psychological problems of human beings through suitable Mani (Gems), Mantra (Prayer), and Aushadhi ( Aurvedic Medicines) . In ancient time Astrologers have good knowledge of Aurvedic medicines. In ancient text of Garuda Purana , Kurma Purana and Vishnu Purana therapeutic use of Gems is mentioned. This paper examines the role of Vedic Astrology in identification of various diseases and discusses role of Mani ( Gems) In curing disease. Objectives of research paper : 1) Discuss role of Vedic Astrology for disease finding 2) Suggest different rules as per Vedic astrology for proper selection of Suitable Mani (Gems) 3) Examine role of gems in curing diseases.
1) Vedic Astrology Basic Principals 1.1) Division of Universe and Rashi
According to the Bhrusut Parashari hora shatra the whole universe is made of a ‘material’ called Narayana. Out of it, only 1/8th part is perceivable by us and it is called Vasudeva. The rest of Narayana cannot be perceived by ordinary mortals. Each one of us represents microform of Narayana. The entire zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts (each of 30degrees) and each such part is called a rasi (sign).
Vedic Astrology : Division of Universe, Rashis and Body Parts Rashi 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Mesha Vrisha Mithuna Karka Simha Kanya Tula Dhanu Makara Kumbha Meena English name Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Extent in zodiac Body part represented 0°-30° 30°-60° 60°-90° 90°-120° 120°-150° 150°-180° 180°-210° 210°-240° 240°-270° 270°-300° 300°-330° 330°-360° Head Face Upper limbs Heart (Chest) Upper abdomen Waist Lower abdomen and pelvis External genitalia Thighs Knees Legs Feet
. These divisions are based on real stars in the sky. 1.2) Meaning of Planet in Vedic Astrology : ASC or Lagna is a very important point in chart and it shows you, self. All the other planets show other people or circumstances that are influencing you. So positions of the nine planets (in their respective signs) around the Lagna at the time of birth of a person, constitutes a rasi Chart. i). Jupiter, the Brihaspati, is the teacher of gods, represents our intelligence and power of discrimination and Judgment. Jupiter is the teacher of gods. All Gods are within us – represents the good qualities in us. ii) Venus, Sukracharya, the teacher of the demons, represents the demonic / Rajas Qualities in us. Venus exists within you – rules enjoyment. The enjoyment is referred to high spirits and not meant to be harmful. As teacher of demons, he keeps the demons under control iii) Sun shows the soul within you. Sun is the king of your existence.
iv) Mars is also called “Mahi Sutha” meaning son of Mahi (Earth) and is born from the sweat of Shiva. Ma represented by Subrahmanya, stands for the initiative, drive and aggression. Ma shows career. Ma shows the drive to do things. Has the same energy as Subrahmanya. Ma governs the spirit of energy. v) . Moon represents the mind and shows the mood. Moon also represents the shodasa-kalas and the 16th divisional chart - shodasa varga chakra is ruled by Moon. Moon shows the mind –sometimes empty and sometimes full. The moon goes through various phases – 16 in total. Such as happy or sad – this also referred to mood swings. vi) Mercury govern the learning ability. He is the adopted son of Ju but, born to Mo and Tara Devi (w/o Ju). Ju did accept TaraDevi and Me as a student. Ju represents an ideal teacher and Me represents an ideal student. Mind needs some input from intelligence – which needs an agent to process it and give it to mind, that is the learning ability. i.e. Mo (mind) gets the input from Ju (intelligence) through Me (learning ability) Shiva is energy. Shakti is manifestation of that energy. .Tara Devi (w/o Ju) is Sthri Shakti is the manifestation or expression of intelligence (intelligence by itself lives in vacuum and means nothing). With this manifestation, is born the learning intelligence. Now Ju (the intelligence) accepts Me (learning ability) as a son, student. Me now process that intelligence and mind acts on that processed intelligence. Intelligence = Guru, Learning ability = Buddha (process information) Mind = Mo (execution of information) vii) Saturn is discipline and hard work. Without Sa there wouldn’t be any achievement. For those who don’t work hard, he forces on them. He is also called Sani or manda planet. discipline and the hard work needed is represented by the Saturnian energy. That is why we will see Sa strong in all of saints. Sa also shows steadfastness, nishkama karma yoga, austerity etc. Sa is Perceived as a bad planet, but he puts people to work and makes things happen. viii). In Vedic astrology, there are so-called Varga chakras or divisional charts that we create for a person in addition to the rasi Chart, and in these charts the ASC changes in few minutes. According to maharshis of our tradition, the rasi chart shows our physical existence and health (i.e. physical manifestation) and each of the Varga chakras represents a specific area of our lives e.g. education, career, marriage etc. for ) Health related issues as seen from Shashtamsa (D6) and Trimsamsa (D30)
ix) As per Vedic Medical Astrology each planet represents a certain part of the body a. Saturn – Muscle b. Mars – Nerve Marrow c. Sun – Bone d. Mercury – Skin e. Venus – Semen, Reproductive organs f. Moon – Blood g. Jupiter – Fat
2) Model Suggested for analysis of chart for Vedic Medical Astrology We can use Conventional Model of Input – Process – Output 1) Date of Birth 2) Time of birth 3) Place of birth 4) Latitude and Longitude of Birth place 5) Personal inspection of palm of native or Scanned Print of Palm 6) Online Personnel discussion INPUT 1) Read Palm Impressions 2) Prepare Horoscope 3) Check for birth time correction 4) Collection of data from horoscope 5) Analysis of data 6) Preparation of report 1) Detailed analysis report Of chart 2) Suggestion of remedial measures 2a) Mani (Gems) 2b) Suitable Mantra ( Prayer) 2c) Aushadhi (Aurvedic Medicine)
3) Explanation of Model 3.1) INPUT : Suggests the basic data required for medical astrology Accuracy of input data is very essential, mostly people are not sure about there exact time of birth, and that is to be checked and corrected by applying suitable birth time correction method. Careful examination of palm and condition of nails can tell much about physical state of health of a native. Few marks on palm indicate the type of disease native will suffer in future. The biggest advantage of palmistry is that it is free from birth time correction 3.2) PROCESS 3.2.1 ) Prepare the horoscope: using standard software “ Jagganath Horalite ‘’ By Shri P.V.R . Narshima Rao recommended it can be downloaded free on internet.
Applying birth time correction : Birth time correction is the acid test of good astrologer; Most of the persons are not sure about there exact time of birth. The lagna or ASC in rashi charts changes in every 2 hours but The ASC changes every 4 minutes in the D-24 and every 6 minutes in the D-20 and every 2 minutes in the D-60. that’s why it is very much necessary to It is best to look at the various LA’s and see Which one makes more sense. You should look at the rasi chart and judge from the moon also. 3.2.2) The different methods are suggested to make birth time correction i) By using Pranapada position in Navamasa D-9 chart : Rule the pranapada PP should be in trine or in Kendra to D-9 natal moon . ii) correction using kunda ; The Kunda should be placed in trines (dharma) or in seventh (dwara) from the Rasi Lagna, to cause creation. Hence for rectification purposes Kunda should be in trines or seventh from Lagna. If there is a parivartana of the Lagna lord, then a change in results is to be predicted and hence also a change in tattwa is expected. In such cases the Kunda should be placed in trines/seventh to the Lord of Lagna. This is also seen to apply when the lagna lord is stronger than the lagna.
by machining the known events like date and time of marriage with TP analysis of that year and making correction. If not sure about date and time both use Nasta Jataka Paddhati to calculate date and time, it is a very powerful tool to make correction
V ) Birth correction using physical appearance People with Ar ASC usually have a round face – almost like a circle. There are some general guidelines with each ASC. Somebody has big eyes there will be a strong Venusian influence in the chart. Ve in ASC, owning the ASC. Ju or Ve associated with ASC then the individuals have a lot of Kaffa in their body. They are well built, fat and stocky, have a thick oily hair. People who are very emaciated have a strong vatta. Etc. 3.2.3 ) Using Medical Palmistry Palmistry is a branch of Astrology, which was up until now looked upon as knowledge related to fortune telling handed down by our ancestors from generation to generation. However, from the medical point of view, now, Palmistry has emerged as a science in its own right that has helped doctors and patients alike in diagnosing difficult diseases.
i) The benefits of Medical Palmistry are as follows: Medical Palmistry not only helps diagnosing diseases but also helps one to know about the patient's temperament, his/her constitution, and the subconscious mind. Besides, some factors such as love, libido, and the emotions that are beyond the pale of empirical sciences, can easily be recognized by the knowledge of Palmistry. a) It provides an early warning for forthcoming diseases, and one can prevent them early. b) It provides information about hidden diseases which remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed by doctors. c) d) It helps in the prognosis of diseases where doctors are unsure about it. Psychological ailments can be easily recognized by the study of the palm.
e) Palmistry has a major role in prevention of diseases. With its help and knowledge, a doctor can easily recognize the weakness of the system and advise the patient all relevant nutritional changes to prevent the disease from becoming severe. f) Serious illnesses, accident and hospitalization can be avoided by guiding the person properly in the nascent stage. g) It is free from birth time correction which most of the horoscope do have. ii) Important points regarding Medical Palmistry a) Earth Hand - Susceptible to bowel or intestine problems. b) Air Hand - Nervous tension and lung problems. c) Fire Hand - Accidents and heart problems d) Water Hand - Allergies, nervous system and psychological problems. e) Thick Palm - Thick, well padded palms denote a robust constitution. f) Thin Palms - Thin, fragile hands indicate a fragile constitution g) Markings On The Fingertips - Short dashes may indicate stress, while short vertical lines may indicate hormonal problems. h) Forefinger - Pituitary gland i) Middle Finger - Pineal gland j) Ring Finger - Blood pressure k) Little Finger - Thyroid l) Health Markings - Islands On Heart Line: beneath Saturn may indicate hearing defects. m) Laddered Heart Line - beneath Apollo finger may indicate calcium imbalance n) Star On Line - star on heart line may indicate heart problems o) Diamond: a diamond attached to lifeline may indicate gynecological problems p) Tussling: tussling of head or life line may indicate energy problems q) Fingernails Speckles: imbalance of zinc r) Vertical Ridges: intestinal problems s) Horizontal Ridges: trauma t) Wrap Around: respiratory problems
u) Fan Shaped: need to relax
3.2.4) Disease according to Vedic Astrology Astrologically, disease may be classified into the following two categories: i) Nija or due to self. ii) Agantuka or acquired. Would include inherited.
i) Nija (Self) This type of disease can again be classified into two broad areas. First the physical type, namely relating to the physical body or the shareera. The eighth house and the eighth lord of the natal horoscope govern these. Second are the diseases affecting the mind or the chitta. These falls under the purview of the fifth house and its lord, Moon and the eighth house and lord of the natal chart. ii) Agantuka (Acquired) This type of disease can also be categorised further into two broad areas. First the drishta, or that which is visible and due to known causes. The sixth house and lord and the shadripu are responsible here. Next is the adrishta, or the invisible and ostensibly caused due to unknown reasons. Problems related to evil spirits and like would also fall here. The badhak house and lord take charge here.
3.2.5) Meaning of Planets In Vedic Medical Astrology The planets as under govern the main systems in the human body No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. PLANET Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn SYSTEM Skeletal (Bone) Circulation Muscular Nervous system (& Skin) Digestive Reproductive Excretory
Problems in any particular system in the human body are likely to be caused by the planet inimical to the ruler of that system. The effect of Saturn, for instance, is virtually non-existent at birth and progressively goes on increasing with age. As a result any bone injury in early years tends to heal immediately while a similar injury in old age may prove stubborn and not heal at all sometimes. Jupiter is the naisargika karaka for growth. Cancer is unchecked growth of toxic cells in the human body. It is indicative of Jupiter having become malefic and having withdrawn its benign protection. According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, there are three basic humours that need to be in balance for the maintenance of health. Any imbalance in these three humours leads to bodily illness. The technical terms for the three are Vaata, Pitta and Kapha. The closest but inadequate translation would be wind, bile and phlegm respectively. Accordingly the Vaata element produces ‘windy’ complaints, neurological disorders, joint pains etc. The Pitta is concerned with ‘heat’, inflammations, fever, liver and gall bladder problems etc. The Kapha element concerns with most of respiratory ailments, colds, asthma etc. Any mental level disease caused due to any one of the three humors can be cured with relative ease. On the other hand such a mental disease resulting out of a combination of two or more of the three humors cannot be addressed that easily and is known as sannipatta.
3.2.6) Analysis of Rashi and Divisional Charts for disease and remedies Vedic Astrology suggests two different methods which can be used for native question regarding health i) By using Natal chart : Vedic astrology suggest lot of tools for Natal chart analysis few important techniques are discussed here ii ) By Prashna Maraga It is a very powerful tool of answering to query by casting a honorary chart of that time. By Use of Trisphuta Rashi, Nakshatra and considering other rule answer of query regarding disease can be answered accurately a) rashi chart analysis for medical astrology
i) “Knowledge of death, disease and illness is known from the conception time, birth and janma nakśatra. If the disease starts from these nakśatra (ie. Conception or natal moon star) then the danger of death should not be ruled out. Based on the Moon at the moment of start of a disease, the period of suffering can be ordained. Remedy: The worship of the nakśatra devatā as the remedy for cure. If the exact date/time of the star can be ascertained then the diety of the nakśatra should be propitiated . ii) 6th, 8th and 11th houses are important when we are looking at deceases. 11th is 6th from 6th also called Hara Sthana – not an auspicious If any planet is connecting a dusthana with the ASC it brings disease to the person - 8th lord in ASC or 8th lord aspecting ASC. .iii) 8th house stands for troubles, tensions, sudden changes and even death. If Rahu in 8th house, its bad, means cheating and when Rahu is involved, it shows sudden shock. Dusthana – Mrityu sthana. Sa in 8th house will show sadness. Ra in 8th is not good for health overall. iv) Badhakasthana shows troubles for no logical reason. For movable (Chara) rasis, it is 11th house. For fixed (Sthira) rasis, it is 9th house. For dual signs, it is 7th house. Troubles indicated by Badhakasthana cannot be diagnosed and there can be no cure The lord of the 22nd Deshkarna is the Khäresa and can cause Bädhaka effects i.e. can cause obstructions and activate the Bädhakesa and other evils. Dasa of lord of khara can cause problems during its dasa. vi) Trisphuta rashi, Nakshatra, Navansha, are to be carefully analysed in both natal and pranshna marga analysis. vi) Karaka for physical vitality is Su. Su, Mo affliction with Ra or Ke in D6 is bad. It gives physical or mental troubles and Su will represent digestive system and stomach. In this case propitiate Su to strengthen him to fight Ra or Ke. vii) Use aruda and argalas for disease analysis. A6 is also called roga pada v)
viii) Astakvarga and Sahams (Different mathematical points) are also to be checked for disease analysis. b) divisional charts useful in medical astrology i) D-6 (Shastamsa): a) This chart is used to see health, enemies, and litigation. b) In Annual Tithi Pravesha chart if a planet is associated with 8th house (both in rasi and D-6), that planet’s dasa will be bad for health. When there are three or more planets in a house the most benefic planet will give the result of the most malefic planet. But exchange of results between these planets will not work if one of the planets is in its own house. That planet will end up dominating and the results won’t be given fully. c) In Annual Tithi Pravesha D-6 chart, if the 9th lord is eclipsed by Ra and Ke (especially in 8th or 7th house) that person will have some health problems in Ra dasa. Protection will be destroyed. Any efforts to cure him will not be on the right track, or any cure will not reach that person. Don’t advise any surgery in that period. Choose a better dasha. Planets in 3rd house in D-6 will fight the diseases .ii) Koluka (Special Shastamsa) Koluka is a very important subdivision of the rashi. Each rashi comprises six kolukas of five degrees each. Kolukas are associated with the drekkana, i.e each drekkana has two kolukas. The effect of the planets causing disease is relative to the drekkana/koluka they are posited in. Planets in the first drekkana effect the upper part of the body, mainly above the neck, while those in the second drekkana effect the middle part of the body also known as the trunk and lastly the ones in the third drekkana effect the lower parts of the body. The key here is that planet in the first koluka in any drekkana effect the interior working of the concerned body part while a planet posited in the second koluka of any drekkana effects the corresponding external organ. A typical example would be a planet in the first koluka of the first drekkan will have an effect on the brain internally while the same planet posited in the second koluka of the first drekkana will manifest its effect externally, maybe on the skin of the skull or the hair etc. iii) In D16, if ASC or 4th house has Ra and Ketu, or 6th or 8th lord in 4th house, there can be some inclination to accidents, especially in the dasa of those houses
iv) D-30 Trimsamsa a). In spiritualism it is taught of a "SHADOW SELF" called PAPA_PURUSHA which is a reflection of our own self, but the darker side which includes all the negative things we have done for ages and many births. This is the trimsamsa..the shadowy world of our self. Hence, the Sun and Moon do not own any trimsamsa as they have light. b). All the bad things we have done for which we deserve to be punished or taught lessons. The 12th rules hospitals and is the 5th (Mantra) from the 8th (Diseases). Hence the 12th house shows the way to get out of diseases and other such bad karma. It is the future (5th) of the 8th house. c). A Saturn placed in such a place is not good as it delays the recovery from diseases, makes the effect of the mantra nil due to mistakes or "NOT WORSHIPPING GANESHJI" before starting a mantra can render it useless unless Guru is very strong. In this manner study the houses with focus on the 8th house (ROGA: Diseases & RINA Debts) and the 6th house (SHAD RIPU: Six kinds of weaknesses). In this manner the houses should be studied. d). The 9th house (Dharma) from the 8th house is the 4th house. Thus, happiness and laughter (ruled by the 4th house) are the best natural medicine to get out of the cycle of disease and debt. e) A clean heart is the key to happiness & laughter. Venus (fulfilment of desires) gives happiness & Mercury gives laughter. Moon is the natural significator for the 4th house and becomes the Controlling planet for good health and freedom from diseases. In this manner the planets should be studied. f) . The Arudha pada of the sixth house gives the body part that shall be afflicted due to the diseases. g). Venus rules the Mritunjaya Mantra and the strength of Venus in this division is important for recovery from diseases. The Sun and the Moon represent the Atma (Soul) and the Mana (Mind) respectively. Affliction to the Sun will result in suffering, poverty and misery while affliction to the Moon will cause ill health and death. Since Mars and Venus rules the signs of exaltation of the Sun and Moon, they represent the Physical and Mental strength of the native to cope with distress, disease and other evils respectively.
h) The planets governing the six weaknesses are given below a. Mars- Anger ( Krodha ) b. Mercury- Jealousy (Matsarya) c. Venus- Lust (Kama) d. Saturn- Intoxication (Mada) e Rahu- Greed ( Lobha) f . Ketu- Illusion ( Moha ) i) (D30) shows the root cause of your weakness – Rasi shows what you suffer as a result of D6 and D30. Weakness of Lagna, 6th and 8th are important. Mandi is also very important in these charts Supra conscious plane, V ) D40, D40 inherited karma from Mothers side. (Curses and blessings). Curses work for 7 generations. Vi ) D45 D45 inherited karma from Fathers side. (Curses and blessings). Curses work for 7 generations. vii) D60 Everything may be seen in D60. It is shows past life events. 3rd from AL - shows the nature of someone’s death. Look at 3rd from AL in D60 to see the reason for death in the past life and this may be the reason for fears/phobias in this life. Exalted Mo in 3rd from AL Jala marana, if that is true, that person will have hydro phobia in this life. 3rd from AL has Ke - Death by some kind of mistake, those people tend to be very careful in this life. 3rd from AL, Ke in Sagittarius (sign of fall)...Death by falling due to mistake. 3rd from AL, Ve in Sagittarius, death by fall in a vehicle. Root causes are seen in the Shasthamsa. Ayurveda looks at the source of the problem. Shasthamsa shows the root cause.
3.2.7 ) Using Astakvarga for medical astrology Astak varga is very powerful tool in Vedic astrology, narrated by Lord Shiva. One small rule helpful for Medical astrology is given, this method is highly mathematical Find the total the bindus from- The Ascendant to Saturn , Saturn to the Ascendant, The Ascendant to Mars ,Mars to the Ascendant In each case multiply the sum by 7 and divide the product by 27. The quotient will indicate the age
when the native will be afflicted by diseases and other misfortunes. In the year represented by the bindus in the unfavourable house occupied by Rahu, the native will be affected by poison. Similarly the age shown by Mars will witness surgical operation, and the age shown by Saturn will indicate diseases and miseries. Thus if a house is afflicted by malefic in the horoscope, the effect of such affliction would be shown in the life of a person in the year shown by the sign, where the planet causing affliction is placed.
3.2.8) Tatvas of Planets and diesease a. Fire (Agni) – state of transformation – Sun, and Mars represents this state. Any transformation, enterprising person b. Vayu (Air) – creation – expansion state – Saturn c. Jala (Water) – Relaxed, stability, harmony – Moon and Venus d. Bhoo (earthy) – solid, inflexible – leads to consolidation – Mercury usually belongs to all boots esp. earthy nature. e. Akasa (Ether) – This is unseen, all pervading nature that is binding all other states together. Jupiter represents this state. Ex– Intelligence and Wisdom is unseen, but is critical. Use of Tattava in dasa analysis i) . Troubles due to enemity among tattvas: We must know that the Agni - Jala and Prthvi - Vayu are the set of antagonistic tattvas and they have difficulty in co-existence. Whenever there is any association of these pairs of antagonistic tattvas, troubles manifest in different forms. For example: . If Rasi chart is in Agni Tatwa and Trimsamsa shows Jala Tatwa (opposite of Agni Tatwa) or vice- versa , there is sure to be plenty of problems. ii) Dasa / AD lord which are mutually hostile by owning opposite Tatwas create many serious problems. Such as Sat Dasa- Ven AD or vice versa. Similarly Merc Dasa- Mars AD or vice versa are also troublesome. iii) When Trimsamsa shows contradictory influences on any pair, bad results are likely to follow. 3.2.9)) Longivity of Native The death of the native can be studied form the Rasi and Trimsamsa whereas that of other relatives are to be seen from the other divisional charts.
Parasara explains these as Drekkana (D-3) for co-born, Saptamsa (D-7) for children, Navamsa (D-9) for spouse, Dasamsa (D-10) for those related in the profession, Dwadasamsa (D-12) for Parents and elders, Vimsamsa (D-20) for Guru’s and Sisya (Upasana), Chaturvimsamsa (D-24) for teachers and students (Siddhi) and so on. ii) Calculation of longevity should be done as per traditional tools. Separate Vimsottari dasa’s can be calculated from the fifth, fourth and eighth constellation from Janma Nakshatra . These are called Utpanna dasa (5th Star), Kshema dasa (4th Star) and Adhana dasa (8th Star). Compare the ending dates of dasa’s under this to that of Janma Vimsottari . If the ending dates are close, then it can spell the end of life. iii) Balarishtha refers to infantile death (0 to 12 years). If this is destined, then the Janma dasa itself can cause death Yogarishtha refers to teenage death around 12 to 20 years age. If this is destined, then the Vipat or third dasa can cause death Alpa Ayus indicates premature death within 36 years. If a few other life determining factors are strong, then this can be within 40 years. [Madhya Ayus refers to middle life where the longevity is from 36 to 72 years. Another classification is 40 to 80 years. Poorna Ayus or full life refers to the longevity in the range of 72 to 108 years. Another classification is 80 to 120 years. iv) GandaPhala:(Results of birth in Gandanta). Lagna being the governor of intelligence and the Moon, the governor of physical body, Lagna Gandanta results in the loss of intelligence while Rasi Gandanta results in premature death or loss of longevity. v) At the time of death, Sun should be in the trine to the Mrityupada (A8), the arudha for longevity and death. If not death, such transit can give, near death experiences. vi) Shūla is short for trishūla (trident) which is the weapon held by Śiva (and Rudra). Sun represents Śiva in all signs and Mars indicates the violent Rudra known for their strength and prowess in battle. The stronger among the 2nd/8th Lords becomes the prāńi rudra (primary rudra) while the weaker one becomes the aprāńi rudra. Death can occur during the Śūla daśā of the signs having the rudra or its trines or its seventh house.
4) Remedial Measures in Vedic Astrology Vedic astrology suggest three remedial Prayer),Aushadhi ( Aurvedic Medicines) 4.1) Mani (Gems) Mani (Gems) can be used 4.1.1) exernally by wearing them in rings and neckless ,different theories which support the therapeutic use of Gems are colure therapy, theories of tatvas, hot and cold nature of Gems stones and electromagnetic or aura theory which links the gems effect on different charkas in body. 4.1.2) internally by taking them orally in the form of Bhasmas and Pisti. .4.1.1) External Use of Gems a) Selection of Mani (Gems) for wearing Prescription of Gemstone is one of the most important aspects of remedies in Jyotish Shastra. The use of Gemstone is also endorsed by shastras such as Garuda Purana which gives elaborate description of the nature of the gemstones and their use. Even though gemstone use is one of the most popular source of remedies for all ills of the material world, may it be health, wealth or fortune, it is fraught with many misconceptions and erroneous notions of their selection and prescription. I ) Gemstone of Yogakarta Since the gemstones enhance the influence of the planet in the life of the person, the gemstones for the planets giving yogas should always be chosen. To know the yoga givers or the yoga-karakas in a horoscope, i) Lagna lord is the first and foremost yoga karaka in a horoscope, since is the owner of both Kendra (Quadrant) and Kona (Trine). He is protector of the Lagna, which represent health, vitality and the controller of the whole horoscope. The placement of the Lagna lord is extremely important for the overall strength of the horoscope and its gemstone can help a person overcoming all difficulties in life. ii) The lords of two trines fifth and ninth are equally important. They are the two important houses which control the financial wellbeing of a person. If they are badly placed in the horoscope, then the person might suffer financially in life. Thus their strength is extremely important in addition to the lords of second and eleventh, who signify Wealth and Income. measures Mani (Gems) Mantra(
Each planet can give results on the following basis. 1. Lordship 2. Placement 3. Natural Karakatva (Significations) 4. Yoga (Exchange, Conjunction, Aspects) Hence it must be remembered that a good planet (lords of Lagna, 5th and 9th) / Yoga- karaka if placed in a dusthana (6th / 8th/ 12th), they can also give malefic results in addition to their inherent benefic nature to do good. Similarly if the yogakarakas are involved in other bad yogas, they can give bad results, while their gemstones are worn. Whenever there is a conjunction or exchange of two planets, their inherent and functional nature is greatly modified. When a benefic planet comes into association with a malefic planet, then the benefic nature of the planet is corrupted and it starts giving malefic results, however the malefic planet gains out of the company and gives good results. Such subtle effects should always be kept into consideration, while suggesting a gemstone for Jyotish remedial purposes. Exception to this is that, if Saturn becomes the Yoga-karaka and is placed in a dusthana, then its ability to do good increases. It is advisable to wear Neelam, Saturn’s stone for such cases. ii) Gemstone of Weak Planet If a yoga-karaka (or any good planet in the horoscope, lords of any houses other than 6th/ 8th or 12th) is debilitated, they must be strengthened. One of the ways is to wear the stone of the debilitated planet. However, the more effective way is to find the planet who is causing neecha-bhanga to the debilitated planet. If the neecha-bhanga is happening with respect to the Moon, then Mantra would be a good remedy, however, if it happens with respect to the Lagna, then wearing the gemstone of the planet causing the neecha-bhanga would make the debilitated planet come out of the state of debilitation. When there is no cancellation of debility of other weaknesses then the gemstones for the supporters of the debilitated planet can be prescribed for causing cancellation of debility or for enhancing the life-forces that are being destroyed due to the debility. For example, the Moon is debilitated in Scorpio (8th house of natural zodiac) and is said to be MARANA KARAKA if placed in the 8th house from Lagna. Weakness of such Moon, in any chart is not good for longevity. Hence a blue sapphire is used for enhancing the life-force. It must be noted that debilitation of some planets are desirable in a horoscope. They are the lords of the Dusthanas (6th/ 8th/ 12th). If the lords of the Dusthanas are placed in other Dusthanas in debilitation, then it confers Vipareeta raja yoga, whereby the native gains due to the loss of natural and functional significations of
the planet causing the yoga. For example, if 8th lord Moon is involved in Vipareeta Raja yoga, by its debilitation in the 12th house, the native might enjoy rise in life, but the Mother (natural signification of Moon) and the marriage (8th house is the longevity of marriage) might suffer simultaneously. To enjoy the fruits of Vipareeta Raja yoga, the native must not strengthen such debilitated planets that confer the yoga.
iii) Vipreeta Ratna ( Opposite Gemstone) Vipareeta means opposite or gemstones used for weakening the effects of some planets in certain houses. If any house is occupied by an enemy of its Karaka, then the significations of the house suffer. Keeping this principle in view, the first house to be checked in any chart is the ninth house of fortune and Dharma with Jupiter & Sun as the significator. Rahu and Saturn are the enemies of these significator and if they are placed in the ninth house, they shall damage fortune and Dharma. The remedy is to strengthen the concerned Karaka by wearing its gemstone in the ring finger. Suka Nadi states that if Rahu is in the ninth house, then the native has good fortune after wearing a Topaz. The same principle of Vipareeta Ratna (Opposite Gemstone) has been used here. Rahu is the enemy of Jupiter and since it is placed in the ninth house, the use of a Topaz (gemstone of Jupiter) removes the misfortune caused by Rahu. Similarly, if Saturn is in the ninth house, then the person may suffer from poverty/ failure in the homeland after 36 years. To remove this evil, a ruby, the gemstone of the Sun (Saturn’s enemy) is worn. iv) Gemstone Vs Dasha Hands in which the gemstones are worn to be chosen on the basis of certain criteria. The right hand is ruled Jupiter and the left hand by Venus indicating increase (right hand) or decrease (left hand) of life force. Thus, if gemstones have to be prescribed to decrease the evil effects of a malefic planet, its gemstone should be used in the left hand. Such use should be temporary covering the dasa-bhukti of the planet. When the planet is a malefic for the horoscope, the maleficence of the planet can be reduced by wearing a counter gemstone temporarily during the Dasa-bhukti of the planet. If instead a gem is to be worn for the main Dasa planet itself, then it should be worn in the left hand. For example, if Rahu is malefic then during its period a Yellow Sapphire/Topaz/Citrine can be worn in the right hand ring finger or Hessonite/Brown Tourmaline etc can be worn in the left hand middle finger.
v) Flawed Gemstone A genuine gemstone of good quality should never be used with an imperfect or flawed gem or with one that is astrologically incompatible with it. Suta Goswami (Garuda Purana) advises “not to wear a gem that is of inferior quality or incompatible even if it is set together with the divine Kausthuba Mani of Vishnu. Just as the best of saints lose their merits by bad company, similarly, an imperfect/inferior or incompatible gemstone can ruin the beneficence of other good gems. vi) Gemstone and Lagna Lord For determining compatibility of gemstones most astrologers go by the Naisargika Sambandha (natural relationship) of other planets with the stone of the principal/ruling planet. The Ruling Planet is the strongest one in trines to the Lagna or in the seventh house (1,5,7 & 9 houses), and if none are there, then the Lagna lord is chosen. Thus if the ruling planet is the Moon, then all planets are compatible with it, but if it is the Sun, then only Jupiter, Mars & Moon are compatible and their stones can be chosen. Since the Lagna is the controller of the Horoscope, the impact of the Gemstone ultimately falls on the Lagna (more so, since Lagna is the controller of the physical body, where the gemstone is worn). The planets, whose gemstone is worn, should be a friend to the Lagna lord as per the naisargika sambandha. If any planet is inimical to the lord of Lagna, the use of its gemstone can damage / endanger the concerned people related to the house owned by the planet. For example if the lord of the fifth house is inimical to the Lagna lord, then the use of a gemstone of the fifth lord can endanger the life children. Hence utmost caution should be used in prescribing gemstones. vii) Naisargika Sambandha of Planets
Some astrologers also use Tatkalika Sambandha (Current relationship) between planets in a chart as this also takes the individual horoscope into focus. Here, the planets that are Param Mitra, Mitra or Sama to the ruling planet are chosen for supportive gemstones. Among all the methods of judging the suitability of a Gemstone namely, the naisargika sambandha, tatkalika sambandha and other sambandha, the best and most beneficial gemstones are those of the planets involved in a beneficial Yoga. If the tenth and ninth lord are involved in a Dharma-Karmadhipati Yoga, then their stones should be used together to augment the effects of the Yoga. Gemstones of planets involved in Duryoga and other malefic combinations or where benefits accrue if the planets are weak and afflicted like the Vipareeta Rajyoga, should never be used.
i) Gemstones of Mutually Inmmical Planets. Gemstones of mutually inimical planets should never be used simultaneously as they shall prove to be very adverse. Many astrologers give gemstones of mutually inimical planets such as Hessonite (Rahu) with Ruby (Sun) or Yellow Sapphire (Jupiter) or Red Coral (Mars). Such combinations can be extremely dangerous for the native. The natural fight between the owners of the gemstones can be visible in the life of native, where we can witness; the native is caught between many undesirable circumstances without his fault. The table shown below shows the natural relationships between the planets. j) Fingers and Gemstone The index finger is called Tarjani and is considered very inauspicious. In mantra recitation the beads should never touch this finger, even while turning the rosary (when we finish one circle of 108 beads). It rules the “Ahamkara” and is the finger of “fall” or expression of anger. The Gyana Mudra has all fingers except this index finger stretched out with the index finger (of anger) being in touch with and
controlled by the Akasha Tattva of the Thumb. Normally for people who are spiritual / worship their Guru, gemstones should not be used in this finger. Some astrologers prescribe Ruby / Yellow Sapphire for Power / Wealth respectively, for use in the index finger. However these gemstones have been found to give better results of stable power and gradual stable growth in finance in the ring finger. Tatwa in Palmistry
The gemstone of a planet placed in a house should be worn according to the quadrant (Kendra house) is whose trines it is placed. Thus a planet in the ninth house influences the Dharma Trikona and its gemstone should be worn in the ring finger. Gemstones of planets in Moksha Trikona (4, 8, 12) should not be prescribed as then they would be worn in the Tarjani (Index finger). Instead mantra of these planets should be advised. Further gemstone cannot be worn in the finger of inimical elements. For example, if a Red Coral is to be worn for Mars placed in the seventh house, this cannot be prescribed for the little finger due to Mars ruling Agni Tattva (fire element), which is opposed to the Vayu Tattva (Air element). Thus a Coral can only be worn in the ring finger (Agni Tattva / Fire) or middle finger (Prithvi Tattva / Earth). Just as the thumb is different from the other four fingers and in conjunction with them does all work, the Akasha Tattva (Ether element–symbolized by the Thumb) permeates all signs of the other elements and is the driving force / Dhi Shakti. k) Gemstone and Arudha Lagna Since the gemstones are taken for fulfilling the material pursuits in the life than anything else, the arudha lagna plays a very vital role in selection of the gemstones. Arudha Lagna shows the image in this world or in other words, the perception of the world related to the native. This is the material manifestation of the existantial reality of a person. Maharishi parashara says that planets in the twelfth of Arudha Lagna (AL) can show the sources of expenditure, while that in the 11th from the AL show the sources of Income. Even though the promise of the wealth can be seen from different dhana yogas in the horoscope and the strength of the 2nd, 11th and the trines, the sources and the quantum of the gains or losses can be seen from the Arudha. Thus, it is very important to consider the placement of Planets with respect to the Arudha Lagna for final selection of an Gemstone. The following guidelines can help in such judgement:
1. If a planet is placed in or aspecting the 12th from the Arudha Lagna, the gemstone for such planet can increase the expenditure of the native. Malefics are well placed here as it confer rajayoga while placed here in addition to the expenses shown. However one must remember that planets placed here shows the persons who would secretly oppose the native in various activities. So the gemstones of such planets to be chosen after careful consideration of all factors involved. 2. The gemstone of a planet placed in or aspecting the 11th from Arudha Lagna shall give income from the sources indicated by the planet. The sources can be known by judging both the functional as well as natural significations of the concerned planet. 3. The 2nd and 7th house from the Arudha Lagna are the houses of sustainance of the Image. They should be occupied by benefics or exalted planets. If they are occupied by malefics, the gemstones of such planets can cause fall of image and troubles in career and various other troubles. In addition the planets in the 7th from Arudha lagna shows the persons who would openly oppose the person in various activities, and this is more true with respect to the Malefics. Thus if benefics are placed in the 7th from the Arudha Lagna, their gemstones can be given, provided the native can withstand the opposition shown by the concerned planet. 4. The planets in the Arudha Lagna shows how the world perceives the native. The presence of Moon or Jupiter in the Arudha Lagna gives long lasting fame. They should otherwise be placed with benefics or exalted planets and gemstones of such Moon, Jupiter, benefics or exalted planets can be beneficial to the native, otherwise it can be harmful. Similarly the lord of the Arudha Lagna should ideally be well placed in either exaltation, mulatrikona, own house or friends house. If gemstone of such planets is worn, it would benefit the native by uplifting his image. If such planet is in fall or unfavourably placed, then the gemstone of the planet, countering the evil has to be worn (please refer to relevant section for more information on this) 5. Malefics in the 3rd or 6th gives material success whereas benefics in these places makes the person spiritual, unless they are debilitated. Thus wearing the gemstones of the malefics placed in 3rd or 6th can help in fulfilment of objectives and gaining over all odds. However, malefics in the 3rd from AL can be detrimental to the health and longevity, thus while prescribing the gemstones, one need to consider this factor as well.
6. The eighth house is also very crucial in a way that it controls the longevity of the person. Malefics placed over there can harm the health of the person and also the image. Stones of such malefics placed there should never be worn. 7. All planets either be benefics or malefics give good results and financial gains while placed in the 9th house from the arudha Lagna. Unless any other adverse yogas exist, gemstone of such planet would be beneficial to the native. 8. 10th house shows the impact of a planet in the native's career. Benefics are best suited here and malefics are prohibited. For example, if Saturn is placed in such 10th, then the career becomes a bed of thorne for the native. b ) use of Gemstone for Diesease In ancient Vedic texts, like the Brihat Samhita, the origin and healing powers of various gems are discussed. Persons may use substitute stones instead of the more expensive gems. Red garnet can replace ruby; moonstone can replace pearl; jade, peridot, or green tourmaline can replace emerald; and yellow topaz or citrine can replace yellow sapphire.
Planet Gem Sun Ruby / Red Garnet
Helps Heals Vayu / heart, spleen, hypertension, infections, fevers, Kapha bile, hot temper, impatience, brain, acne, low energy, poor circulation, edema, eyesight, bones, arthritis Vayu / infertility, kidney, lung and mental disorder Pitta Pitta fevers, inflammations, ulcers, bleeding problems, weak muscles, liver, small intestines, vitality, accidents
Moonstone/Pearl Red Coral
Mercury Green Gems
Pitta / vertigo, giddy, lethargic, mental problems, Mind stuttering, memory loss, anxiety, nervous indigestion Vayu / weak immune system, tumors, arterial circulation, Kapha weight, jaundice, liver, abscess, pancreas, nerve and gland dysfunction Vayu / reproductive and urinary system, kidneys, Kapha anemia, infertility, weak bones, weak immune system Vayu / weak bones, nerves, vitality, constipation, Pitta epilepsy, paralysis, cancer, immune disease All All nervousness, indigestion, loss of coordination, mental disorders poor digestion or circulation, bleeding, weak muscles, nervous system, cancer, paralysis, immune diseases
Diamond/Clear Zircon Blue Sapphire / Amethyst / Lapis Gomedha Cat’s Eye
Saturn Rahu Ketu
4.1.2) Using Mani (Gems ) in Bhasma (Ash) and Pisti (Powder) Form. Ayurveda and to some extent Unani (both Indian branches of science using natural curative methods) lay great emphasis on the use gem stones in medicinal preparations. They are used both as ashes (bhasma) as well as in powder (pishti) form for treatment of critical ailments. The procedures for preparing these medicines are time-consuming and complicated. All medication however, should be under strict supervision and advice of a qualified Ayurvedic or Unani physician. Few examples are given for reference. I) Agate : Used with kewra, a strong - smelling flower extract , it is said to strenghten the heart, cure fainting fits, alleviate liver troubles, bleeding and
diseases caused by stones in parts of the body. It also rejuvenates, physically and mentally. Ii ) Amber : Cures all disorders caused by wind, bile and phlegm in the body. Also relieves colic pain. iii) Bloodstone : Used in powder form, it cures bilious troubles. paste is applied to remove eruptions caused by excess bile (pitti). iv) Blue Sapphire : Broken pieces are triturated (ground in a pestle and mortar) in rose, kewra and water. The smooth paste is administered orally to cure fevers, epilepsy, insanity and hiccups. v) Cat's eye : Used as pisthi after it is triturated in kewra water, to treat problems caused by excess of phlegm, cough and piles. The bhasma provides vitality and strength and cures certain eye diseases . vi) Coral : A paste obtained by rubbing coral in mortar with rose or kewra water, is believed to a vert abortion when applied on the navel of a pregnant woman. If coral coralisis triturated in rose water and dried and then taken with honey it provides strength to the body. when taken with a betel leaf (paan) it cures cough and phlegm. vii) Diamond : powdered diamond is a abso-lutely forbidden for oral use. Only it ashes (bhasma) strictly prepared under super-vision are prescribed . The bhasma gives relief and cures tuberculosis, insanity (of certain kinds), dropsy, diabetes, ulcers in the anus, anaemia and inflammation. It is said to prolong life if taken over a period of time and gives one a radiant appearance. if a piece of the gem should get into the stomach by accident, immediate steps should be taken to have it vomited out, for diamonds can cut the intestines and cause death. viii) Emerald : Triturated in rose or kewra water it is used for urinary troubles and diseases of the heart. The bhasma provides coolness ti the body and controls nausea, asthma, indigestion, piles and jaundice. ix) Gomedha : Triturated in rose or kewra or red musk water, it helps colic, skin diseases and piles. x) Kidney stone : Wearing the stone itself is said to give relief from colic pain. The same effects is had by applying the paste by rubbing the rose water on the affected area . xi) Lapus Lazuli : According to Rasa Ratna samuchhya ( an authoritative medical text ) the bhasma of this gem cures 20 kinds of urinary troubles, diabetes , tuberculosis, jaundice and problems of wind and phlegm.
xii) Opal : Rucbya ishdusbno jwarapaha translates as ''the opal improves the taste, somewhat hot, and helps cure fevers." xiii) Pearl : A good pearl ( not pierced ) triturated in rose or kewra water, made into paste, dried and taken orally, is very beneficial for diseases caused by calcium deficiency. The ashes provide relief to body heat, are good for the eyes and cure tuberculosis, chronic fevers, cough, breathing problems, palpitation, high blood pressure, heart ailments, exhaustion and weaknesses. xiv) Garnet : Has the same properties as the ruby but is not effective. The bhasma stops bleeding and melts stones in the kidney, urinary bladder and gall bladder. xv) Ruby : Used both in ash and powder form, it is said to produce more blood and improve circulation. cures problems caused by excess wind and disorders of the stomach, prolong life. The bhasma has the ability to suppress wind, bile and phlegm in the body, give relief in tuberculosis colic pain, eye diseases, leprosy and impotency. The ashes also relieve excessive heat and burning sensations. xvi) Tourmaline : Acts like that diamond for the cure of jaundice, disorders of the stomach, fever, breathing troubles and diabetes. it is also believed to help strength the mind . xvii) White sapphire : Triturated in rose or kewra water, the paste is dried and used to relieve nausea, wind problems, phlegm, stomach disorders, indigestion, leprosy and piles. Some Reservation about Wearing Gems For remedial measures the best and Satwik approach is to pray to the various deities. Wearing gems as a remedial measure is a Rajasik approach. . 5)Conclusions Vedic Astrology provides useful information about simple health matters to complicated psychological problems and phobias a person may suffer. By detailed analysis of natal chart , prashna chart , Medical palmistry one can reveal present state of health and also indicates future state of health and diseases one likely to face.. Vedic Medical astrology also reveals the root cause of problems and curses one has to face in this life for purification, and suggest suitable remedial measures .by suggesting suitable Mani(Gems) , Mantra ( Prayer), and Aushadhi ( Aurvedic Medicine). It requires public awareness, support and further research to make the use of this science more popular and effective.
References: 1) Lessons by Shri P.V.R. Narasimha Rao, Sri Jagannath Centre http://vedicastro.home.comcast.net/sjcBoston.htm 2) Article:Medical Astrology I by Anshu Sood http://www.srath.com/index.htm 3) Article Trimsamsa D-30 Chart by Shri Sanjay Rath http://www.srath.com/index.htm 4) Article by Sarajit Poddar on Gemstone. In Jyotish I http://varahamihira.blogspot.com/2004_10_31_varahamihira_archive.html 5) Article on Medical Palmistry http://www.aarogya.com/Complementary/medpalm/index.asp 6) Article on Gems Therapy Healing Power; From The Ayurveda Encyclopedia http://hinduism.about.com/library/weekly/extra/bl-gemshp.htm 7) Comp odium of Medical Use s of gems http://www.brysonburke.com/med_gem_uses.html 8) http://www.vedicastro.com/Laghu_Jatakam_I_1.asp ( Table No.1)