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Ratna


Aum Shum Shukraya namah

Shukra Ratna

Azira * Hira * Hiraka

Diamond

Jewels for Venus

when the gem has no effect, Seva will help

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White Sapphire

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Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC - USA

M.C. Jain "The glories which shine forth from a great soul glitter more than the

choicest diamond in the daintiest setting giving a lasting beauty which age

cannot change, nor time obliterate."

White sapphire = a colorless variety of corundum having very few impurities; sometimes substituted for diamond

Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) that may contain traces of iron, titanium and chromium.

  • white sapphire = white corundum

  • blue sapphire = blue corundum

  • ruby = red corundum

"White Sapphire" = "White Ruby" = "White Sapphire"

Natural Corundum colors include

  • Colorless, gray, brown; pink to blood-red, orange, yellow, green, blue to light-purple-blue, violet;

  • may be color zoned, "star-sapphire" asteriated

  • mainly grey and brown


Here is a White Sapphire page which describes the difference between a White Sapphire and a Diamond.

  • http://awesomegems.info/whitesapphire.html

For Jyotisha prescription purposes, the Shukra ratna (Hira) can be either diamond or white sapphire.

Definitely there is a gemological difference; yet, in practice, the two stones have a very similar signal-conducting capability.

Diamond market pricing in the West has been inflated by a century of clever advertising campaigns, and thus very few people can afford a heavy-carat-weight flawless diamond.

Despite having a slightly lower refractive index, White sapphire is extremely close to diamond.

White sapphire = an absolutely viable alternative to Diamond, and one should be confident that a clear, bright, non-heat-treated White Sapphire can yield very similar results to Diamond for significantly lesser costs..

Corundum structure model

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corundum


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Centenary Diamond after five years of expert cutting


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Diamond of Darya-e-Noor (Sea of Light) .

One of the largest Diamonds in the world, it weighs 186 carats

From the collection of the government of Iran.

Vocabulary for Shukra-ratna

Abhedya

  • not to be divided or broken or pierced ; indivisible ; not to be betrayed (as a secret formula

  • A diamond


bhArgavapriya

  • dear to Sukra or the planet Venus


hIra - hiraka - hiragam

  • A diamond

  • A thunderbolt

  • A serpent

  • A lion

  • name of Lakshmi

  • Of a woman

  • hIrAGga: diamond-bodied, Indra's thunderbolt

  • hIraka: A diamond (the gem is supposed to be presided over by Sukra or Venus)


indrAyudha

  • Indra's weapon

  • the rainbow

  • diamond


kuliza

  • An axe, hatchet

  • the thunderbolt of Indra

  • kulizAsana: having a diamond seat, name of Shakya-muni


maNIndra

  • jewel-chief, a diamond

  • maNirAja:jewel-king


ratnamukhya

  • chief of jewels, a diamond


SaTkoNa (disambiguation)

  • A six-angled figure

  • the thunderbolt of Indra

  • A diamond

  • the sixth astrological house


vajra

the hard or mighty one; a diamond

  • (thought to be as hard as the thunderbolt or of the same substance with it);

Adamantine, hard, impenetrable

A thunderbolt

  • (esp. that of Indra, said to have been formed out of the bones of the Rishi Dadhica or Dadhici,

  • and shaped like a circular discus,

  • or in later times regarded as having the form of two transverse bolts crossing each other

  • thus sometimes also applied to similar weapons used by various gods or superhuman beings,

  • or to any mythical weapon destructive of spells or charms

Also applied to a thunderbolt in general

  • or to the lightning evolved from the centrifugal energy of the circular thunderbolt of Indra

  • when launched at a foe;

in Northern Buddhist countries it is shaped like a dumb-bell and called Dorje

  • wrath; denunciation in strong language (compared to thunder)

A jet of water

A form of military array

name of a configuration of the planets and stars

  • (in which favourable planets are situated in the 1st and 7th houses

  • and unfavourable in the 4th and 10th)


vajrAbha: diamond-like

vajradhAra: whose edge or point is as hard as a diamond

vajramaNi: thunderbolt-gem, a diamond

vajramaya: made of diamond, hard as diamond, adamantine, hard-hearted

vajrAsana: n. a diamond seat Buddh. ; a partic. posture in sitting

  • (the hands being placed in the hollow between the body and the crossed feet);

  • name of Buddha

VajrasAra: having the essence or nature of a diamond, adamantine

Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994).

  • Gems and Astrology. Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 113-114

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"... Diamond is very expensive stone.

It will, therefore, do if a Diamond of minimum weight of 1 - to - 1+1/2 [1 to 1.5 ct] carats is used.

It should be set in platinum or silver ring and worn in the little finger of the right hand.

The ring should be worn after observing the usual rituals

and reciting the following mantra 108 times

on a Friday morning

of the bright half of the lunar month:

Aum Shum Shukraya namah

The substitutes for Diamond are White Sapphire, White Zircon and White Tourmaline.

  • The weight of these [substitute] stones should not be less than 3 or 4 carats.

  • The cheapest substitute (costing about a rupee per carat) is White Rock Crystal (Sphatik).

  • This stone, if worn, should be of 11 carats.

Important: Diamond should never be worn along with Ruby, Pearl, Red Coral and Yellow Sapphire."


For all remedial gemstones, be sure to cleanse the stone energetically with extreme attention to proper mantra.

Flawless gems are expensive and hard to find. Use only a trusted Vedic-trained gemologist. It might be easiest to start with single gem and combine them as your finances allow.

According to Dr. G.S. Kapoor (1994, p 91)

  • " It is very important for all gem stones that before wearing them they should be kept immersed for sometime in unboiled milk or Ganges water.

  • Afterwards the stones should be worshipped with flowers and incense, and the Mantras of the planets should be recited 108 times."

Names for Shukra-ratna:
  • English: diamond, adamantine

  • French: carreau, diamant

  • Hindi: Heera

  • Urdu : almaas, heera

  • Persian: al-mas

  • Arabic: alpaas, al-Mas

  • Abhedya
  • Aksaja * Akshaja
  • Avika
  • Azira
  • Bahudhara
  • braja * Bhargava-priya * Bharga-vaka
  • Chidaka
  • heer * heera * heerak * heeraka * Hira * Hiragam * Hiraka
  • Indra-yudha
  • Kulish
  • Maani-raja * Mani-indra
  • pavi
  • Ratna-mukhya
  • Saffed Pukhraj
  • sridoor
  • Vajra * Vajram * Vajra-mani

Uparatna = Secondary Remedial Gemstones

  • less expensive, but weaker

  • white = colorless sapphire

  • white topaz

  • white zircon

  • colorless quartz

Hope Diamond Photo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond

Shukra ratna similar to Shani may be worn on either right or left hand. The right hand is a default location but Shukra ratna works just fine on the left hand.

(By contrast, red gems for Kuja or Surya should or even a very bright yellow pushkaraja, "pukhraj" for Guru should stay on the "hot" right hand.)

  • The Shukra ratna is traditionally placed upon the "ring" finger

  • however it is better suited to the Shani Finger (longest, middle0 and Shukra=ratna is effective also on the smallest finger (the "pinkie").

  • Shukra ratna functions especially well on the Shani fingerin combination with a Shani-ratna in the same silver-or-platinum metal setting.

Before Buying your Diamond, please read about carat weight, clarity, and other attributes of the cut and polished white sapphire.

Shukra Venus

  • Possible Benefits

Jyotisha viewpoint = diamond strengthens Shukra's gifts of equal weighting, balanced design, harmonious and fair relationships, and personal attractiveness.

Because psycho-emotional conditions form the precursor to physical conditions, on the material plane the Shukra-ratna may help to alleviate some discomforts related to lack of balance:

  • health of kidney-pancreas-adrenal

  • throat, tonsils, voice

  • all paired organs (eyes-ears-lungs. etc)

  • unfair terms of contract

  • inequity in relationships

  • architecture of the body features, beauty

Metal Setting silver or platinum
Suitability Diamond is an excellent companion to Makara lagna and Kumbha lagna nativities.

from:

Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology. Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 76:


DIAMONDS

  • Gender

  • Caste

  • Tint

  • Defects and Blemishes

"According to some scholars, Diamond is of three kinds - male, female and eunuch.

  • The Male is the best.

  • Female medium

  • and the eunuch is to be avoided.

Another opinion is that according to its structural beauty and radiance etc; the Diamond is of four kinds: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra.

  • The Diamond which has eight or six angles and if reflected on the water displays seven colours of the rainbow, that which is light to weight but looks large, that which is round but explicitly exhibits all its eight facets dots is a *Male Diamond'.

  • The Diamond which is round and long, has dots and lines but has other qualities of the Male Diamond is called 'Female Diamond'.

  • The Diamond which has only three angles and the angles are turned, that which is round, large and heavy in weight is called *Eunuch Diamond' .


  • The white (colourless) Diamond which is without any blemish is the Brahmin Diamond.

  • The white Diamond with a slight hue of red is the Kshatriya Diamond.

  • The one with a yellow hue is the Vaishya Diamond

  • and the one with a black hue is the Shudra Diamond.


  • The Diamond with a red or yellow hue is said to be very beneficial and auspicious for kings, political leaders and administrators holding high positions.

  • The Diamond with the white hue is suitable for those engaged in religious, social and spiritual work.

  • The Diamond of yellow colour bestows success and prosperity to Industrialists, businessmen, financiers etc.

  • The one with the black hue is suitable for those who are engaged in inferior kind of jobs or professions.


Women who want to be blessed with sons should wear an unblemished white Diamond. There is also a view that such women should not wear Diamond.

Diamond makes a person fearless, gives him patience, purity and good manners.


  • The wearer of a Brahmin Diamond is born again as a Brahmin up to seven births. He becomes proficient in religious scriptures and earns great respect and regards from others.

  • The owner of Kshatriya Diamond becomes a brave warrior, able diplomat, political leader or administrator and achieves great success in his career of sphere.

  • The businessman who wears a Vaishya Diamond becomes wealthy and respected and enjoys all luxuries of life.

  • The wearer of Shudra Diamond becomes wise. successful and wealthy and is helpful to others.

The wearer of the Diamond is protected from the bad influences of evil spirits, and snake bites. Sorcery and Tantras (done against him) do not do any harm to him.

A defective or blemished Diamond causes great harm to its wearer.

  • The Diamond with the shape of island (Yava) is white, destroys wealth and happiness,

  • the one with red island like impression longing to the wearer

  • and the one with the black Yava destroys wealth.

  • Other defects disturb mental peace and bring disasters and diseases. "

14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso, "Dzogchen" p.180-5

"In Dzogchen, while thoughts are active, rigpa permeates them all, so that even at the very moment when powerful thoughts like attachment and aversion are arising, there remains a pervasive quality of clear light rigpa.

  • Dodrupchen says, "in Dzogchen, since the clear light's natural way of being is like the sun and its rays, inseparable, if you are able, through this, to bring out the radiance of genuine mind, you will be able to maintain the experience of clear light in meditation, without it fluctuating, or coming and going."
  • Longchen Rabjam speaks of self-arising wisdom, which is in fact rigpa: "Self-arising wisdom is rigpa that is empty, clear and free from all elaboration, like an immaculate sphere of crystal. Its very being is such that it never explores objects of the senses."

This "self-arising wisdom" is rigpa, which in essence is primordially pure.

Longchenpa describes it as "empty and clear".

  • To call it empty is to refer to its essence, primordially pure.
  • To call it clear is to speak of its nature, spontaneously present.

As such, it is "free from all elaboration", and free from the elaborations of adventitious phenomena. So it is like a flawless crystal sphere, and truly "its very being is such that it never explores objects of the senses".

Q: Having entered the Rahu-Shukra period of my life, I asked an astrologer here to analyze my Janma Patrika and recommend a gem.

He said that it will be good to use a white sapphire for my kundali, which has Simha lagna and Mesha Chandra. Is that correct?

A: Namaste

The reasoning against using Shukra ratna during your Rahu-Shukra period is that:

  1. Shukra is an enemy of the lagnesha Surya

  2. Shukra is unfriendly toward the lord of bhagya sthana-5, putra-pati Guru.

  3. Rahu the mahadasha pati gives the effect of Rahu's lord Chandra.

  4. Chandra resides in an inauspicious shad-ashtaka 6-8 anglefrom Shukra,

  5. while Mangala the lord of both Shukra and Chandra suffers a placement of persecution and marital discontent, uttama-amza in in vyaya bhava.

  6. Shukra rules no trine from either Chandra or from radical lagna

  7. Shukra = maraka-graha from Mesha Chandra

  8. Shukra is the lord of the 6th navamsha (marriage disagreement about money) .

On the plus side,

  1. Shukra as L-10 in 4 helps the social status, adding the dignity of capital wealth to your public reputation.

  2. Shukra also helps to promote commercial business as L-3 in 4, where He is especially gracious in real-estate and confidential financial transactions.

Overall however, IMO, the balance of factors involving Shukra does not justify the cookbook recommendation to always wear the ratna of the bhukti-pati during its bhukti.

Exceptions:

Note that due to potential career-reputation benefits attending the lord of karma bhava, there are exceptions for the usual proscription against wearing Shukra-ratna when Simha governs the lagna; however, these specific Shukra exceptions *do not apply* in your nativity.

The exceptions to the no-Shukra-ratna rule for Simha nativities are delineated in the below quote from Dr. G. S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology. Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 110

  • "For the Leo Ascendant, Venus is lord of the 3rd and the 10th houses - if, as lord of the 10th, Venus is posited in the 6th, 8th or 12th (where he will be exalted). Diamond will help to offset the setbacks in profession etc.

  • If Venus is in his own sign in the 10th, it give rise to two yogas, namely Amala and Maidlavya (one of the Panchamahapurusha yogas).

  • The effects of these yogas have been described as under:

  • (1) Amala yoga: This yoga is caused when the 10th from the Moon or Lagna is occupied by a benefic (natural) planet. As a result of Amala yoga the person will achieve lasting fame and reputation. His character will be spotless and he will lead a prosperous life.

  • (2) Malavya yoga is caused if Venus should occupy a quadrant which should be his own or exaltation sign. As a result, the person will have a well developed physique, will be strong minded, wealthy, happy with children and wife, endowed with clean sense organs and renowned and learned.

  • The good effects of these yogas will get an impetus if a Diamond is worn during the major periods and sub-periods of Venus. "

In Jyotisha as in all matters of philosophical thought, the ultimate decision should honor your intuition (inner teaching). If you feel strongly, intuitively that Shukra-ratna can bring you some benefits, I recommend to try wearing a diamond (properly applied) and see what happens.

  • For example, it is always possible that there is an error in the birth time which could invalidate the logic of forecasting from the radical lagna and/or the Chandra lagna. In all cases, strong intuition will provide a more reliable guide than the most detailed logic.

Remember that Jyotisha ratna do not cause any action. Pure gems are capable of stimulating the existing flow of psychic energy which originates in one's own thoughts. Even the lower-quality non-conducting gems can serve as effective mental reminders to follow through on one's higher intentions.

However it is essential to remember that it is the thoughts themselves and not the gems which have the power to change our lives.

Wishing you best success in Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

www.barbarapijan.com

Q: Upon which finger should I place the Shukra-ratna? You mention both the ring finger and the middle finger.

Shukra ratna (diamond) can be placed on either the Shani finger or the Budha finger.

If you choose to pair the diamond with an emerald for Budha, place these two stones in a setting of silver or platinum on the little finger.

If you choose to pair the diamond with a blue sapphire for Shani, place these two stones in a setting of silver or platinum on the longest finger, digit 3. 1- thumb 2- first - Mangala-or-Surya 3- longest finger - Shani the Elder profession - can add Shukra OK 4- ring finger (in western culture, diamond wedding rings = 4, but in eastern system 4 is a guru or surya finger) - Guru-Surya 5 - little finger - Budha the Youth - can add Shukra OK (Rahu or Ketu ratna have to be placed on the finger of their respective lord)

A: Either middle or little finger is OK.

  • Ring finger is typically where western people like to wear diamonds. Women in particular like to put their troth diamond there (dowry or engagement ring). But the ring finger is technically the extension of the mount of Suraja (Sun) and thus this custom of putting the hira on the ring finger, while widely practiced in the west, is incompatible with the traditional Jyotisha finger assignments.

  • If the diamond is placed on the ring finger, it will have much less remedial impact. Putting diamond on ring finger means using hira as a boasting or show-off feature consistent with the program of Surya the center of the drama. (Of course for many women that's what the engagement ring is, a form of boasting about how wealthy or attractive one thinks one is!)

  • Finger-3 usually the longest fingeris properly the extension of the mount of Shani. Finger-3is also a good place for Shukra-ratna, as material world Shani creates a hospitable environment for Shukra'senergy of attractingmaterial luxury and balancing all the pairs of the universe.

  • It would also be OK to wear a diamond and an emerald together on the pinkie littlest finger, since the littlest outer finger belongs to Shukra's friend Budha.

  • Even a large diamond and a relatively small emerald is good on the little finger.

  • Technically it is the thumb which isextension of the genuine mount of Shukra. The mount of Shukra is the fleshy pad at the base of the thumb. But it's quite awkward to wear a thumb ring so either finger-3 or finger-5 are really OK.

  • It is also always OK to wear a Jyotisha-setting diamond in a pendant to touch the heart chakra.

  • Cold stones (diamond, emerald, blue sapphire) can also be worn on either the left hand or the right hand. Hot stones (ruby, yellow sapphire, red coral, pearl) must be worn on the right hand.

Pearl generally is easier to wear in a pendant because of its shape, but it is OK on the right hand as well.

Q:

I have received two gem prescription that tell me to combine pearl with diamond.

But I've read on your website that pearl should not be combined with diamond.

What should I do?

A: Think about your personal nativity. Look at the relationship between Shukra and Chandra, in both D-1 and D-9. Is such a pairing justified? Generally this pairing is not suggested but there may be some cases when it works.

  • Shukra sees Chandra as an enemy,

  • but Lord Chandra see Shukra as a neutral. (Chandra has no enemies).

  • It is possible to encounter nativities wherein it is OK to mix pearl and diamond, and there can be nativities where Chandra and Shukra hold an inimical angle, Chandra is a dushthamsha lord, or there is some other reason for not mixing the two ratna. Sometimes a pearl can be worn in a pendant and hira worn in a finger-ring. It depends on conditions within the kundali.

    To educate oneself further upon the reasoning involved in gem prescriptions, recommended reading = the brief and concise handbook: Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology. Ranjan Publications, New Delhi

    Dr. K. disallows matching diamond with any of the ratna for Surya, Chandra Kuja, or Guru . Surya + Chandra = satrugraha for Shukra; Kuja + Guru = samagraha for Shukra.

    Sincerely,

    BP Lama Jyotisha

Q:

Every time I chant the mantra and apply my beautiful new platinum-setting diamond (which was by the way quite expensive) my relationship bursts into conflict.

I've tried to put on my new diamond three times now. Each time, we have conflict.

Is it the right finger? Vrishabha lagna with Chandra in Krittika in the first house.

I'm also preparing to purchase a blue sapphire for Shani -- but I'm concerned now. Will a neelam make things worse?

A: Namaste

The finger placement is correct and it sounds like a quality diamond. If there is conflict associated with wearing a Jyotisha remedial Diamond, that conflict is not "caused" by the azira (diamond). The underlying thoughts and emotional reactions have been there all along. A good quality and size of Jyotisha gemstone can have psychic transmitting capabilities which emphasize the subtle thoughts and bring those thoughts to the surface of consciousness.

Presently Professor Shani is transiting your sixth bhava, also ruled by Shukra. Also, you are presently in the Rahu-Budha bhukti of the Vimshottari dasha which is a powerful energizer of Rahu in bhava-2; that period can signal breakups caused by the presence of "someone else". These are only possibilities in your personal drama script -

  • yet, if there is conflict in the present relationship, there must be some cause for the conflict, and the cause is likely within the relationship, not within the diamond!
For Vrishabha lagna nativities, the positive power of the Jyotisha diamond to strengthen your life-force vitality and love of life (radical Vrishabha lagna) and also to deepen your commitment to professional ministries of service, especially in health care.

You are undergoing the Saturn Return just now, with Shani permanently residing and temporarily visiting the sixth bhava of medicine and social justice ministries. Shani can generate a heavy taskload in the professional workspace when He transits bhava-6, and he can also impose troubles with the mother's relatives. All of these factors can contribute to relationship stress particularly if the spouse seems to be adding to your workload rather than easing it. The blue sapphire is also predominantly a support for your career and professional life. Your uttama-Shani rules karmasthana and dharmasthana from both radical lagna and chandra lagna which suggests a strong professional career.

A good quality neelam can emphasize your capability to accept and deliver high quality work at a top level of professional recognition, particularly in the health sciences but generally in any service profession such as law, medicine, social work, military, and even certain type of teaching such as clinical teaching.

Note that Neither the diamond nor the neelam are designed to target your personal relationships, except your relationship with Mother which is helped by Shukra-ratna supporting your Moon. Primarily Diamond and Blue Sapphire for the Vrishabha lagna are both strengtheners for your vitality and your career. I would recommend to focus not on the gemstones but on the communication within the relationship, looking especially for any conflicted thoughts or feelings that might not be fully expressed. However, if wearing the Jyotisha diamond continues to produce discomfort, it might be easier to remove the diamond until your Shani return is completed - because the Shani return gets a double amplification from Shukra-Ratna, shukra being lord of Thula-Shani.

Q: Although my lagna is Simha, is it possible to use a flawless Diamond to strengthen my 10th house of career and profession?

I've just entered the Shukra mahadasha, Shukra occupies vriddhisthana, and I was told by an astrologer that I should wear azira to increase work promotion and raise the paycheck.

I know you recommend Ruby-Munga-Pukhraj -- but what about a Diamond during the Shukra mahadasha. I'm in my thirties and these upcoming 20 years are my best chance for career success.

Shukra-ratna is in my opinion unsuitable for the Simha lagna nativity since Shukra is an enemy of the lagnesha Lord Ravi.

Neither diamond, nor emerald, nor blue sapphire may be worn with the gems which benefit this Simha nativity.

In order to strengthen a particular bhava, if the gem is not suitable to the nativity, Seva should be used rather than wearing contradictory gems.

  • Seva is typically more effective than gems at removing karmic obstacles due to negative thoughts, because Seva requires active engagement whereas wearing gems is entirely passive.
I recommended yellow sapphire, red coral, and ruby only - no diamond at any time. Most Simha natives will acquire first the most affordable gem which is the red coral. However, all three 'red' gems are generally suitable for Simha-lagna, all three gems cooperate well with each other, any of these three ratna can be applied in any order.

Therefore, if finances allow and so long as the current bhukti period is friendly to Surya, Guru, and Mangala, yellow sapphire may be applied first.

Different astrologers have different views on the topic of remedial ratna. Wishing you success in your own Jyotisha studies as you continue to think about the psycho-energetic principles involved.

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