Aum Shum Shukraya namah
Azira * Hira * Hiraka
Jewels for Venus
when the gem has no effect,Seva will help
Hope Diamond at the National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC - USA
"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."
Corundum is a crystalline form of aluminum oxide (Al2O3) that may contain traces of iron, titanium and chromium.
"White Sapphire" "White Ruby" "White Sapphire"
Natural Corundum colors include
Here is a White Sapphire page which describes the difference between a White Sapphire and a Diamond.
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..
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
hIra - hiraka - hiragam
the hard or mighty one; a diamond
Adamantine, hard, impenetrable
Also applied to a thunderbolt in general
in Northern Buddhist countries it is shaped like a dumb-bell and called Dorje
A jet of water
A form of military array
name of a configuration of the planets and stars
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
VajrasAra: having the essence or nature of a diamond, adamantine
Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994).
"... 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:
The substitutes for Diamond are White Sapphire, White Zircon and White Tourmaline.
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)
|Names for Shukra-ratna:
Uparatna = Secondary Remedial Gemstones
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.)
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:
|Metal Setting||silver or platinum|
is an excellent companion to Makara lagna and
Dr. G.S. Kapoor. (1994). Gems and Astrology. Ranjan Publications, New Delhi. p. 76:
"According to some scholars, Diamond is of three kinds - male, female and eunuch.
Another opinion is that according to its structural beauty and radiance etc; the Diamond is of four kinds: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra.
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 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.
|"Policy of Kindness" 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.
This "self-arising wisdom" is rigpa, which in essence is primordially pure.
Longchenpa describes it as "empty and clear".
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.
The reasoning against using Shukra ratna during your Rahu-Shukra period is that:
On the plus side,
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.
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
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.
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,
Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha
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.
Pearl generally is easier to wear in a pendant because of its shape, but it is OK on the right hand as well.
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.
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
BP Lama Jyotisha
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?
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?
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 -
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.
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.
file update: 17-May-2015
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