June - July 2004
Romancing the Stones.. For Good Health!
is well-known that INDIA has been a land famed for its collection of
precious stones since ages and ancient travellers' accounts eulogise
upon the huge heaps and troves of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires,
amethysts and many other varieties of stones found so abundantly in bazaars
and the palaces of the erstwhile princely-states and kingdoms
is also a fact of history that ancient systems of Medicine in India ,be
it the Ayurveda or the Siddha or the Unani methods of cure for various
kinds of ailments and diseases which believe in natural curative-methods
stress upon the use of gem-stones in the preparation of different types
of medicines . While the procedures for preparing these medicines is
time-consuming ,cumbersome, complicated as well as cost-prohibitive to
many, many choose to don the recommended stone as an adornment, often
in the form of a finger-ring ,the stone lying embedded inside the ring
often made out of gold.
long ago sages and physicians in INDIA had discovered the 'healing-properties'
of these stones. They believed that gem-stones emit astral rays which
would counteract the negative influences of the planets and that the
wearer of the stone would be cured of the ill-effects of unhappy planetary
positions or transits in space --- net result , the individual concerned
will derive the maximum benefit by wearing certain stones on specific
parts of the body .
in the modern age take pride in the knowledge of living in a perfectly
scientific, sane and logical world might tend to pooh-pooh it all
as 'rubbish' or 'old world superstitions' but as a study it offers
interesting insights into the co-relation between birth, death, life,
existence, cosmic world, astrology, medicine, astronomy, geology,
gemology, earth sciences, nature-cure, etc
Whether or not the
use of these stones actually make a difference in the real world,
gemstones have all through the ages of history been linked up invariably
with good health , luck and prosperity .
While the therapy may be more psychological than physiological by any
stretch of imagination , let us examine the special qualities as well
as special or unique traits attributed to different types of gemstones
so as to delve deeper into the logic behind the theory of 'different
stones affecting different people in varied ways
' holding sway
over so many billions of minds ,generation upon generation :
wealth, beauty, comforts and all that is good in life .But, a blemished
or defective diamond can cause harm to the wearer. The diamond, which reflects
all the colours of the rainbow, is light and round and without any blemishes.
This is the one that you should be wearing if diamond is the stone prescribed
for you .Powdered diamond is forbidden for oral use. Its ashes, strictly
prepared under supervision, are prescribed as a relief for tuberculosis,
insanity(of certain kinds),dropsy ,diabetes, ulcers, anaemia and inflammation
. If taken over a long period of time, diamond ashes are said to prolong
life and give a radiant appearance to the person concerned.
A red or pinkish ruby represents authority and power. It influences the
sun and , if worn ,it helps in strengthening the positive influences
of the star. There are many ways to determine a good ruby : It is generally
six-sided and, when examined in the early morning sun against a mirror,
it should throw rays on the lower part of the mirror .If the ruby lacks
lustre ,is brittle, has cracks, or is spotted, it is flawed. Used in
ash and powder form, a ruby is said to increase blood and improve circulation.
It cure problems caused by excess wind and disorders of the stomach
,hence prolonging life. The powder-extract prepared (bhasma or the
ashes) has the ability to supress wind, bile and phlegm in the body,
give relief in tuberculosis ,colic pain ,eye ailments , leprosy and
impotency .The ashes also relieve excessive heat and burning sensations.
The coral (red and vermilion in colour) was used long ago by the Romans
as it was considered to be auspicious. The coral, though not a gem
stone, has been given a very special place among gem stones. Coral
influences Mars ,the planet that is responsible for activity ,energy
,courage and strength .Coral helps the wearer to maintain stability
and precision. A good coral is opaque ,perfectly round or oval in shape
and is smooth and splendorous . If it is spotted ,cracked or has more
than one shade of colour ,it is flawed. It is best not to buy this
one. Coral, ground in rose water ,dried and then taken with honey provides
strength to the body. When taken with a paan (betel leaf) it cures
cough and phlegm.
pearl a symbol of dignity and purity was once popular among royalty. Pearls
come in different shades, they can be white ,black, yellow ,blue ,salmon
pink ,red ,brown or green. Pearls with a rosy sheen are the most coveted
and expensive. They usually come from the Persian Gulf. The pearl represents
the moon, which influences the mind, emotions and social status. Wearing
a pearl can bring harmony. A pearl is also said to have medicinal benefits
and powdered pearls are used in many Ayurvedic preparations. A good pearl,
ground in rose or kewra water, made into paste, then dried and taken orally
,is beneficial in conditions caused by calcium - deficiency. Pearl ashes
also provide relief from body heat and are good for the eyes. They cure
tuberculosis ,chronic fevers, cough ,breathing problems ,palpitations,
high blood pressure, heart ailments ,exhaustion and weakness. A pearl is
flawed if it has cracks or a mole on the skin, or if it is lustreless .
Greek legend explains the origin of the amethyst which is purple-hued.
Dionysius, the Greek god of wine was insulted by a human being. Dionysius
swore that he would take revenge on the next mortal who crossed his path.
He created fierce tigers to carry out his wish. Along came the unsuspecting
Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden, on her way to pay tribute to the Goddess
Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to
protect her from the brutal claws of the fierce animals. Dionysius wept
tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue.
The God's tears strained the quartz purple, creating this beautiful stone.
Purple, with its obvious associations with royalty, has been popular for
ages. Amethyst was considered to be a strong antidote against excessive
intoxication, which is why wine goblets were often carved from it!
This gem - stone still symbolises sobriety
wax eloquent about the good qualities of all gem stones is not the aim
of this write-up but it would be pertinent as well as interesting to
note that that every gem stone has unique properties on account of which
it can be worn (or not worn ) . Of course ,not everybody can wear the
stones : there is a stone for all who believe in this therapy -method
to maintain Good - Health .
are many varieties of gem-stones and several types of ' protective
' precious /semi-precious stones available in the family- collections
as also with those specialising in this curative-method . We welcome
any enquiry in this regard at the address of our business-advisers,viz;
Kanika Ramana & Associates , INDIA . E-mail : email@example.com
: WEARING JUST ANY STONE COULD HAVE DISASTROUS RESULTS
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