DASAS, BHUKTIS, GEMSTONES AND MANTRAS
Every person should wear the gemstone corresponding to his or her birth planet (the planet
that rules the ascendant or first house) as well as wearing the gemstone corresponding to the current planetary dasa. Please remember, however, that a gemstone worn for a particular dasa should be
removed after the dasa ends, unless the stone also happens to be appropriate to wear throughout one's entire life (beginners should consult an expert). Because determining a person's dasa
periods is too complicated to teach here, readers who are want a copy of their Hindu horoscope and dasa bhuktis can call Astro Communications in San Diego at (800) 888-9983 or Astrogram in Chicago at
(312) 589 6314.
The planet that corresponds to the lagna, the ascendant or first house that is, is considered one's birth planet. The stone corresponding to that
planet is the "birth stone". The birth stone, as already mentioned, should be worn until one's death. As indicated above, the gemstone for Mercury is emerald. Therefore, a person with
a Virgo or Gemini ascendant should wear an emerald because Mercury rules Virgo and Gemini. A person with a Sagittarius ascendant must wear yellow sapphire because that is the stone of Jupiter, which
rules Sagittarius. (Warning - these recommendations are ONLY TO BE PRESCRIBED FOR ONE'S HINDU BIRTHCHART CALCULATED BY THE SIDEREAL ZODIAC. Wearing improper astrological gemstones is harmful.).
By wearing the gemstone that corresponds to the first house, the most important house of a horoscope, the person strengthens his or her image, confidence, well-being, self- esteem, and the ability to
gain recognition. The birthstone is generally the most important stone to wear. The effects of gemstones are subtle, but they are profound enough for most individuals to notice a positive
difference. Let me give some examples.
Having a Taurus ascendant, Venus is my birth planet. Venus is quite afflicted in my birthchart, being one degree away from malefic Ketu (South Node) and
two degrees away from malefic Mars. This has hurt confidence, recognition, well-being, early childhood, and other first house matters. Further, the ascendant ruler (Venus) being placed next to Mars
and Ketu causes an extremely introspective and mystical nature because Ketu represents metaphysical and astral phenomenon and Mars rules the twelfth house of my horoscope, the house of spiritual
and other-worldly experiences. Therefore, aside from a strong spiritual and metaphysical nature, I have always experienced a strong sense of alienation from the world. During adulthood, for some reason,
the effects have been particularly annoying. In my early thirties, when I began wearing my Hindu astrological birthstone (diamond for Venus) the perpetually disturbing moods disappeared entirely
within a few months. Confidence increased and I experienced greater equanimity in love matters, another one of Venus' significations. The best effect, however, was eliminating my alienating moods and
that was quite a welcome and unexpected surprise.
On the other hand, wearing an inappropriate stone can produce harmful effects. Many years ago, I saw a client who had been out of work for over a
year. The ascendant of this woman's horoscope was Virgo and therefore Mercury was her birth planet and emerald her birth stone. Having a Virgo ascendant meant that Mercury was ruling her tenth house
(Gemini), the realm of career success - the area of her current problems. As fate would have it, this woman needed a Mercury stone (green emerald) in a big way because Mercury in her horoscope was
seriously afflicted by being only two degrees away from malefic Saturn. As I was advising her to purchase an emerald (or green tourmaline if she could not afford emerald), I noticed that she wore a
beautiful, and quite costly, three or four carat blue sapphire that her mother had given her. Blue sapphire, unfortunately for her, is the stone of Saturn and since Saturn was the planet damaging
Mercury, the planet of confidence, self-esteem, and career in her horoscope, strengthening Saturn was the worst stone she could wear!
I told my client to get rid of the sapphire and to put on an emerald or tourmaline. About two or three weeks later, she called and excitedly informed
me that after removing the large blue sapphire she started feeling lighter and more at ease than she had felt in years. She also said that she had, at long last, finally secured "a perfect
job." Stories like this are common amongst Hindu astrologers.
Gemstones should be very high quality and they must be natural. This means gems should not be heated, dyed, and chemically altered. Also, the stones
should touch the skin, if at all possible. It is unimportant where the stones are worn, as long as they feel comfortable. Most importantly, gems should be large, two carats or more if possible, and
devoid of flaws and imperfections. If this is not possible, one should consider purchasing a slightly smaller gem or a "secondary" stone - a stone which is similar in color and chemical
properties to the traditional gem. Because secondary stones are weaker in their effects, however, their size should be increased. Also, wearing several tiny "chips" that add up to two or
three carats is entirely ineffective. The gem must be large and pure to give noticeable benefits. Interestingly, the way many Indians chose gems is by picking one they like and taping it to their body
for a few hours or a day. They then pay close attention to their moods and the positive or negative news that comes their way while wearing the stone.
One of the most powerful upayes of all is called a yagya (also spelled yagna). A yagya is a religious or spiritual ceremony performed by a Hindu
priest in order to alleviate karmic difficulties and this is generally the most preferred method to ameliorate a crisis situation or a dangerous, life threatening dasa bhukti. A yagya is an
offering or sacrifice whereby a priest appeals to the planetary beings, or nature or the gods if you like, for grace and intervention on behalf of the person requesting the yagya. In the course of
the yagya, the priest lights a fire, burns candles and incense, and throws ghee (clarified butter) into the flames. This symbolizes the burning of the person's past negative karma. Also during the
yagya, the priest chants nine different astrological mantras, one for each of the original seven planets and Rahu and Ketu. Astrological Mantras are Sanskrit prayers that entreat higher
evolutionary beings to remove difficulties and problems in a person's life. Sanskrit is the language of the Vedas, the ancient Indian body of knowledge that is said to have been cognized by
enlightened seers. It is special in that it is known as a "name and form" language. This means that a sanskrit word is actually a subtle vibration of the object it describes. Therefore when a
person or priest chants a mantra to Brihaspati (the name of Jupiter), the energy or the actual being of Jupiter is invoked every time the word Brihaspati is recited. Mantra chanting produces
profound and noticeable results. Yagyas can be done not only during difficult periods or to remove incessant obstacles, but also to fulfill important desires. I have seen yagyas work in my own life and
for others time and time again. (I have also seen some yagyas have no effect at all. This, I believe, is due to the priest being interrupted or, for whatever reason, failing to transcend to deep
levels of consciousness during his chanting.) I once invited a Hindu priest into my home to do what is called a "Mars Yagya". The priest suggested this yagya because he noticed that in my
horoscope and in so many of my friends' horoscopes there were indications of love problems. This "Mars Yagya" was longer than the nava-graha, or nine planet yagya, that is most
commonly performed and lasted more than three hours. Interestingly, I invited my brother to the ceremony not because of his love life, but because he was in the middle of the worst dasa of his life and
had experienced non-stop problems for several years. His biggest difficulty was in his profession where he was being blatantly sabotaged and undermined by his own bosses. For months, I had advised
him to quit and find another job. But, having suffered so many career problems in the previous two years, he had no confidence to make a move. Within one week after the yagya, my brother was fired from
his job! My brother and I were both slightly shocked by what occurred until three or four days later when he found the exact same kind of job under extremely different circumstances. In his new
job, my brother's bosses were supportive beyond the call of duty. They went out of their way to make him feel welcomed and to help in any way they could with his sales.
Another friend who took part in the ceremony that day reaped extraordinary results, only his were more related to love matters - the prescribed purpose
of the "Mars yagya". This friend had been divorced for eight or nine years by now, and had endured one short term relationship after another. His pattern of failed relationships was so
unrelenting that by now even he hardly believed in his prospects for marriage. Within days after the Mars yagya, he met a woman he was certain he would marry. Within a year they did marry.
There is also the case of one of my clients who saved thousands of dollars because of a yagya. This woman was involved in a court case where she was
suing a school for an accident that occurred to her child. For whatever reasons, she lost the court case and was now in deep trouble because the school decided to sue her for court costs, which
amounted to over $25,000. In court, the judge advised her attorney that unless he could cite a previous case in law history that was similar to this one, where the defendant was relieved of paying
court costs, then his client would have to pay. Having advised this woman to obtain a yagya, she called Pandu Malyala, a priest in Pittsburgh who performs yagyas locally or long distance. In tears,
my client relayed her problems and asked for help. She explained that her attorney had searched high and low for a law case of precedent that would work in her favor, but one did not seem to exist.
Shortly after the yagya was performed, her stunned lawyer called to say that, unbelievably, he had just come across a favorable, two-month old court case that "appeared on his desk." (I assume
this meant in a law article or magazine.) My client saved a fortune.
Yagyas can be obtained by calling any Hindu temple in the U.S. or India that employs a Hindu priest. Two contacts are: Pandu Malyala in Pittsburgh at
(412) 374-9244 or the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (708) 972-0300. The usual donation for the two-hour ceremony is around $150 as of this writing. There are, incidentally, many kinds of yagyas
available. There are yagyas for acquisition of a spouse, childbirth, wealth, removal of obstacles, family happiness, and so on. For the purposes of ameliorating a difficult period or subperiod, the
nava graha or nine-planet yagya is usually recommended because it is both effective and reasonably affordable. If a person's problems are too intense however, a bigger yagya, one lasting seven
or eight days, may be necessary. It is preferable to be present with the priest during the yagya, but the ceremony can also be performed in absentia with fine results.
Another way to heal afflicted planets and difficult dasas and bhuktis is to chant astrological mantras. These are the same
mantras that the Hindu priest performing a yagya chants, although yagyas include additional ceremonial material. Some Westerners will find chanting astrological mantras comfortable while others may
not. Those with strong interest should consult either of my books Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer or How To Predict Your Future - Secrets of Eastern and Western Astrology.