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[Tidbits] Navaratna Ring

Navaratna in Sanskrit is a compound word which–when
translated–means “nine gems”. A Navaratna jewel is often worn by a
Maharaja and contains a ruby (representing the sun) in the center and
is circled clockwise from the top by a diamond, a pearl, red coral,
hessonite, blue sapphire, cat’s eye, yellow sapphire, and an emerald.
Only a ruby or a red spinel may be set in the center of the ornament
for to do otherwise would go against the flow of nature. The ruby in
the center is due to the fact that the sun is in the center of the
solar system and that the red gem is in the heart of the Navaratna

Each of these stones represents a celestial deity and the sum of the
stones represents the totality of the Hindu universe. As I am sure
you all know. the diamond is the most potent among the nine gems. The
Maharajas value each gem as individual Hindu gods and they are
exchanged with people with whom they are very close. the royal family
of course ranking the highest among acquaintances.

India was the first country to mine diamonds–some mines dating back
to 296 BC. They have been given to retain or regain a lover’s favor
and as a tribute to fidelity in return for concessions and
protection. I suspect that this philosophy still ranks high in our
social world. though perhaps couched under an aura of altruistic
intents. Here’s a diamond. now you’re mine and only mine and I’ll pay
the rent from here on in. Or something like that.

Mughal emperors and Kings used diamonds as a means of ensuring their
immortality by having their names and titles inscribed upon them. I
ask myself how. as I thought engraving diamonds was a bit of a modern
technology. But the world built pyramids before the existence cranes
or heavy machinery. so why not inscribe diamonds? They also used
diamonds as a poison. Yessirree babaloo. They crushed and minced the
diamonds and then laced the resulting mash into a victim’s foods
which–I assume–ultimately ripped said victim’s gizzards to shreds
making digestion and food elimination a most painful and lethal

As to the astrological meaning of the gems: The ruby is the gem for
the Sun. The pearl is for the moon. Red coral. Mars. Emerald.
Mercury. Yellow sapphire. Jupiter. Diamond… Venus. Blue sapphire.
Saturn. Hessonite. Rahu (ascending lunar node) and cat’s eye. Ketu
(descending lunar node). As a quick aside. all these gems must be
high-born and flawless. If I were pressed and perhaps cajoled. I
could give you the Sanskrit version. but what for? Who amongst us
can read Sanskrit?

As to why all gems need to be pure and flawless. it is because only
these stones can protect us from demons and snakes and poisons and
diseases and sinful reaction. Flawed stones–of course–have the
opposite effect. A pure and flawless stone radiates an internal sheen
which is the accompaniment of good luck. So if any of you buy or sell
anything less than flawless gems. you can consider yourselves
directly responsible for the demise of our society. Be forewarned. It
would be a huge mistake to use a stone of lesser quality.

The world today–my friends–is in serious trouble. Don’t take my
word for it. Ask our politicians for they appear to know these
things. They blame the problem on outside influences. I–on the other
hand–having been in the diamond and jewelry business my entire life.
know full well that the cause is due to the preponderance of
imperfect gems that pervade our existences. It is these and these
alone that are and will be the ultimate demise of our society. Want
to fix the problem folks. We don’t need new political leaders. We
need more high quality

A word of caution here. No short-cuts. No almost perfect. Top of the
line or nothing. If you don’t do that. you will all personally be
liable for all the evil that befalls humanity. Don’t say you weren’t

Okay. You know the rest. The visit to the image. also known as the
viewing experience. You know where. Home page. Scroll down. Left side. [Tidbits]. Click.
And there for your sensory optic pleasure you will see a Navaratna
Ring. chosen by random for its beauty.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks. Catch you all
next week.

Benjamin Mark