In the middle of the 20th century Yoga started gaining popularity among the young people in England, Europe and the USA. When gurus such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Muktananda, Yogi Bhajan and A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada began their movements from TM to the Hare Krishnas, Indian Vedic philosophy started to interest western youth.
Today yoga is almost a household word and although not everyone in the west knows there is a deep philosophy behind its practice it is readily accepted as one of the greatest ways to bring health to the body and mind. Most yoga teachers concentrate on teaching the physical postures F95zone, called asanas, and some also teach the breathing exercises called pranayama. Fewer also delve into the deeper yoga philosophy of self-realization, but from those that do came the interest in India’s other Vedic sciences of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), Ayurveda (India’s ancient system of medicine) and Gem Therapy, which is used in some form in both of them.
Vedic Astrology’s philosophy of being able to affect outcomes of one’s karma uses particular mantras and sacred geometry, but the most popular among the Indians and now westerners as well, is the use of gemstones to increase what may be a weak planetary influence. Vedic astrologers, also called jyotishis, will recommend a person to wear a particular gemstone that is said to carry the cosmic vibration of the planet’s they want strengthened. This may be to bring better health, give impetus to career success or attract good fortune to a person in various areas of life. The Vedic Cultural Fellowship in the USA is one organization that has had much success in their astrological services to Americans from all walks of life. Their associates at Planetary Jewels have become well known for the remarkable results gained from clients wearing the gems purchased from them in the forms of rings and pendants.
The Ayurvedic gem therapy seems to be the most intriguing and effective means of utilizing the potencies of gems. Natural precious gems from ruby and sapphire to diamond and emerald are placed within a specialty lamp and connected to an electronic instrument that imposes a frequency on the lamp. A copper coil embedded in the lamp carries the impulses, which vibrate within a range of 1 HZ to 16 HZ, the same frequencies emitted by the human brain during sleep to waking states of consciousness. The therapy first began gaining enthusiastic practitioners in Europe in the early 1990s and by the late 90s had crossed the Atlantic and a few natural health practitioners began implementing its use. As they began to see the positive results gained by treating everything from skin problems like eczema to digestive disorders and anxiety as well as other emotional problems by using gem lamps they began to incorporate it more and more into their everyday practice.
It was the recent launch of Balaji Gem Instruments’ GL108 Navaratna Gem Lamps to the Resort and Medical Spa industry that is now getting this therapy into the mainstream. The lamps show obvious healing and regeneration of skin cells, which is one of the biggest areas of interest by estheticians. Many clients are testifying to the beautifying results of their “emerald lamp facials”, which bathe the face in cooling rays of emerald and to their “blue sapphire massage”, which seems to have immediate calming effects when beamed on the forehead and virtually relaxes muscles. Joint pains become immediately lessened and with all the back complaints seeming to be #1 on many people’s “complaint list” the blue sapphire treatment is becoming one of the favorites at spas offering these treatments.
With such relaxing and healing therapies coming from the world of Ayurvedic medicine and interest in the astrology and yoga of the “Vedic world” we expect that India’s contributions in the form of their arts science and history are here to stay and will gain greater and greater popularity the world over.