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There was once a wise woman traveling in the mountains who found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and she opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked if she might give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But only a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman who had given it to him.

"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I'm giving it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. I want you to give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone." 

This story demonstrates how the attachment to valuable gemstones as a remedial measure for planetary affliction is misguided. The challenging karma in our charts is the result of negative thoughts and actions from our past like acts of selfishness. This gets modified by the opposite - positive actions like acts of charity, and spiritual practices, especially when practiced with sincerity. K.N. Rao says, "Each person should be encouraged to worship according to his tradition and religion. It is sincerety of worship which is the cardinal point." In the West, gemstone recommendation has been given great importance, however, no classic texts mention their use as an astrological remedial measure. For instance, the Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, the most authoritative text on Jyotish, by Sage Parashara, recommends mantras, charities, yagyas (fire ceremony's), puja (worship) and other active remedies.