Sacred Pearls

The Sacred Pearls are a group of natural gemstones that have been largely lost to the world for centuries.  These gems were first documented in the Hindu scriptures, and their tradition extends throughout the legends of the Far East and beyond.

Within the Hindu holy texts (known as the Vedas) is a volume called Atharva-Veda, wherein a book called Sri Garuda Purana (believed to have been written anywhere between 2200 BCE. and 300CE) first referenced The Sacred Pearls.  Generally known as the Sri Garuda Purana, this book is a dialogue between Hinduism’s Lord Vishnu (left, the “Preserver” in the Hindu trinity) and the winged deity Garuda wherein secrets are divulged about how the universe functions.  Within this volume, the existence of Nine Pearls are described, which have thereafter been held as Sacred.  These are:  The OysterConch Pearl, The Cobra Pearl, The Boar Head Pearl, The ElephantBamboo Pearl, The Whale Pearl, The Fish Pearl, and The Cloud Pearl, The Pearl, The Pearl.  Barring the most prevalently known bivalve pearls, the balance of these gems have not been seen, even within the learned Hindu population, for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Some time later, the Vedic scholar Varahamihira wrote an enormous treatise entitled Brhat Samhita (“The Great Compilation”), which is thought to have been penned sometime between 100 BCE and 500 CE.  As a scientist, Varahamihira has been a lasting contributor to the fields of trigonometry and differential calculus, having discovered new trigonometric formulae and improved the accuracy of mathematical sine tables. Varahamihira devoted a great deal of time to the Sacred Pearls in Brhat Samhita, noting color, texture, and shape characteristics, and introduced variations within each specie of pearl found in the Puranas

The first documented contact with these artifacts by the Western world is described in the sole volume of 18th Century scientist Albertus Seba, entitled Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.  Therein, many of the Sacred Pearls (and a wide variety of other types) were hand-sketched, and the collection of these items were on display in a forum which was the precursor of the modern day museum.  Today, the original 446-plate volume, part of the greater work  Loccupletissimi Rerum Thesauri Accurata Desceripto, is on permanent exhibit at Koninklijke Biblioteek in The Hague, Netherlands.There is nothing that can properly prepare you for what you are about to see here.  Unlike better-known gemstones, these are not exactly the type of jewels (or “Mani”) that you can plop down on a jeweler’s bench and ask for an appraisal.  The Hindus have had some of these items in temples for centuries, and reports exist that physical analysis, always producing inconclusive results, has long been considered futile.  This is due to the fact that, as Holy Relics, these artifacts have been, by definition, objects of faith and have traditionally been considered beyond testing.  We have developed some of our own conclusions through this research, and our analysis group has been diverse.  The historical and anecdotal research, when coupled with our analyst views, present an interesting and broad picture.  We feel that this  may be  reaching a point where we can now share the first of our findings with readers, so this site is ultimately positioned to facilitate communications between all parties interested in these artifacts.

Our mission at VedicPearls.Com, a division of Divine Net Galleries, is straightforward:  To remind seekers about the existence of these sacred objects, and with a modern eye help place them where they might be most appreciated; doing so according to the instructions within their traditions.  Since these gems are not only objects of faith, but symbols within group consciousness; subjects of common cultural reference amongst almost a billion, it is also the mission of Divine.Net and VedicPearls.Com to help disseminate this information as objectively as possible to those who may be seeking it.  During this project, we have had to consider that the axiom “For those who believe, no proof is necessary; For those that do not believe, no proof is possible” holds true, however we are also functioning as a commercial agency for what is likely the world’s largest collection of these artifacts.  We find it our place, therefore, to use best accepted business practice in their administration, while working towards a general certification path; especially since this market is a new one and represents a rather deep exchange between East and West.

Finally, these gems are scarce.  Some have come from holy men in remote jungles, others received as gifts from tribal chieftains; some have been generational heirlooms; they have all been made available through legitimate transactions within changing times and circumstance.  This class of revered artifact has transculturaly been the subject of legend, even in the oldest written library (The Epic of Gilgamesh in Sumerian Cuneiform, 2200 BCE), and some have been traditionally procured under circumstances endangering life and limb; with deep appreciation and respect for all animals.  A chain of long and trusted personal relationships is what is able to bring these natural treasures to fore at the present time.  These are also intercultural relationships, making the journey of these objects from a tribal religious order, through an Islamic social system, into the United States, and available to those within Sanatana Dharma, as almost an unusual phenomenon as the pearls themselves.

While the Vedic Pearls are historically a cultural heirloom of Hinduism, one does not need to be a Hindu to enjoy this site or to learn about these artifacts.  While Vedic scriptures may indicate that some pearls require ritual handling for owners, or an installation rite by a Hindu priest, VedicPearls.Com is a cooperative project driven by a spiritual mission to share objectively, and this between Hindus, Muslims, Taoists, Shamans, and Christians; without such this site would never exist.

Thank you for visiting VedicPearls.Com, and thank you to the many who have made this project possible.If you would like to discuss your interest in these artifacts, or would like to explore a local exhibition, please visit the “Contact Us” page.  You are also cordially invited to sign our guestbook, as well as participate in the ongoing public forum which are both available on the front page of our site.  Thanks again!

Kindest regards,

The Divine Net Team

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