The PGA Diploma

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PGA RESOLUTION: Rule for New Members

Dated: April 27, 2005. It has been unanimously decided by the PGA ruling committee that effective immediately, all new member applicants must take the PGA test, and pass, to be accepted as members. Successful applicants will then also be awarded the PGA diploma, as well as PGA membership certificate.

JOIN NOW: If you want to join the PGA – take the PGA’s 63 Question test and earn the “PGA” Diploma then print out all of this page, check the answers, and email or post the completed test, to us. Be sure to submit the processing fee of US$39.00 which can be paid by clicking HERE to pay on-line.

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Write to Planetary Gemologists Association, All Seasons Place – Retail Center, 1st floor, 123-C All Season Place, 87/208 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok-10330, Kingdom of Thailand 02-252-1230 / 252-1231 • E-mail: office@p-g-a.org Please send payment with completed test (below)

The PGA (Planetary Gemologists Association), named in Sanskrit as the “Graha-anukul ratna-visheshajna parishad,” is also an Internet based Institute of Planetary Gemology, i.e., the Vedic “Nava ratna” or 9 GEMS system of metaphysical birthstones. Planetary Gemology is a combination of four (4) Vedic Sciences, viz., gemology, astrology, ayurveda, and jewelry or talisman making.

The PGA has a 63 question test for certification as a “PGA” or Planetary Gem Advisor. This test is found below. The PGA test is open book with no time limit so the scoring is strict (8 mistakes is failure to pass). Most answers can be found on the PGA’s WWW site at PGA Courses and successful applicants will receive the “PGA” (Planetary Gem Advisor) Diploma as well as their PGA Membership Certificate. A successful PGA who is also a ‘certified’ GEMOLOGIST will be awarded the rare “PG” or PLANETARY GEMOLOGIST Degree. Click HERE for the current official list of PGA Graduates.

Located globally, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, NON-STOP, the PGA is the World Authority on Planetary Gemology; and the PGA & PG Diplomas serve as a guarantee of excellence to the innocent public.

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The PGA Test

“Planetary Gem Advisor”

Note: There is a US$ 39. processing fee to take the PGA test (No refund regardless if you pass or fail the test)

GRADING: This is an open book test with no time limit; therefore the scoring is very strict, i.e., A=no mistakes, B=two mistakes, C=four mistakes, D=six mistakes, F=eight mistakes is failure to pass.

JOIN NOW: If you want to join the PGA – take the PGA’s 63 Question test and earn the “PGA” Diploma then PAY ON LINE, or print out all of this page, check the answers, and post the completed test, along with the processing fee of US$39.00 which can be paid by International Bank Draft or Money Order payable to “Hrisikesh Ltd” send to Planetary Gemologists Association, All Seasons Place – Retail Center, 1st floor, 123-C All Season Place, 87/208 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok-10330, Kingdom of Thailand 02-252-1230 / 252-1231 • E-mail: office@p-g-a.org. Please send payment with completed test (below)

JOIN NOW!!!

Yes, I wish to become a member of the Planetary Gemologists Association. I understand that there is no membership dues, but I am required to pass the PGA Test in order to become a PGA Member. To take the PGA test there is a US$39 test processing fee. I understand that I am under NO obligation to remain a member of the PGA

First Name:
Last Name:
Postal Address:
Phone:
Fax:
E-mail:
URL:
Age:
Occupation:
Are you a Vedic astrologer? YES / NO
Do you recommend gems to people based on Jyotish? YES / NO

Gem Choosing philosophy: ANUKUL-VAD, i.e., Gems act SAME as their Graha (Gems should be used for Anukul-grahas), or PRATIKUL-VAD, i.e., Gems act OPPOSITE of their Graha (Gems should be used for Pratikul-grahas) (please circle or underline one only)

1) Use of synthetic (man-made) gems in Planetary Gemology: YES or NO
2) Use of Uparatna (natural semi-precious gems) in Planetary Gemology: YES or NO
3) Use of very flawed gems in Planetary Gemology: YES or NO

Also, in your practice, what is your service:
CHOOSE ONE ONLY:

1) I only choose gems (I don’t supply)
2) I only supply gems (I don’t choose)
3) I supply gems & jewelry (I don’t choose)
4) I both choose gems and supply loose gems
5) I both choose gems and supply gems loose or in jewelry
6) I both choose gems and supply gems loose or in panch dhatu kavacha

Personal Reference (at least one reference name & contact information):

Please explain your involvement with Planetary Gemology:

Signature:                                                                                               Date

PLEASE: Attach your current photograph… THANK YOU!

Print out, sign and return this completed form and test by post, fax or e-mail addressed to…Att: Acting Secretary, Planetary Gemologists Association, All Seasons Place – Retail Center, 1st floor, 123-C All Season Place, 87/208 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok-10330, Kingdom of Thailand 02-252-1230 / 252-1231 • E-mail: office@p-g-a.org

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PLEASE CHECK OR CIRCLE THE CORRECT ANSWER FOR EACH QUESTION

Q1: In Vedic Gemology a real Salagram Shila is ruled by

1. Brahma
2. Indra
3. Vishnu
4. Shankara

Q2: In mundane gemology Quartz gems are which crystal system

1. Cubic
2. Hexagonal
3. Tetragonal
4. Triclinic

Q3: In Vedic culture a Rudraksha is ruled by

1. Brahma
2. Indra
3. Vishnu
4. Shankara

Q4: In Vedic astrology the 4th House represents

1. Spouse, Contracts, Overall dealings with “others”
2. Happiness, Home, Mother
3. Intelligence/Creativity, Children, Amusements
4. Rise in life/career, success, fame

Q5: Ruby is a form of
1. beryl
2. apatite
3. corundum
4. garnet

Q6: In Vedic astrology a person’s BIRTH SIGN is based on the position of
1. Venus
2. Sun
3. Moon
4. Jupiter

Q7: Blue sapphire is a form of
1. beryl
2. apatite
3. corundum
4. garnet

Q8: Which gem is NOT used for Surya (the Sun)
1. red garnet
2. sun stone
3. rubellite
4. red spinel

Q9: Emerald is a form of
1. beryl
2. apatite
3. corundum
4. garnet

Q10: In Vedic astrology a person’s BIRTH STAR is
1. Sun Sign
2. Rising Sign
3. Moon Sign
4. Moon Constellation

Q11: Hessonite is an orange color of
1. beryl
2. apatite
3. corundum
4. garnet

Q12: Tsavorite is a green color of
1. beryl
2. apatite
3. corundum
4. garnet

Q13: A gem ruled by Jupiter is
1. Brown Zircon
2. Cat’s eye
3. Red coral
4. Golden Topaz

Q14: “Pratikula-vad” means
1. A gem will act SAME as it’s ruling planet (A gem is chosen to harness the positive qualities of the benefic planet it is associated with.)
2. A gem will act OPPOSITE of it’s ruling planet (A gem is chosen to neutralize the ill effects of the malefic planet it is associated with.)

Q15: Cancer is ruled by
1. Mars
2. Mercury
3. Ketu
4. Moon

Q16: “In Sanskrit, “Sapta-ratna” means
1. 7 gems
2. 3 gems
3. 12 gems
4. 5 gems

Q17: In literal Sanskrit, “Jyotish” means
1. Science of Time
2. Light of God
3. Science of Space
4. Mastery of Logic

Q18: Sidereal means
1. Astrology
2. Of the stars
3. From the North
4. From the South

Q19: The most popular ayanamsa used in Vedic astrology is
1. Lahiri
2. Tropical
3. BV Raman
4. Yukteshwar

Q20: If a person has unknown birth time then their lagna should be___________in relation to choosing gems
1. Used
2. Doubled
3. Disregarded
4. Guessed

Q21: Ketu is
1. Uranus
2. South Node of the Moon
3. North Node of the Moon
4. Neptune

Q22: Vedic astrology follows which system of beginning a day
1. 12:00 NOON
2. 12:00 MIDNIGHT
3. SUNRISE
4. None of the above

Q23: If a person has Moon in Pisces in the Rasi chart then the planet to consider STRENGTHENING WITH A GEMSTONE is
1. Mercury
2. Jupiter
3. Ketu
4. Neptune

Q24: A NATURAL pearl is said to be which “cosmic color?”
1. red
2. orange
3. infra red
4. ultra violet

Q25: Shukla paksha means
1. day’s end
2. day’s start
3. good period
4. waxing moon

Q26: What is said to be the cosmic color of Sun?
1. yellow
2. red
3. orange
4. infra red

Q27: Anukula-vad means that a gem will act the same as it’s planet (so gems should only be used for “anukul” or beneficial planets)
1. True
2. False

Q28: What is the secondary gem for Surya
1. Red spinel
2. Red coral
3. Bloodstone
4. Sunstone

Q29: If a person has Moon in Cancer that means
1. exalted
2. own sign
3. harmful
4. debilitated

Q30: According to the “Anukul” system (i.e., a gem acts same as its graha) if a person has a harmful Mars in their horoscope then they should avoid wearing a red coral
1. True
2. False

Q31: According to both ANUKUL (a gem acts same as its graha) & PRATIKUL (a gem acts opposite of its graha) systems if a person has a harmful Mars in their horoscope they can help to mitigate the problem by
1. donating a red coral to a celibate on Tuesday at noon
2. donating a red coral to a poor lady on Tuesday at midnight
3. donating a red coral to a leper on Tuesday evening
4. donating a red coral to a king on Tuesday during the waxing moon

Q32: For a person born April 26, 1947 their Planetary Fadic number (cosmic number) and lucky gem is
1. # 4 Hessonite
2. # 6 Diamond
3. # 2 Natural Pearl
4. # 8 Blue Sapphire

Q33: The 8th house rules
1. occult (e.g., Astrology)
2. holes in the ground
3. death
4. all of the above

Q34: Colorless quartz crystal is ruled by
1. Moon
2. Mercury
3. Venus
4. Sun

Q35: The 9th house rules
1. Family
2. Gains
3. Fame
4. Religion

Q36: Diamond is what crystal structure?
1. cubic
2. hexagonal
3. tetragonal
4. triclinic

Q37: There are HOW MANY crystal systems?
1. twelve
2. fourteen
3. six
4. nine

Q38: Red Carnelian is said to be another gem for
1. Mars
2. Sun
3. Gemini
4. Mercury

Q39: In Sanskrit (Vedic astrology) “antardasha” means
1. major planetary period
2. sub-sub planetary period
3. minor planetary period
4. none of the above

Q40: Natural Pearl must be
1. formed by nature (has a natural shape, no pre-shaped implant)
2. all nacre
3. x-ray certified
4. all of the above

Q41: Natural red spinel can best be distinguished from synthetic spinel by testing
1. Refractive Index
2. Optic character
3. Specific Gravity
4. none of the above

Q42: Peridot is said to be an uparatna for
1. Mars
2. Jupiter
3. Ketu
4. Mercury

Q43: If a person has Gemini rising (lagna) then the rising sign lord is
1. Mars
2. Sun
3. Gemini
4. Mercury

Q44: According to both Anukul & Pratikul systems if a person needs to placate Shani (Saturn) they may
1. Donate a blue sapphire to a leper on Saturday
2. Donate a blue sapphire to a poor young man on Saturday
3. Donate a black goat on Saturday
4. Donate a black horse on Saturday

Q45: In practice of Jyotish the 6th house is
1. Benefic
2. Malefic

Q46: The 12th house rules
1. loss
2. gain
3. fame
4. love

Q47: The DAY to begin using a hessonite is
1. Thursday
2. Saturday
3. Monday
4. None of the above

Q48: If a person has Scorpio in the 11th then the 11th house lord would be
1. Mars
2. Sun
3. Gemini
4. Mercury

Q49: In choosing gems when the birth time is known the first thing to check is the
1. Moon sign
2. Rising sign
3. Sun sign
4. Mahadasha (major planetary period)

Q50: Which Mercury gem is the hardest
1. Emerald
2. Tsavorite
3. Green Tourmaline
4. Peridot

Q51: By “Anukul” system a gem should NOT be worn for a planet which is
1. Harmful
2. Weak
3. Both of the above

Q52: According to the “Pratikul” system if a person has a malefic Saturn in their horoscope they should

1. Wear a blue sapphire
2. Avoid a blue sapphire

Q53: Which gem/planet should usually be strengthened to increase a person’s gains?
1. Lagna lord
2. 9th house lord
3. 10th house lord
4. 11th house lord

Q54: In a Nava-ratna setting Jupiter (yellow sapphire) is located at
1. East
2. West
3. North
4. South

Q55: By “Pratikul” system belief (gems act OPPOSITE of their graha) if Mercury is harmful (pratikul) in the horoscope then wearing an emerald will
1. Strengthen Mercury and make it better
2. Strengthen Mercury and make it worse
3. Weaken Mercury and make it better
4. Weaken Mercury and make it worse

Q56: In a Nava-ratna setting Venus (diamond) is located at
1. North
2. East
3. South
4. West

Q57: The herbal ASH (bhasma) for Sun is
1. Red lotus (padma)
2. Milk weed (Arka)
3. none of these
4. both of these

Q58: According to Anukul system (gems act SAME as their graha) if a Planetary Gemology Service Provider recommends a gem for a malefic or pratikul planet then they are
1. Harming the client
2. Helping the client

Q59: Which statement is NOT true?

1. Moon is said to be orange cosmic color
2. Jupiter is Guru of the Asuras
3. Indigo is said to be the cosmic color of diamonds
4. Kusa Grass is the cosmic ayurvedic herb for Ketu

Q60: A synthetic gemstone is:

1. Optically the same as a natural gem
2. Separated from a natural under extremely high magnification by an expert studying the inclusions within the stone
3. Made in a laboratory and may be of one of at least 3 types of growth processes
4. All of the above
5. None of the above

Q61: If a sapphire or ruby is heat-treated it:

1. Is easily seen to be treated by the color
2. Becomes useless for jyotish prescription as the modern heat treatment process is “scientifically proven” to render the gem inert
3. Can always easily be detected by holding the stone in a clear glass of water with a tweezers and seeing if the color is uneven
4. Changes its molecular structure to a different crystal system
5. None of the above

Q62: Which house lords are the first to consider strengthening for overall protection, good health, as well as both material and spiritual good fortune?

1. Lords of the 4th and 10th houses
2. Lords of the 2nd and 5th houses
3. Lords of the 1st and 9th houses
4. None of the above

Q63: Write an English definition of Planetary Gemology (graha-anukul ratna-visheshajna) in one sentence:

NOTE: This is an open book test with no time limit so all correct answers can be looked up.

SCORING:
A – 100% correct
B – 2 mistakes
C – 4 mistakes
D – 6 mistakes
F – 8 mistakes

The Sanskrit name for the PGA was composed by HONORARY PATRON Prof. Dr. Satya Vrat Shastri, Padma Shri

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