Bodhana, 5 Definition(s)
Bodhana, “awakening,” or rodhana, “countering, coagulation,” are alternative terms for the sixth saṃskāra, by which mercuy, which has become purged of its toxic content but also its strength through the preceding operations, has its “virility” (vīrya) restored to it through irrigation in a salt bath. This operation gives mercury a “mouth” (mukha) with which to absorb other elements in the saṃskāras that follow.
Bodhana (बोधन):—Sixth of the eighteen Saṃskāra (special purification process). They are used to purify rasa (mercury) as per Rasaśāstra literature (Medicinal Alchemy), and are mentioned in texts such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara. In Āyurveda, Saṃskāra refers to the “detoxification” process of metals and herbs. The Bodhana-saṃskāra is commonly used for Dravya-karma and Rasāyana-karma, but also to change (rasa) in its undesired properties and to improve its Bubhukṣā. In other words: the first eight saṃskāras are sequentially used to purify and detoxify mercury in preparation for internal use. Bodhana refers to the process of ‘awakening’, by means of which mercury that has become purged of its toxic content but also its potency through the preceding operations, has its ‘virility’ (vīrya) restored to it through irrigation in a salt bath. This operation is said to give mercury a ‘mouth’ (mukha) with which to absorb other elements. This saṃskāra is also known as or rodhana (‘countering’, coagulation).
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