Rasaśāstra, aka: Rasa-shastra; 3 Definition(s)
The term ‘Rasaśāstra’ is composed of two words i.e. Rasa and Śāstra. In general the word ‘Rasa’ represents for may things, however in this context it might have been used for two meanings i.e. according to first meaning ‘Rasa’ is an absorable form of drugs’ and as per the second meaning ‘Rasa’ means ‘Mercury’ which is also in liquid form at room temperature and which possessesthe capacity to make other metals to be soluble or dessolvable in it and to make these similar to it (mercury) i.e. in liquid (rasa) form. The second word ‘Śāstra’ means the Science or the Knowledge thus thetechnical term ‘Rasaśāstra’ means the science or the knowledge which teaches us to convert the drugs, irrespective of their nature (i.e. Herbal, Mineral or Animal) into Rasa like form means in an absorbable form and according to thismeaning ‘Rasaśāstra’ is a Pharmaceutical science or it is an Āyurvedic Pharmaceutics
Further as per the second meaning the term ‘Rasaśāstra’ is to denote ascience or the knowledge related to mercurial processings, operations or the preparations and their therapeutic uses.
Rasaśāstra is not merely meant for Dhātuvāda (Alchemy or Gold/Silver making purposes) with a view to remove poverty from the world but it is essentially meant for Dehavedha or Rasāyanavāda purposes by making the body very strong, free from diseases and stable for longer duration with the use of mercury and sulphur compounds. It proves highly helpful to achieve ‘Mukti’ (emancipation or final liberation) from the worldly affairs through continuous Sādhanā.
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