Patratala, Patratāla: 2 definitions
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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Patratāla (पत्रताल):—One of the two main varieties of Tālaka (‘orpiment’), which is part of the uparasa group of eight minerals, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra. It has a scally/rustic look and is the recommended variety for rasāyana. It is also known by the synonym Dalākhya.Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6
Patratāla is the scally variety of Tālaka (“Orpiment”):—It contains sūkṣmapatras (small scales/layers), hemavarṇa (golden colour), guru (heavy in weight), snigdha (greasy), bhāsura (brightly shining), bahusatva (containing more quantity of satva (metal-arsenic)). Its therapeutic property is rasāyana.
Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.
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