Pinakabhra, Pinaka-abhra, Pinākābhra: 2 definitions


Pinakabhra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Pinākābhra (पिनाकाभ्र) is one of the four sub-varieties of Abhraka (‘mica’), a group of silicate minerals, according to the Sanskrit work called the Rasaprakāśasudhākara (treatise on rasaśāstra literature). It is also known as Pinākābhraka (पिनाकाभ्रक). Mica is further subdivided in four different colors: śveta (‘white’), rakta (‘red’), pīta (‘yellow’) and kṛṣṇa (‘black’).

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 4-5

Pinākābhra variety when heated on fire gets its layers separated or gets expanded. On internal use, it produces kṛmi and kuṣṭha-rogas within one month.

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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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