Prakashamusha, Prakāṣamūṣā, Prakasha-musha: 1 definition
Prakashamusha 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.
The Sanskrit term Prakāṣamūṣā can be transliterated into English as Prakasamusa or Prakashamusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Indian Journal of History of Science, 31(4), 1996: Mūṣāvijñāna
Prakāṣamūṣā (प्रकाषमूषा) refers to an “open crucible” and is one of the two type of mūṣā (crucible) mentioned in the Gorakṣasaṃhitā 5.213 and Rasakāmadhenu 14.67,72. Accordingly, Mūṣā is classified into two categories. Prakāṣamūṣā (an open crucible) and Andhamūṣā or Mūkamūṣā (a closed crucible). Depending upon wether or not the ingredients could be exposed to air, or a volatile component let pass; either an open or a closed crucible was used in chemical operations.
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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