Rasajalanidhi, Rasa-jala-nidhi: 1 definition



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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Rasajalanidhi (रसजलनिधि) is the name of a compilation of 5 volumes dealing with Rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy) and contains various chemical processes, Iatro-chemical preparations, Ayurvedic recipes and other information dealing with  medicinal alchemy and chemistry. The Sanskrit verses are collected from various sources.

The first volume deals with the initiation of a pupil, setup of a laboratory and the process and purification techniques of Mercury. The second volume deals the medicinal characteristics of at least 25 uparasa (minerals). The third volume deals primarily with metals (dhātu), gems (ratna) and alkalis (kṣāra) and describes processes such as purification, incineration and liquefaction. The fourth volume deals with Iatro-chemical recipes for the treatment of afflictions such as fever (jvara) and diarrhea (atisara). The fifth volume deals with the symptoms and treatment of various afflictions.

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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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