Rasamrita, Rasāmṛta, Rasa-amrita: 4 definitions

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Introduction:

Rasamrita 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 Rasāmṛta can be transliterated into English as Rasamrta or Rasamrita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Rasāmṛta (रसामृत) or Rasāmṛtarasa is the name of an Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fifth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 1, Raktapitta: hemoptysis). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.

Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., rasāmṛta-rasa): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Rasāmṛta (रसामृत) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—two poems by Rūpa Gosvāmin. Mentioned in Vaiṣṇavatoṣiṇī.

2) Rasāmṛta (रसामृत):—med. by Jayadeva. B. 4, 238. NW. 588. Quoted in Bhāvaprakāśa Oxf. 311^b.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rasāmṛta (रसामृत):—[from rasa > ras] n. Name of [work] (and ta-sindhu, m.)

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Böhtlingk and Roth Grosses Petersburger Wörterbuch

Rasāmṛta (रसामृत):—n. Titel eines medicinischen Werkes [Oxforder Handschriften 311,b,37.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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