Rasaparpati, Rasaparpaṭī, Rasa-parpati: 3 definitions



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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous next»] — Rasaparpati in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Rasaparpaṭī (रसपर्पटी) refers to a type of Parpati medicine, according to the fourth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 3, grahaṇī: chronic diarrhoea).—Accordingly, “equal quantities of mercury and sulphur are to be rubbed together to form a kajjali or black powder, which is to be melted in an iron ladle placed upon fire, made of char coal (prepared preferably from wood of badara), and devoid of smoke. While melting the kajjali is to be rolled by means of a stick, so long as the former does not completely melt. It is then to be thrown forthwith upon a banana leaf, placed upon a small dais made of cow-dung, and pressed immediately by means of a lump of cow-dung contained in another piece of a banana leaf, external surfaces of the two leaves being smeared with a little of clarified butter. By this pressure, the melted kajjali will become very thin and widened. This is called parpati. The whole of the kajjali may thus be transformed into parpati, which is next to be smeared with a little of clarified butter and heated by a very mild heat, for a few minutes”.

Rasaparpaṭī cures piles, grahani, colic, diarrhoea, jaundice, anemia, enlargement of spleen, gulma, dropsy, bhasmakagni (abnormal hunger), ascites, leprosy, amlapitta, and many other diseases.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Rasaparpati in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Rasaparpaṭī (रसपर्पटी):—[=rasa-parpaṭī] [from rasa > ras] f. a [particular] preparation of mercury, [Bhāvaprakāśa]

[Sanskrit to German] (Deutsch Wörterbuch)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Sanskrit-Wörterbuch in kürzerer Fassung

Rasaparpaṭī (रसपर्पटी):—f. ein best. Quecksilberpräparat [Materia medica of the Hindus 32.] [Bhāvaprakāśa 3,36.]

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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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