by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 67,774 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828
This first volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi includes preliminary information on Alchemy including initiation of a discpiple, laboratory setup, mercurial operations and commonly used technical terms. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sanskrit verses dealing with ancient Indian alchemy and chem...
Metallurgy is a science which was taught by Shiva (God) himself. It is to be given to an earnest disciple by the preceptor in accordance with the usual procedure. In an auspicious moment, when the moon is in conjunction with a benefic star, and when both the moon and the star are strong,* an earthen vessel full of water, and containing gold, gems, and fruits, is to be placed in front of the Rasalingam, and covered with a piece of cloth. The image is then to be worshipped in the usual way with sandal paste, flowers, fried paddy, incense, and offerings of rice fruits, sweets &c. After the worship is over, a sacrificial fire is to be made in a triangular hole, called Yoni Kunda, characterised by good features, where offerings are to be duly given of oil, clarified butter, rice boiled in milk and mixed with sugar, flowers in general, and lotuses in particular, respectively, uttering all the while the Aghora and Rasankushi mantras. This being done, the disciple is to be called to attend.
This concludes ‘Preliminary ceremonies’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. The text includes treatments, recipes and remedies and is categorised as Rasa Shastra: an important branch of Ayurveda that specialises in medicinal/ herbal chemistry, alchemy and mineralogy, for the purpose of prolonging and preserving life.