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...
Mercurial operations prove successful by the grace of God, if carried on by those who are persevering in every way; who are instructed by preceptors; who are patronised by kings; who avoid the following of too many pursuits; who regard mercury as the greatest of all earthly objects; who are rich; who are encouraged by the public; who are efficient in the knowledge of doses, apparata, and proper heating of the metals; and who are acquainted with all sorts of medicines.
The knowledge of Metallurgy is to be kept secret from those who are not disciples. It becomes powerful, if cultivated in secret; other wise, it loses much of its strength. The preparation and composition of a medicine should not be taught to a patient or to the public in general. A medicine which is very familiar to a patient and to the public becomes ineffective.
This concludes ‘Success in operations’ 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.