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...
The process by which mercury is kept inside an earthen vessel and heated with some metals, stones, and vegetables for three days is called “dipana” or stimulation of mercury. This process makes mercury fit for swallowing metals, etc..
(a) First process.
Kasisa, five different kinds of salts, rajika, maricha, sigru seeds, tangana, kanji, and mercury are to be rubbed together and put into a Dola-yantra, and heated for three days; or mercury may be mixed with the juice of chitraka, and boiled with kanji for three days.
(b) Second process.
Mercury is to be rubbed together with the three ksharas (alkalis), saindhava, earth worm, chitraka root, sigru, rajika, sarsapa, amlabetasa, saindhava, maricha, and aranala and to be dried by being placed on Nepal copper plates. This is then to be boiled with kanji or with sour asava,
This concludes ‘Mercurial operations (8): Stimulation of Mercury (dipana)’ 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.