Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa)

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 28,803 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This second volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with the purification, incineration and medicinal uses of various minerals (uparasa), as well as preventing faults due to misuse. It is continued in the third volume which deals with the various metals. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sansk...

Part 2 - Purification of Makshika

Makshika is to be boiled with human urine, and then to be confined within the tuber of a shurana, and again boiled for one day in a Dola-yantra with the juice of kodrava, juice of amla-betasa, the amla-varga, tankana, and trikatu, It is then to be boiled for one day with the juice of banana plant, and then subjected to puta, after having been rubbed with ghee and castor oil.

Second process.

Three parts of makshika and one part of rock salt are to be boiled in an iron pot with the juice of matulunga or jambira (lime fruit), and turned all the while with an iron ladle, until the makshika gets red hot and assumes the colour of copper.

Third process.

The root of shigru is first of all to be rubbed with the juice of agasti flower, and then with the juice of pashana-bhedi. The whole thing is then to be rubbed with makshika and made into a ball, which (duly dried) is to be subjected to heat in a blind crucible by means of 20 pieces of cowdung cakes. It is then to be rubbed as before, and heated in the same way. The process is thus to be performed for six times, leading to the purification of makshika.

Fourth process,

Makshika, reduced to powder, is to be put inside a ball made of meghanada and pashana-bhedi, rubbed together with water. The ball is then wrapped up in a piece of cloth and boiled, for one day, by means of a Doja-yantra, filled with a decoction of kulattha grams. Thus purified, the makshika becomes fit for. being incinerated.

Fifth process,

Makshika, finely powdered, is to be wrapped up in a piece of cloth, and boiled by means of a Dola-yantra, filled with the juices of tanduliyaka and shalincha. The substance deposited at the bottom of the Dola-yantra is to be considered purified,

Sixth process.

Makshika, duly wrapped up in a piece of thick cloth, is to be boiled for three days, in a Dola-yantra to be filled with kanjika, lime juice mixed with cow’s urine, and juice of jayanti leaves, respectively,

Seventh process,

Makshika is to be rubbed for three hours with castor oil, and then heated in a basin by a fire made of thirty pieces of cowdung balls found dried in a pasturage,

Eighth, ninth and tenth processes.

Makshika is purified, if boiled with castor oil mixed with the juice of matulunga fruit; or if boiled for two hours with banana plant juice; or if heated and soaked with decoction of triphala.

Eleventh process.

See first process of purification of bimala.

Twelfth process.

Makshika is purified, if it is boiled, first of all, with the juice of nimbu (lime fruit), and then put inside a paste made of the root of shobhanjana, rubbed with the juice of basaka flower, and subjected to puta.

Thirteenth process.

Makshika is purified if it is heated and immersed in each of the following:—oil, takra, decoction of kulattha and that of triphala.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Purification of Makshika’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa). 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.

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