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...

First process.

Makshika as well as bimala is first of all to be put inside the tuber of a shuranara, and then boiled with each of the following:—cow’s urine, aranala, oil, cow’s milk, banana plant juice, decoction kulattha, and decoction of kodrava.

It is then to be rubbed with kshara, amla, salt, oil, and ghee, and subjected to puta for three times. This is how it is purified.

Second process.

Bimala is purified, if boiled with the decoction of basaka.

Third process.

Bimala may be purified, if boiled well with banana plant juice.

Fourth process.

Bimala, as well as other metals, is purified, if boiled with the juice of a lime fruit or of meshashrihgi.

Fifth process.

Three kinds of bimala are purified, if rubbed with the juice of amla-betasa, dhanya-amla, and ewe’s urine, and boiled in a Dola Yantra for twelve hours with the juice of banana plant.

Sixth process.

Bimala is purified, if subjected to bhavana In intense heat of the sun with decoctions of karkata-shringi, mesha-shringi, and lime juice.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Purification of Bimala’ 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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