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 3 - Extraction of essence from tuttha

First process.

Tuttha dischargs its essence, if it is smelted with an equal quantity of borax.

Second process.

Tuttha discharges its essence, if heated in a blind crucible, after having been rubbed with one tenth its weight of the following and made into a ball;—guggulu, tankana, lac, svarji, sarja rasa (rala), saindhava, urna (fur), gunja, small fish, bone of hare, oil cakes mixed with gunja, honey, clarified butter, and goat’s milk. This essence is no other than pure copper.

Third process

(Extraction of essence from tuttha without the application of heat).

Essence is extracted from tuttha without any application of heat, if powdered tuttha is kept

How to extract copper from feathers of peacock.

Peacock’s feather is to be burnt with ghee and honey. The ashes, thus prepared, are to be mixed with oil cakes, guggulu, small fishes, tankana, svarji, honey, gunja, lac growing on asvattha tree, and ghee. All these are to be mixed together and made into a lump which is to be heated in a blind crucible, resulting in the extraction of a kind of copper, called

The finger ring which cures colic and neutralises poison.

Essence of tuttha, nagatamra, and gold are to be taken in equal quantities and made into a ring, the touch of which removes colic pain instantaneously. It also overcomes all sorts of poison and evil influences caused on human beings by the evil eyes of ghosts and witches. According to Bhaluki, the great chemist, water drunk seven times, each time touched with this ring and sanctified with the chanting of the mantra given in the text, cures colic pain instantaneously. The oil which is heated over fire, with this ring kept immersed in it, cures any sort of pain, by merely being rubbed on the part of the body affected. It also effects a speedy and painless child birth in a woman. It also cures eye diseases in a very short time.[1]

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See page 114 for a different prescription.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Extraction of essence from tuttha’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: 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.

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