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 6 - Removal of odour from sulphur

First process.

Powdered sulphur is to be boiled with milk until it is condensed. It is then to be boiled with the juice of suryavarta, and then again with the decoction of triphala. Thus treated, gandhaka is deprived of its odour.

Second process.

Gandhaka is to be subjected to bhavana for three times with a solution of one fourth its quantity of tankana, dissolved with water, and the juice of any one or more of the following:—devadali, amlaparni, shunthi, darima, and matulunga. The gandhaka is again to be subjected to bhavana for three times in an iron pot with a liquid prepared by rubbing together the under-mentioned articles with the juice of matulunga, and then dissolving the paste-like thing with castor oil:—dhattura, black tulashi, rasona, devadali, root of shigru, kakamachi, karpura, two kinds of shankhini (shankhapuspi and shankhodari?), black aguru, kasturi, bandhya karkoti,—all of equal quantity.

This will render the sulphur devoid of odour, and as soft as honey.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Removal of odour from sulphur’ 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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