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...
The belly of a big fish is to be cut out very carefully, cleansed of the entrails, and made into a sort of a bag which is to be filled with purified haritala of a superior quality, the borders of the bag being sewed carefully by means of thread. The whole thing is then to be kept into an earthen vessel, covered in such a way as to let some air enter into it. The vessel is to be kept securely at the top of a big tree growing in a locality far away from human habitation, so that the stench coming out of the fish in a state of putrefaction may not prove a nuisance to any one. Innumerable insects grow upon the putrefied fish. The stronger among these insects devour the weaker ones until a few very big ones survive. These big ones are very beautiful and have the colour of gold. These are to be taken out and kept suspended, by means of a thread, inside a glass bottle, closed by a light cork, This bottle is to be sunk up to its neck into rice, boiled with milk and still very hot, until the insects melt and collect into a gold-coloured liquid. This liquid may be used in all sorts of diseases, and serves as a very important factor in the secret process of transformation of base metals into gold.
This concludes ‘Liquefaction of haritala’ 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.