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.

All the anjanas are purified, if subjected to bhavana with the juice of bhringaraja. Rasanjana alone is also purified, if subjected to bhavana with the juice of suryavarta, etc.[1]

Second process.

Rasanjana is dissolved with a very hot water, filtered through a piece of cloth, and dried in the sun. Thus purified, it cures diseases, otherwise not.

Third process.

All the anjanas are purified, if they are powdered, subjected to bhavana with lime juice, and dried for one day in the sun. The following are also purified in the same way:—gairika, kasisa, tankana, varatika (cowri shells), shankha, tubari, and kankustha.

Extraction of essence from anjanas.

Essence of anjanas is to be extracted in the same way as that of manas-shila. The essence of srotonjana may also be obtained in the same way as of rajavarta.

Footnotes and references:


See purification of kankustha on page 209.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Purification of anjana’ 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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