Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 47,185 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This third volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with purification techniques of the Seven Metals (sapta-dhatu) and various Gems (ratna). It also deals with substances such as Alkalis (kshara), Salts (lavana), Poisions (visha) and Semi-poisions (upavisha) as well as various alcholic liquors. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, che...

Part 4 - Liquefaction of gold

First process.

Gold remains in liquid state, for a very long time, if mixed with bone and fat of frog, borax, karabi (saliva of horse, according to another version), and an insect called indragopa.

Second process.

The insect called Indragopa, duly powdered and subjected to bhavana with the juice of devadali fruit turns gold into water-like liquid, very nice to look at.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Liquefaction of gold’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances. 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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