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 7 - Incineration of Diamonds, irrespective of colour

Feminine diamonds are to be incinerated in the same way as described above. Neuter diamonds are to be incinerated with all the herbs combined, required for the incineration of masculine diamonds of four different colours, as described above.

First process.

Diamond is to be heated and immersed into the urine of ass. Orpiment is to be rubbed with bug’s blood and made into a lump, inside which the diamond is to be kept, It is then to be heated strongly and immersed into the urine of horse. Performance of this process for 21 times results in the incineration of the diamond.

Second process.

Horn of ram is to be rubbed with the juice of asthi-sanhara and made into a lump. Diamond is to be kept inside this lump and subjected to heat by puta. Three such putas result in its incineration. A lump made of asthi-sanhara creeper may be made use of in the place of a lump made of ram’s horn.

Third process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is heated by puta, after having been kept inside a paste made of the roots of cotton plant of two years* standing and the roots of kanya, all rubbed with a sufficient quantity of human milk.

Fourth process.

Ram’s horn, snake’s bone, tortoise shell, amla-vetasa, and elephant’s tusk—all these are to be pounded and made into a lump by being rubbed with the milk of snuhi. Diamond is incinerated, if it is kept confined within this lump and heated strongly.

Fifth process.

Tambula creeper (betel) of three years’ standing, as well as roots of a cotton plant are to be rubbed together and made into a paste. Diamond is incinerated, if it is confined within this paste and heated by Gaja puta for seven times, a fresh paste being used each time.

Sixth process.

Diamond is to be subjected to bhavana with the blood of bugs for seven times, and dried each time in the sun. Manas-shila is also to be similarly treated. Both these things are to be put together, covered by means of plum leaves, and then heated by puta. Performance of this process for seven times results in the incineration of the diamond.

Seventh process.

Diamond, kept in shells of oyster growing in a big river, is to be subjected to bhavana, quickly and over and over again, with the juices of snuhi, arka, dhatura, and kanya, a separate day being allotted to each of these juices. The diamond is then to be surrounded on all sides with the flesh of black crab. The oyster shells are then to be closed and covered by means of mud, raised by earth-worms. The whole thing is then to be heated strongly resulting in the incineration of the diamond.

Eighth process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is heated after having been kept inside a paste, made of the roots of red water-lily and buds of meghanada.

Ninth process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is heated 21 times and immersed each time into frog’s urine, kept in a bell-metal pot.

Tenth process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is subjected to a necessary amount of heat after having been rubbed with the tuber of a blue jyotismati creeper and dried in the sun.

Eleventh process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is smeared with the blood of bugs, dried in the sun, and then heated and immersed into the juice of kasa-marda kept in an iron pot, the whole process being repeated for seven times. This process was described by the great sage Brahma-Jyoti.

Twelfth process.

Diamond is reduced to ashes of an excellent quality, if it is heated by puta for twenty times, after having been smeared each time with a paste, made of earthworms, rubbed with the juice of the fruits of madana tree.

Thirteenth process.

Diamond is to be subjected to bhavana with bug’s blood for four times. It is then to be covered on all sides with the flesh of rats, cut into pieces, and heated by Baraha-puta for thirty times. It is then to be heated for 100 times and immersed each time in decoction of kulattha. The diamond is then to be heated by puta for eight times after having been confined in a crucible, the inner surface of which is to be coated with a paste made of decoction of kulattha, juice of lakucha, and manas-shila. The diamond is then to be heated for 100 times, and immersed each time in purified mercury, with the result that the diamond is reduced to ashes which can float on the surface of water.

This process was described by the chemist, Chandra Sena, founder of the Chandra dynasty.

Fourteenth process.

Diamond is incinerated, if it is heated for 21 times, and immersed each time into the decoction of kulattha, mixed with hingu and saindhava.

Fifteenth process (general method of Incineration of all the Gems).

Diamond and other gems are incinerated, if heated by puta, after having been confined in a crucible the inner surface of which is coated with a paste made of mercury, hingula, manas-shila, haritala, svarna-makshika, sulphur, tankana, earthworms, bimala, vanga, ram’s horn, load stone, semen, and blood—all these mixed together and subjected to bhavana with the juices of some of the herbs generally used in incineration of gems.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Incineration of Diamonds, irrespective of colour’ 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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