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 1 - Characteristics of Bhisma-Mani (a kind of anti-poisonous quartz)

The man who wears a pure bhisma-mani, obtained from the Himalayas, acquires all sorts of objects of desire. The wearer of this gem becomes free from the effects of all sorts of poison, such ferocious animals as lion, snake, etc. can do him no mischief. He has nothing to fear from water, fire, robbers, and enemies.

Bhisma-mani, unfit for use.

Bhisma-manis of the following description are to be avoided:—(1) Those which have the colour of moss; (2) those which have the colour of the balahaka bird (a kind of crane); (3) rough, (4) yellowish, (5) devoid of lustre, (6) black-lustred, and (7) discoloured.

Properties of sapphire.

(note: This should hare been inserted in page 230, after “maha-nila” or great sapphire.)

A sapphire, duly incinerated, is a curer of asthma and cough. It is nutritious, pacifier of the three doshas, increaser of power of digestion, and destroyer of visama-jvara (malaria, black fever, etc.) piles, and vicious tendencies of the mind.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Characteristics of Bhisma-Mani (a kind of anti-poisonous quartz)’ 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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