The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter CCXVII - Various Recipes for the cure of sterility, virile impotency, etc.

Hari said:—Take eight parts of Chitrakam, sixteen parts of Shurana, four parts of Shunthi, two parts of Maricham, three parts of Pippalimulam, four of Vidanga, eight parts of Mushalika, four parts of Triphala, and treacle, double the combined weight of these drugs, and prepare a confection (Modaka) in the usual way. This Modaka covers within the range of its therapeutic application such diseases as indigestion, Jaundice, Chlorosis, dysentery, splenic enlargement, and loss of appetite.

Take Vilvam, Agnimantha, Shyonaka, Patala, Paribhadrakam, Prasarini, Ashvagandha, the two kinds of Vrihati, Kantikari, Vala, Ativala, Rasna, Shvadanshtra, Punarnava, Eranda, Parni, Guduchi, and Kapikachchhuka, weighing ten tolas in weight, and make a decoction therewith in the usual way. Take it down from the oven with its quarter part left, and cook the same in a Patram full of oil (four seers), add to it cow milk or goat’s milk, four times as much as the former, add to it Shatavari and Saindhavam to the weight of oil. Now hear me enumerate the names of drugs, which are to be added to it in the form of pasted Kalka. viz. Shatapushpa Devadaru, Vala, Prishniparni, Vacha, Aguru, Kushtham, Mansi, Saindhavam, and Punarnava, each weighing a Palam weight.

Cook the oil in the usual officinial way. This oil should be employed as errhines or potions for relieving pleurodynia (Parshva Shulam) and cardiac colic. It includes within the range of its curative efficacy Scrofula, Hysteria, Vataraktam, and loss of manhood. By usuing (using?) this oil, even a she-mule is sure to conceive, O Hara, what wonder that a woman would be blessed with progeny through its use. It may be likewise employed with advantage in cases of lameness, arched back, and kindred nervous maladies of horses and elephants. Mustard oil cooked in combination with Hingu, Tumvura and Shunthi may be used as ear-drops in relieving otalgia. Ashes of dry Mulakam and Shunthi, Hingula and Nagaram and Shuktam cooked in combination with oil, four times as much, should be employed in curing deafness, otalgia and germination of vermins in the ears, as well as for the purpose of arresting fetid discharges from the ears.

A medicinal oil cooked with the admixture of ashes of dry Mulakam and Shunthi, Hingulam, Nagaram, Shatapushpa, Vacha, Kushtham, Daru, Shigru, Rasanjanam, Sauvarchalam, Yavakshara, Samudram and Saindhava salt, Granthikam, Vid, Mustam, Madhu, and Shuktam, four times as much, and the expressed juice of Matulunga and Kadali, should be employed, O Hara, for the purpose of removing diseases of the ears, such as deafness, noise in the ears, otalgia, fetid discharges from the ears. The effect of this oil is almost instantaneous, and O thou moon-crested deity, this is the foremost of all Ksharatailas (alkaline oils) in respect of its efficacy, and instantly cleanses the teeth and the mouth of all impurities.

Cook an oil in combination with Chandana, Kumkumam, Mansi, Karpura, Jatipatrika, Jatiphalam, Kakkolaphalam. Lavanga-phalam, Aguru, Ushira, Turya, Kushtham, Tagarapaduka, Gorochana, Priyangu, Vala, Nakhi, Saralam, Saptaparna, Laksha, Amaloki, and Padmakam. This oil is highly efficacious in removing bad odour of perspiration from the body and proves curative in itches and other skin diseases. By using this oil, a man becomes a favourite with the fair sex, and is enabled to visit a hundred women, each day. It is possessed of a great spermatopoetic virtue; by using this oil even a sterile woman is blessed with the pleasures of motherhood. Take a Prastha measure of melted cow-butter, cook it, in the usual way, with the admixture of eight Prasthas of water, Yamani, Chitrakam, Dhanyam, Tryushanam, Jirakam, Sauvarchalam, Pippalimulam, Vidanga, and Rajikam. This medicinal Ghritam acts as a good appetiser and may be employed with advantage in Piles, Anasarca and intestinal glands.

Take a Prastha measure of mustard oil and cook it in the usual officinial way in an earthen or iron vessel, over a slow fire, with the admixture of eight Prasthas of cow’s urine, Maricham, Trivrit, Kushtham, Haritalam, Manahshila, Devadaru, the two kinds of Haridra Kushtham, Mansi, Chandana, Vishala, Karabiram, milky juice of Arka plants and cow-dung-Serum, each weighing a Karsha, and half a Palam of Vrisham. Used as an external application, this oil cures Pama, Vicharchika, ring worms, malignant sores, and even leucoderma of mature growth or of long origin. Cook a medicinal Ghritam in combination with a decoction of Patola leaves, Kataka, Manjishtha, Shariva, Nisha, Jati, Shami, Nimva leaves, and Madhukam. External applications of this Ghritam alleviate pain and arrest secretions of ulcers.

By taking a compound of Agnimantha, Vacha, Vasa, and Pippali with honey and rock-salt, for seven days, a person is enabled to sing as sweetly as a Kinnara. By taking, for three days in succession, a compound of Apamarga, Guduchi, Kushtham, Shatavari, Vacha, Shankhapushpi, Abhaya, and Vidanga, taken in equal parts and pounded together with the admixture of melted cow-butter, one is enabled to learn eight hundred books by heart. Taken with water or clarified butter, Vacha enables a person to learn a thing at the first hearing.

One Palam weight of Vacha taken with milk under the auspicies of a solar or lunar eclipse, tends to make its user a profoundly intelligent person. Water boiled with Bhunimva, Nimva, Triphala, Parpata, Patola, Mustakam, and Vasaka immediately destroys Visphotas (carbuncles). Sticks (Vartis) made of Ketaku fruits, Shankha, Saindhava, Tryushanam, Vacha, Phena, Rasanjanam, Vidanga and Manahshila pasted together with honey prove curative in cough, loss of vision and the type of eye-disease known as Patola.

Cook two Prastha measures of a decoction of Masha pulse with a Drona Measure of water, and take it down with its quarter part left. Cook a Prastha Measure of oil with the admixture of this decoction in the’ usual way, add to it an adakam measure of Kanjikam and a compound of Punarnava, Gokshura, Saindhavam, Tryushanam, Vacha, salt, Devadaru, Manjishtha, and Kantakarika. Internally administered, or employed as errhines, this oil cures the most acute type of earache; used as an unguent, if removes deafness and proves beneficial in hosts of other bodily distempers.

Take two Palam weights of rock-salt five Palas of each of Shunthi and Chitrakam, five Prasthas of Sauviram, and one Prastha of oik Cook it in the usual officinial way. This oil proves curative in cases of splenic enlargement, leucorrhœa, and all diseases of the nervous-system. A medicinal oil cooked in combination with a decoction of Audumvara, Vata, Plaksha, the two kinds Jamvu, Arjuna, Pippali, Kadamva, Palasha, Lodhram, Tindukam, Madhukam, Amram, Sarja, Vadaram, Padmakesharam, Shirisha seeds, and Ketaka brings on graunlation (granulation) even in old or long-standing sores, and facilitates their speedy healing.

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