Rasaratna Samuchchaya

author: A. D Satpute
edition: 2010, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Pratishthan
pages: 331
language: English
ISBN-10: 8170843413
ISBN-13: 9788170843412
Topic: Rasashastra

Summary: This is the English translation of the Rasaratna Samuchchaya a 13th century alchemical work written in Sanskrit dealing with complex metallurgical processes and laboratory equipment.

Original title in Sanskrit is Rasaratnasamuccaya (रसरत्नसमुच्चय).

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Introduction:

It is with great pleasure; I am presenting this English version of Rasaratnasamuchchaya, a unique 13th century classic, which is a treasure house of minerals and metals, and their therapeutical usage.
To my knowledge, this is the first and the only translation available in English, of this text. Hence I am sure; this would certainly fulfil the demand of such a translation. Though, there are few Hindi versions available, they are being referred with considerable difficulty, especially in southern parts of India. The present translation helps in removing such a difficulty.
Rasaratna Samuchchaya, as said above is a unique text dealing with minerals and metals. Hence this would be of greater interest for the Indologists, historians, metallurgists and geologists, all over India and abroad.
I would like to thank my students and colleagues, who have helped me in this venture throughout the course of its inception to completion. I also thank the proprietors of Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan for presentation and timely publication.
I am sure, this English version of Rasaratnasamuchchaya, which is in your hands, would shed a new light on the study of minerals and metals in Ayurveda.

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the Rasaratna Samuchchaya in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.

Chapter 1: Parada (Mercury) [link]
Chapter 2: Maharasa [link]
Chapter 3: Uparasa & Sadharana Rasa [link]
Chapter 4: Ratnas (Gemstones) [link]
Chapter 5: Lohas (Metal) [link]
Chapter 6: Shishyopanayana [link]
Chapter 7: Rasashala (Pharmacy) [link]
Chapter 8: Paribhasha (Technical Terminology) [link]
Chapter 9: Yantra (Instruments) [link]
Chapter 10: Musha (Crucible) [link]
Chapter 11: Manaparibhasha (Measurements) [link]
Glossary of Technical Terms [link]
Glossary of Mineral Drugs [link]
Glossary of Medicinal Plants [link]
Glossary of Diseases [link]

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