Rasāyana, रसायन is a Sanskrit word, with the literal meaning: Path (āyana) of essence (rasa). It is a term that in early ayurvedic medicine means the science of lengthening lifespan, and in later (post 8th-century) works sometimes refers to Indian alchemy. The name of the science of Indian alchemy or proto-chemistry, is more. In Indian Alchemy Dr. Mahadihassan attempts to elucidate the point that Alchemy is a science through which the higher states of being reveal themselves with. INDIAN ALCHEMY OR RASAYANA- IN THE LIGHT OF ASCETICISM AND GERIATRICS Subsequent Edition by Mahdihassan S from Only Genuine.

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Ray 29; 80 can refer as follws: It means that environment makes species just as times make men.

In pursuit of these matters, herbal prescriptions with many herbal substances, preserved in ghee and honey are given. Holding such views I certain ly do not endorse the popular view of the origin of indiaj pronounced by authors like A.

Indian Alchemy Or Rasayana By S. Mahdihassan

Before Animism had projected the human constitution to everything else. Because of negative publicity and cost factor, the use of the classical rasayana formulas has declined considerably, and most of the preparations available now have herbal ingredients with a couple of mineral and animal products.

It can easily make the same individual invisible at will. Then generation or reproduction as a property of life was conceived as simply bringing opposites into proper juxtaposition; it was like bringing together a couple, young and beauti- ful, when they are bound to face as bride and bridegroom.

Inert materials carried life, as does an egg. A third story p. Calcined metals as alchemical preparations. When translated as practical questions we would be required to know: It produced a Resurrection Body.


The gods came to plead with Siva that he create Skanda to fight the demon Taraka, who was trying to take over the universe. This phenomenon, though belong- ing to the inorganic world, can serve as a model to elucidate the difference between the alcheny systems 1 of the old and the young. Considering the dearth of material on Indian alchemy, it is with pleasure that one welcomes the appearance of the present og by Dr.

Rasāyana (Alchemy) – Hinduism – Oxford Bibliographies

Relative centralization of authority… decentralization individual inquiry. The classic Indian alchemical texts were written in the period from the 10th to the 13th century.

In traditional Indian medicinal terminology “rusa” translates as “mercury” and Nagarjunacharya was said to have developed a method to convert the mercury into gold. The whole, aqueous, standardized extracts of indizn plants Tinospora cordifolia, Asparagus racemosus, Emblica officinalis, Withmania somnifera, Piper longum and Terminalia chebula were administered orally to experimental animals, in a dose extrapolated from the human dose, following which they were rasyaana to a variety of biological, physical and chemical stressors.

Thus Ephedra, as a drug of immortality, is depicted as being offered to him. The system of tantric alchemy would fall closer to the emphasis of tradition of authority so I would give it a 2. Peggs 10 cites typi- cal instances of inclemency meted out to the infirm old parents not necessarily sick.

Thus Shiva is holding a lotus flower and a row of kndian seeds.

In contrast to the historian a scientist is concerned with some phenomenon, be it a social one. To be able to search for food-stuffs as forest produce the ascetic immediately needed ro energizer. Next came herbs growing in deep waters con- ferring rejuvenation and ever-lasting youth.

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Then a Resurrection Body, in turn, is an immortalizing agent. Here the Upanishadic account is even better; it takes creation to a two-seeded fruit. One may say that Elixir ermeating a base metal transformed it into something living and since the substance was a metal it became a living 5 metal, and further ever-lasting, which means the resultant became Ferment-gold, ever-lasting and eternally growing.


The first step the practitioner takes involves the repetition of the mantra called the mercurial goad one hundred thousand times at the doorkeeper at the beginning of worship. The scene depicts as if Cannabis indica extract and no Soma-juice was the drug.

Pressure differing species became different.

Kashmir had received alchemy from China to have legends, as above current in 8th Cent. Woulfe has correctly interpreted Momiyai as a blood preparation. The Aryan ascetic discovered the energizer as the plant Ephedra naming its juice Soma. The all-changing agent here is Blood as soul. But Animism could not explain or of things, not even human birth properly.

The birth slchemy Indian alchemy, as an idea at least, may be traced back to these early medieval sources. Other lacunae inian the accounts of alchemy. There is in every man woman a spirit. Comparative etymology suggests its comparison with the name Narayana.

Probably along with the use of cinnabar herbs were also used, the two went to produce an enhanced effect. And this requires evacuating the unstable soul and replacing it by an ever-growing one which alone is ever-lasting. The entire idea started with preserving the body itself and only losing its infirmities. But when a plant grows the cells of its tissues multiply.

Shiva was primarily an ascetic. The subject made a strong appeal to me in so far as a chemist should know the early history of his science which is alchemy.

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