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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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It has often been debated if Elixir was a powder or a liquid. Potions of freshly extracted juice were consumed and, although I missed such a record, I am convinced that it was taken daily. To such a powerful mercurial Rasayana was given the highly complimentary designation, Makara Dhwaja.

It means that ihdian makes species just indizn times make men. It confers form, and individuality, properties pertaining to matter or body as the vehicle of Spirit, the life-essence.

Mahdihassan whose research on Chinese and Islamic alchemy is already known to students of the field. Rasayanw self-growing entity becomes reproductive when it is made up of two opposites. He therefore needed strength enough to collect his daily ration. This source was very useful for verifying dates found in source four which seemed to be very confusing.

Collection of short, idiosyncratic essays by a chemist on the historical and scientific parameters of Indian alchemy, the relationship between Indian and Chinese alchemy, and alchemical mythology and symbolism. It was perfect in so far as alhemy, the vehicle, is fire-proof. Their alchemy advanced much further transcending herbalism as did also that of the Arabs both of which became mainly mineral or chemical.


While we are looking at medicine as a discovery and an invention we are focussing attention on the social history represent- ing the times that started medicine. Using such a prerogative we interpret Ayur- veda or medicine proper as the descendant of its proge- nitor, the Bhaishajyani prayers in Atharva-Veda; and Rasayana, the alchemu of rejuvenation or geriatrics, as that of the Ayushyani prayers.

The idea of Soul starts with Animism. The scene has been illustrated and I have reproduced the picture in an earlier article However, there is also ample mention of the preparation of medical tinctures in the early science of Indian alchemy. Indian alchemy or Rasayana: According to him Chumeia is a concrete noun in the sense of medium containing juice”.

Alcbemy ascetic there was aware that a alchemmy with its blood-red juice has the property of transforming a substance into gold when calcined with it.

Purifying minerals with herbal juices must have also been popular in China. But ijdian the thiee revived and became drug-made- immortals. There further appeared a shepherd whom he induced to cooperate in setting up a fire with the object of worshipping it and the fire was lit up with that herb.

Here comes the special interpretation of the phenomenon by the alchemist. Two properties suffice to look upon Ephedra as an energizer.

We would now say the material which results from a reduction is itself capable of acting as a reducing agent. Alexandria w as founded about B. The change look place in the material nature of the flesh. In some civilizations the one aspect has been emphasized, and in others the other.

Second is its addiction and Panse and Klages 19 have shown Ephedrine to be a habit-former. 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. Their authorities are passed down orally ot the guru along with some reference to alchemical texts therefore authority relies heavily on one person.


Now the serpent moults annually and was conceived on that ground to rasayxna its youth. Jump to Other Articles: This suggests that the details of initiation diksa maybe were too secret to be recorded very clearly in writing and mostly likely were explained by a teacher orally. All were living and had the potentialities to grow, just like some seeds germinating later than others.

Lotus is the only plant which does not eject its seeds as such to germinate elsewhere. It could also be confirmed by Indonesian art-symbolism. aalchemy

Rasāyana (Alchemy) – Hinduism – Oxford Bibliographies

Let us consider an old house being replaced by new architecture. Today we admit matter can change into energy and vice versa. Translated by Edward C. The goal of alchemists is to purify the mercury and then ingests it as means to be transformed into an immortal superman or a second Siva. raswyana

Later a herb and mineral gave a purified mineral or induan a herbo-mineral preparation. Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions.

Indian Alchemy Or Rasayana By S. Mahdihassan

Soul is a word and we do not fully appreciate on that account it! Pressure differing species became different. When this is taken as drug by man, growth will restart repair and renovation and he would acquire robust health; the life-essence ever-increasing would make the drug-made-youth an immortal-youth. There are, however, others which would be mentioned later on. White and White are more analytical, linking Indian alchemy to the broader contexts of Indic religion, culture, and science.