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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Then the plant must be such as to require the extraction of the juice by pounding its stems. But it cannot be reduced to either the study of materials pure and simple or of the psyche divorced from pneuma. Such cases ou rare happen even today.

Indian Alchemy or Rasayana : S. Mahdihassan :

Readily available, and useful as an undergraduate introduction to the field. It is otherwise naturally preserved in 1 e mummy. Trying to close is paragraph we note that even Silajit is herbal in origm and is therefore a herbo-mineral, though a ura product. Had there been any mushroom as a drug of longe- vity-cum-immortality it would have certainly been mentioned in ancient Hindu literature.

Noticing other lacunae m th, histories of alchemy Hopkins 5; p.

The beads were worn as charms which would be expected to offer longevity, if nothing more. I n an earlier communication I 37 have explained how such a herbo-aurous preparation can be made by a most primitive method.


The historian seems to be mainly concerned with events and his anxiety is limited to their documentation. Gold is granulated and rubbed in a granite mortar and pestle with herbal extracts, pre- ferably of Amala and myrobalans, which Charaka re- commends.

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. They cannot be chewed or eaten but have to be pounded between stones and water used to facilitate complete extraction of the juice. Literally taken the term Golden-Man degenerates into a Figure-of-gold on which the legend is based.

The seed was blinding in its brilliance fell into the mouth of Fire. The two explanations are identical. Therefore the Rasarvana is considered a tantric text because the entire text is written in a dialogue format like other tantras. The present work is, therefore, a valuable addition to indiian literature of alchemy and provides another perspective from which Indian alchemy and through it Chinese and even Islamic alchemy can be studied.

A self-growing entity becomes reproductive when it is made up of two opposites.

Title: Indian Alchemy

But herbo-metallic preparation has a soul which donates growth like a plant and makes the body strong like a metal. As Moon-god he bears a crescent and Moon-god rules over the herbal kingdom. In a Sanskrit text quoted p. Lastly Ghee or boiled butter is used as the preserving vehicle along with honey which again has reducing properties. Mainly spiritual or moral objectives… or pragmatic aims healings, predictions.

All gods in Greek and Hindu religions are models of young people. This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat Nevertheless, the use and practice of Rasayan was widespread in Ancient India, and some examples of applied rasayan include paints used in the caves of Ajanta and ElloraMaharashtra statethe steel of Vishnustambha literal meaning: But the dates covering the period of greatest trade activity between the West and India are from the time of Augustus 29 B.

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Charaka’s incidental mention of a gold preparation.

Indian Alchemy or Rasayana : In the Light of Asceticism and Geriatrics

It is like magnetism arising with a magnet or a piece of iron with two poles, without which there is no magnetism. He was excommunicated to live like an outcast in a forest. Social history of the times clearly makes the ascetic first a seeker of rejuvenation and next ‘and incidentally the seeker rqsayana cures for diseases.

We have here to realize the style in which the ancient thinkers used to express themselves.

Indian Alchemy Or Rasayana By S. Mahdihassan

It has been explained above that the latter was the primary concern of the ascetic who only incidentally came to discover re- medies for other diseases to which he himself must have been subjected.

Studies on the mechanisms of action of the plants revealed that they all produced immunostimulation. The resultant becomes a metal carrying a herbal soul.

Base metals were under-developed rickety systems.