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 is this emphasis on the whole which permits the consti- tuents to be further interrelated among themselves. When the acceptor receives such a substance his body regains robust health and his life-essence grows like a plant which is perennial conferring immortality. The role of a herb in gold-making has now to be confirmed as actually believed.
In Vedic times we have Soma as the drug of rejuvenation-cum-immortality. No other people interned cinnabar with the dead nor took it orally as a drug. A stone also dies and becomes dust.
If the quantum of energy is limited, or relatively the enveloping matter excessive, growth becomes slow. Bhushan explains Shiva was originally a cultivator-cum-protec- tor offering food and clothing.
Another emblem of Shiva is the bull which symbolizes fecundity or virility, a necessary attribute of the rejuvenated.
Unable to distinguish cinnabar from minium and refining them together they later got also mercury, at once striking by its heaviness and shining appearance.
J Cing su hstances. Using such a prerogative tasayana interpret Ayur- veda or medicine proper as the descendant of its proge- nitor, the Bhaishajyani prayers in Atharva-Veda; and Rasayana, the art of rejuvenation or geriatrics, as that of the Ayushyani prayers. Here the aims would be identical with those of the ascetic who founded Rasayana in India and alchemy in China.
We have here to realize the style in which the ancient thinkers used to express themselves. As an energizer there is a hymn addressed to it in Atharva-Veda reprodu- ced by P. What then is its origin. Rig Veda recog- nizes it. He attempts to con- firm first, the reality of the phenomenon indjan then to discover the mechanism of action leading to that pheno- menon.
He had also made a god out of the cow So that a plant, which to the ascetic was the prop of his life, was more deserving of being deified.
The conception of a ferment, dual-natured but as one and that of a hermaphrodite, indissoluble and as one, show how Dualism developed into Monism. Then his right hand in. However this conception must be a late one, certainly post-Vedic.
This came to be the case in India later than A. For it to change and enliven a metal into Ferment-gold is a trivial achieve- ment. Like Shiva, Hermes, as Moon-god, rules over herbalism and thus also over alchemy, which branched off from herbalism.
Thus the Moon-god came to have terrestrial serpent as his emblem. In a number of alchemical works, legendary figures called Rasa-Siddhas were evoked as the founders of alchemical lineages and rasaynaa.
It is ever-lasting like go d in the form of dried body. That part of the book which is written last and yet read before the book itself is the Foreword.
What then is the evolution of Shiva in the light allchemy the history 0 f the pseudo-art of rejuvenation? Alchemy is of course related to a science of the soul and is also inextricably bound in certain of its aspects to the early history of chemistry and metallurgy. Correspondingly Rasa- yana, the drug of rejuvenation, became Shiva as the deification of the art of rejuvenation. But in gold, the Soul-corporeal is at its maximum which makes it fire-proof.
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And there is n de y structjon 0 f what is rejuvenation unless there destroyer first and obviously mortal. When water created life, water can best preserve life. Then both, mummy an gold, are corporeal vehicles of soul, each in itself c ver-lasting. When we have answers to these inquiries we would automatically learn, 5. Thus Shiva personifies immor- tality and as such has a due place in the Hindu Trinity.
Lastly, the practitioner sprinkles the site with water while employing the mantra Candakapalini. The change look place in the material nature of the flesh. Ir prototype for the Indian history of chemistry approach is Ray —