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Rasavidyā literally means ‘science of chemicals,’ ‘alchemy’.
 
Rasavidyā literally means ‘science of chemicals,’ ‘alchemy’.
  
Certain desires like making the physical body not only strong and healthy but also live eternally, seem to be inherent in the human psyche. So also is the desire to convert base metals into gold. Some sections of the scientists and doctors of ancient and medieval country seem to have believed that mercury, sulphur and mica possessed certain extraordinary qualities which were to be rediscovered. This gradually developed into a new branch of science called Rasavidyā. Gorakhnāth,<ref>He lived in 11th century A. D.</ref> Nāgārjuna<ref>He lived in 6th century A. D.</ref> and a few others were considered to be experts in this field of science.
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Certain desires like making the physical body not only strong and healthy but also live eternally, seem to be inherent in the human psyche. So also is the desire to convert base metals into gold. Some sections of the scientists and doctors of ancient and medieval country seem to have believed that mercury, sulphur and mica possessed certain extraordinary qualities which were to be rediscovered. This gradually developed into a new branch of science called Rasavidyā. [[Gorakhnāth]],<ref>He lived in 11th century A. D.</ref> [[Nāgārjuna]]<ref>He lived in 6th century A. D.</ref> and a few others were considered to be experts in this field of science.
  
A branch of philosophy, known as Raseśvara Darśana has been built around this doctrine. It propagates the theory that rasa<ref>Rasa means mercury.</ref> and abhraka<ref>Abhraka means mica.</ref> produced from the divine bodies of Śiva and Pārvatī, when mixed properly, can destroy death and poverty.
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A branch of philosophy, known as Raseśvara [[Darśana]] has been built around this doctrine. It propagates the theory that [[rasa]]<ref>[[Rasa]] means mercury.</ref> and abhraka<ref>Abhraka means mica.</ref> produced from the divine bodies of [[Śiva]] and Pārvatī, when mixed properly, can destroy death and poverty.
  
Govinda Bhagavatpāda<ref>He was the guru of Śaṅkara</ref> has been cited as one of its ancient teachers. This Raseśvara Darśana is a minor school under Śaivism.
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Govinda Bhagavatpāda<ref>He was the guru of [[Śaṅkara]]</ref> has been cited as one of its ancient teachers. This Raseśvara [[Darśana]] is a minor school under [[Śaivism]].
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 02:56, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Rasavidya, RasavidyA, Rasavidyaa


Rasavidyā literally means ‘science of chemicals,’ ‘alchemy’.

Certain desires like making the physical body not only strong and healthy but also live eternally, seem to be inherent in the human psyche. So also is the desire to convert base metals into gold. Some sections of the scientists and doctors of ancient and medieval country seem to have believed that mercury, sulphur and mica possessed certain extraordinary qualities which were to be rediscovered. This gradually developed into a new branch of science called Rasavidyā. Gorakhnāth,[1] Nāgārjuna[2] and a few others were considered to be experts in this field of science.

A branch of philosophy, known as Raseśvara Darśana has been built around this doctrine. It propagates the theory that rasa[3] and abhraka[4] produced from the divine bodies of Śiva and Pārvatī, when mixed properly, can destroy death and poverty.

Govinda Bhagavatpāda[5] has been cited as one of its ancient teachers. This Raseśvara Darśana is a minor school under Śaivism.


References

  1. He lived in 11th century A. D.
  2. He lived in 6th century A. D.
  3. Rasa means mercury.
  4. Abhraka means mica.
  5. He was the guru of Śaṅkara
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore