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THE WEALTH OF INDIAN ALCHEMY & ITS MEDICINAL USES Being an English Tra (2 vols) (Used)
by Mukherji, B
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 2447, 2447
two volumes, cloth in jackets, 690pp, detailed table of contents and index. A much improved new edition, both textually and physically (the previous edition was poorly printed, this is quite nice). The Rasa Sastra is the "mercurial science" of India. It forms a still living tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, the oldest of all medical traditions. It is separate from religious or magical alchemy which seeks to transform man into superman both physically and spiritually. Ayurvedic science aims strictly for physical perfection and holds few of the lofty goals of magical alchemy. See David Gordon White's The Alchemical Body p.52 for more details on this difference. Mukherji's work is an excellent compliment to White's as White is concerned with the historical, scholarly aspects while Mukherji's book is a practical one, and of great detail. Therefore The Wealth of Indian Alchemy will be of special value for herbalists, laboratory alchemists and those interested in archaic (but still living) plant and mineral traditions and ayurveda. Hermetic science was born in India. The later developments in Egypt and Greece and China all owe their seed to India, and there was undoubtedly much more contact in the ancient world than is now generally recognized. (For example a fascinating ancient culture contact was when Ancient China, around the 6th century BC learned via traveling Indian priests of the legends of the mysterious Soma plant, and Taoist scholars and emperors spent the next two hundred years searching for this legendary plant, a search that spawned the beginnings of Taoist alchemy, and introduced ayurveda to China spawing most of traditional Chinese medicine with the exception of acupuncture).
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