PLANETERY HERBS OF AYURVEDA
PLANETERY HERBS OF AYURVEDA A Kavacha or "talisman" is not only the gem, which represents the earth element. A real Astral Talisman is composed of all 5 elements, i.e., gem for earth, herb for water, metal for fire, symbol for air, and cosmic number for space. This process of "Pancha-amrita" astral talisman making is the most bona fide. Even the Western alchemists are known to use herbs as the "water" ingredient in an Astral Talismans. These herbs have been ritually turned into "bhasma" or sanctified ashes. Therefore, one may understand that the gem alone is not the complete kavacha or talisman, the gems are only for one of five elements, viz., earth The philosopher Agrippa has nicely described in Three Books of Occult Philosophy the basic preparation of astrological rings as follows: "When any star ascends fortunately we must take a stone and HERB that is under that star, and make a ring of the metal that is suitable to this star, and in it fasten the stone, putting the herb or root under it, not omitting the inscriptions of images, names and characters, as also the proper suffumigations." In 1974 Dr. Mana Vajracharya, Chairman of the Nepal Ayurveda Association, informed us which are the ancient bona fide "bhasma" herbs for each planet. He prepared nine different herbal bhasmas which should be sealed into tubes that are part of a jewelry talisman. It took one week for the Dr. to prepare the 9 herbs and transform them into ashes or Bhasma. At that time he also provided rare samples of the actual herbs. We witnessed part of the process which involves indirect fire to heat the herb until is stops smoking and has transformed entirely into ash. Planetary mantras are recited during this heating process.
All nine herbs are available in Nepal (Himalaya) and some are quite rare even in India where they sometimes substitute because of lack of the actual herb). ---Respectfully submitted by the Richard Shaw Brown. Herb of the Sun Influence of Milk Weed or Arka-bhasma If Sun is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward nobility, dignity, power, leadership and confidence. One will be well-read, pious, strong, compassionate and untroubled. If Sun is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward low self esteem & energy, lack of confidence, rebellious, i.e., negative results may be expected. Herb of the Moon Influence of Butia Frandosa or Palasa-bhasma If Moon is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward sensitivity, good habits, stability and health. One will be wealthy, industrious and respected. If Moon is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward depression, overreaction, hypersensitivity and stress, i.e., negative results may be expected. Herb of Mars Influence of Couch Plant or Khadira-bhasma If Mars is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward positive energy, strength, courage, passion, and aggression. One will be active, have great energy, be learned, well-known and regal. If Mars is ill-placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward anger, irritability, instability, impatience, and aggression. One becomes prone to violence and physical problems such as high blood pressure, anemia, and impurities in the blood. Herb of Mercury Influence of Achyranthes or Apamarga-bhasma If Mercury is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward being rationality, wit, skillfulness and dexterity. One will be educated, happy, fortunate and highly respected. If Mercury is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward aloofness, lack of concentration, difficulty with communications, and slowness. One becomes prone to speech and hearing impediments, deceptive behavior, and lack of vitality. Herb of Jupiter Influence of Ficus Religiosa or Pippala-bhasma If Jupiter is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward humanitarianism, caring, spiritualism, optimism, faith and good judgment. One will be powerful, respected, and a leader of men, although susceptible to anger. If Jupiter is ill-placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward being greedy, uncaring, selfish, negative outlook, personal unhappiness, egotism, selfishness and sloth. One will be uncaring and unhappy.
Herb of Venus Influence of Ficus Glomerata or Audumbara-bhasma If Venus is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward attractiveness, refinement, grace, elegance and longevity. One will be refined, humanitarian, and possess many positive qualities. If Venus is ill-placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward vanity, lewdness, sensual corruption, lack of taste and refinement. One becomes vulnerable to loss of libido, impotence, sterility, and premature aging. Herb of Saturn Influence of Prosopis or Shami-bhasma If Saturn is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward discipline, responsibility, realism, durability and humility. One will be long-lived, charitable, proficient and an affectionate mate. If Saturn is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness and disappointment. One becomes vulnerable to headaches, neuralgia, and other disorders of the nervous system. Herb of Rahu Influence of Cynodon Dactylon or Durva-bhasma If Rahu is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward originality, inspiration, insight and uniqueness. One will be exotic, wealthy and fortunate. If Rahu is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward mental disease, addiction, illusion, and trouble. One will have a volatile nature, and a tendency to suffer from fear and suicidal impulses. Herb of Ketu Influence of Sacrificial Grass or Kusa-bhasma If Ketu is well placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward spiritualism, intuition, universality, subtleness and sensitivity. One will be wealthy and protected from evil. If Ketu is ill placed in the horoscope: The influence will be toward eccentricity, explosiveness, fanaticism and emotional problems. One becomes prone to compulsive gambling and fatal diseases such as cancer.
Nagarjuna’s Contribution to Rasashastra:
Nagarjuna was an Indian philosopher and Saint and the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism. He was born in Amravati (presently the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh) around 113 AD. Though Nagarjuna also traveled widely, he spent most of his life in a hilly area near Amravati. There he conducted extensive studies on the health applications of Mercury & other heavy metals for a significant part of his life. These studies, brought about, at that time, the visible re-emergence of this branch of Ayurveda, viz. Rasa Shastra, or Alchemy. Ayurveda itself, in later periods, began to incorporate Mercury as well as other "toxic" metals as important components of pharmaceutical formulations.
Essentially Rasashastra deals with the purification, transmutation and potentiation of various metals, gems and herb essences. It is a highly refined, sophisticated and sacred art and extensive training is required to perform it properly.
Rasashastra is derived from the Sanskrit words Rasa (meaning “essence”, “taste” or “inherent substance or quality”) and Shastra (meaning “knowledge”, “science” or “sacred prescription”). Thus Rasashastra is the sacred science of using the fundamental essences of various substances for healing and spiritual growth.
In Rasashastra all ingredients are first purified and reduced to their absolute essence in a process called Shodhana, where gems or metals are refined, through a process of alternate heating, cooling, oxidizing and crushing, to a fine pure ash. These individual purified ashes are called Bhasmas. Individual Bhasmas are then triturated in a process called Bhavana, and further pulverised and blended using alternate wetting and drying to form a fine homogenous paste.
During both stages, specialized Ayurvedic herbs and herbal extracts and juices are used as catalysts to direct the alchemical transformation of the original ingredients and to potentize the revealed essence. Shastric rules dictate that each of these processes be repeated 100 times for the highest quality preparation, i.e. Shodhana is applied 100 times before the iterations of Bhavana even begin. Each iteration is identical and further potentizes the Bhasmas and the final complexed product. After the process of Bhavana is complete, the resultant dried paste has an unlimited shelf life and retains its potency in perpetuity.
Rasashastric Gold bhasma (purified gold "oxide" ash) is the original version of what today is being referred to as monatomic gold / ormus gold / white powder gold etc. It is made in a sacred process with conscious intent and takes place in multiple cycles of firing, cooling, pulverizing and blending with various energizing herb juices. It requires 100 iterations of this cycle to qualify as an authentic Rasayana. This art is still practiced in India and authentic Gold bhasma is still available today.
Another profound healing panacea in Rasashastra is called Navaratna (Nine Gem). This compound is indirectly related to Vedic Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Ayurvedic medical astrology as it engenders benefits to the body internally in a similar way that Joytish gems and metals offer benefits on the surface of the body. The difference is that with Navaratna the gems and metals are triturated with herbs after being specially purified and, as they are orally ingested, they are designed to reach every cell in the body for complete cellular and organ rejuvenation.
Formula for Navaratna (present day composition):
120mg micro-tablet (produced on a single-tablet hand press rather than hand rolled as in the old days)
Active Formulation consisting of bhasmas of:
Cultured White Fresh-Water Pearl
Himalayan White Coral
In a potentizing carrier base of:
Organic Red Rose Petal
24 Karat Gold
1-2 tablets per week. Take on an empty stomach, and chew or dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.
All gems are natural earth -mined and not synthetically produced.
Metals are 100% pure and not alloys.
Pearls are cultured under controlled pollution-free conditions.
Coral was formed millions of years ago in unpolluted pre-Himalayan oceans.
Rose petals and all Ayurvedic herbs used as catalysts during the processes of Shodhana (purification) and Bhavana (trituration) are completely organic.
The Navaratna tablets are produced at a leading Ayurvedic laboratory in India by highly trained Rasashastric alchemists exactly according to traditional Shastric rules.
Alchemical transformation of the ingredients is repeated a total of 200 times (100 times each for Shodhana and Bhavana).
Navaratna and the Sacred Science of Rasashastra:
Rasashastra is a branch of Ayurvedic medicine that deals primarily with the alchemical transformation of metals, gems and minerals, using specialized herbs and techniques, for the purification, healing and rejuvenation of the physical and subtle bodies. Navaratna is one of the most esoteric products in the Rasashastric Codex and works deeply in the various sheaths of the body-mind.
When making Navaratna, the nine gem-Bhasmas are dissolved and blended into a base of purified and oxidized gold, silver and rose petals which further potentizes the gem essences and functions as a vehicle to transport them into the body as nutrients.
Once absorbed, Navaratna works to release karmas and sanskaras that are held physiologically and psychically in the body-mind as “knots” or toxic “pockets” in the tissues and nervous system. This is similar to the use of gems on the surface of the body in Vedic Jyotish and Ayurvedic Medical Astrology, but because Navaratna is ingested and delivered to every cell in the body it is a more powerful approach. Rasashastra preparations also purify and rejuvenate on the cellular level, and may target certain organs or tissue systems (dhatus) to complete their work.
According to documented history, the science of Rasashastra made its first visible appearance in India during the time the Buddha (Gautama Shakyamuni) lived and was re-enlivened by Nagarjuna, although according to practicing alchemists in the Rasashastra tradition, it’s roots are actually far older. Rasashastra practiced today is the same authentic Vedic Alchemy that has been practiced and handed down through generations for thousands of years, and Navaratna is one of the pinnacle elixirs within that tradition.
Because of the profundity of these times and the urgent necessity of our evolution as a human culture, we are honored to make available the following authentic Rasashastric Alchemical products
Physicochemical characterization of Swarna makshika bhasma Swarna makshika [SM], a mineral having various therapeutic uses, has been used since long in Ayurveda . The present study was conducted to generate a fingerprint for raw and processed SM using techniques which can be used by pharmacies. Powdered SM was heated in an iron pan by adding lemon juice for 3 days, till liberation of sulfur fumes stopped. Bhasma of this shuddha SM was obtained by triturating it with shuddha gandhaka and lemon juice. It was then subjected to heat in 09* putas, and for firing in each puta, 4 kg cow dung cakes were used. To assure the quality of bhasma, rasa shastra quality control tests like nischandratva, varitara, amla pariksha, etc., were used. After the bhasma complied with these tests, the bhasma was analyzed using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis of raw SM and SM bhasma revealed that raw SM contains CuFeS 2 , and SM bhasma contains Fe 2 O 3 , FeS 2 , CuS and SiO 2 . Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) studies showed that the grains in SM bhasma were uniformly arranged in agglomerates of size 1-2 microns as compared to the raw SM which showed a scattered arrangement of grains of size 6-8 microns. It may be concluded that raw SM is a complex compound which gets converted into a mixture of simple compounds having very small particle size after the particular process of marana. This is the first report of fingerprinting of SM bhasma prepared using this particular method. Introduction Swarna makshika [SM] bhasma has been used for pandu (anemia), anidra (insomnia), apasmara (convulsions), mandagni (poor digestion), kustha (skin diseases), etc., as well as a potent rasayana drug.
Generally, SM bhasma is prepared in two steps: shodhana, by different techniques like fomentation, heating and quenching and roasting, etc.; and marana, by puta system of heating in different types of putas, like varahaputa, kukkutaputa, gajaputa, etc.; and kupipakwa procedures, etc. During marana, bhavana with lemon juice, kulottha decoction, eranda taila, snuhi ksheera, etc., are given with addition of shuddha gandhaka and shuddha hingula, etc., as associated materials. SM bhasma is used as a single constituent formulation or in multi-ingredient formulation. However, there is variation in collection of raw materials and the pharmaceutical procedure followed, which generates the same bhasma with different characters. As a result, reproducibility is often not achieved. In many cases, wrong manufacturing and marketing practice leads to the production of inferior quality products, which reduces efficacy or produces safety concerns. In order to minimize variability and to check adulteration, standardization of a bhasma is a must. Ayurvedic texts have described methods for quality control of finished products through different parameters like nischasndratva, varitara, nirutha, apunarbhava, etc., to achieve a specific acceptable standard bhasma. This study was performed to characterize the bhasma using sensitive tools and techniques. These fingerprints generated for the raw material and bhasma could be used as standards to for ensuring quality and reproducibility of standards of the medicines.