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Dagmar Wujastyk
Bronze purification, image courtesy of Andrew Mason, neterapublishing.com

The two-day workshop explored the historically linked South and Inner Asian practices of rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len.  These are practices, treatment techniques and formulations aimed at a variety of goals that range from prolonging life, restoring youthfulness, and promoting physical health, to accessing special powers, achieving enlightenment, and attaining immortality.

Suzanne Newcombe
http://theyogaposter.com/

This popular image of the ‘Yoga Poster’ (http://theyogaposter.com/) depicts the history of yoga as that of a branching tree with its roots in the ‘Vedic Period’ and leaves which could potentially include all the forms of yoga in existence today.

Dagmar Wujastyk

In new research projects, one sets out to cover new ground, explore the unknown, make exciting discoveries, and set the record straight on some previous assumptions. With this focus on discovering the new, it is easy to forget just how much of research depends on work already done by others.

Christèle Barois
Arion Roşu at his home study at Versailles in 2002. Photo taken by Eugen Ciurtin and reproduced with his kind permission.

No need to introduce Arion Roşu (1924-2007), eminent scholar in the study of Ayurveda. Roşu was drawn to the subject of traditional Indian medicine from the 1950s. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Jean Filliozat, was published under the title Les conceptions psychologiques dans les textes médicaux indiens (Publications de l’Institut de civilisation indienne, 1978).

Suzanne Newcombe
Melting zinc.

Image: The author melting zinc under the instructions of Andrew Mason. This is one of the steps in the preparation of a zinc rasāyana.

 

 

Dagmar Wujastyk
An equestrienne lures mercury out of its well © Trustees of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur

We are very pleased to announce the newly published special volume of Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques: "Histories of Mercury in Medicine Across Asia and Beyond", edited by Dagmar Wujastyk.

Jason Birch
Book cover of Satyendra Prasad Mishra's Yoga and Āyurveda. Their Alliedness and Scope as Positive Health Science. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan, 1989.

Abstract of a forthcoming article

The combining of yoga and ayurveda (Indian medicine) is unexceptional in the current global market for wellness. More than a married couple, yoga and ayurveda are deemed by many to be sisters, born of the same scriptural family, the Vedas. The current interplay between yoga and ayurveda raises two questions: how old might their relationship be and was it as intimate in pre-modern times as it seems today? The first question is...

Dagmar Wujastyk

Welcome to the blog of the ERC-funded research project "Medicine, Immortality, Mokṣa: Entangled Histories of Ayurveda, Yoga and Alchemy in South Asia"!

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