Rasashastra

Christèle Barois
Photograph of alchemical workshop October 2015 by Christèle Barois/AyurYog 2015

The year 2015 saw the beginning of two major European projects, one at the University of Vienna, Austria, the other based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, both projects focused on the study of texts that describe practices belonging to the Sanskrit tradition.

 

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

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

Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia

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The project examines the histories of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) from the tenth century to the present, focussing on the disciplines' health, rejuvenation and longevity practices. The goals of the project are to reveal the entanglements of these historical traditions, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.

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