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    Extract on Siddha Alchemy

    I remember having a text some years ago on siddha alchemy that was interesting. Just now reading archives I found an extract from it I thought was most interesting:

    "Without entering into the details we may say that in Tamil Siddha literature we come across three methods by which the human body can be transmuted into immortality. First, there is the method of alchemic process (containing Siddha medicine) which, instead of being performed in the laboratory, takes place in the body and consciousness of the sadhaka. In Bogar 700, we find a reference to the method of preparation of the greatest of medicines -muppu-by advocating which, the body will turn into divya deha, an immortal golden body82. The second is the method of kundalini yoga, which is the method adopted by all Tamil Siddhas. A third method that is suggested is what is called ulta sadhana "contrary practice" which states that the sex sentiment properly cultivated may lead man back to the very heart of reality. When sex energy is sublimated and transmuted the yogin rises above the sense of identity with the physical body. This state is technically called urdhareta. Agastiyar Jnanam, Bogar's poems and Tirumantiram speak of the third process and assure us that there is no death for a man who adopts it perfectly83. Following the footsteps of Bogar, this technique is taught, of converting sex energy into spiritual energy in the Kriya Yoga centers around the world84. The way to overcome physical evil is to accept the Siddha doctrine of body. For, in acceptance there is transcendence.

    The divya deha is called cinmaya, "the body of light". It is a "body" of infinite space, vettaveli, a vast expanse without any determination79. At this stage the "body" glows with the fire of immortality. It is called "the body of light", oli udambu in Tamil. As Tirumular says figuratively even the "hairs" of this transmuted body will shine80. When a Siddha attains divya deha, he attains Sivahood. Hence divya deha is referred to as kailaya deha81. In Siddha mysticism the liberation of the soul is not conceived as a purusartha; rather we have the concept of jivan mukti or liberation within the span of life in the form of the attainment of immortality.

    In Siddha literature we come across the following types of bodies- the sthula-deha, the yoga-deha, the siddha-deha, the pranava or mantra deha and the jnana or the divya deha. Turning the sthula-deha into divya-deha is kaya sadhana. Sivavakkiyar explains the transformation of the physical body into a divine body on the analogy of a worm turning itself into a butterfly72. Let us state briefly the various stages involved in kaya sadhana. Sthula sarira is the unripe, ordinary, physical body not disciplined by yoga. It is a "deceptive threshold", and one has to "open" it , i.e., go beyond it to achieve kaya siddhi. Sivavakkiyar says that people should protect, immortalize, and preserve the body through the method of yoga just as they would protect a beautiful lady of the house73. When the sthula sarira is disciplined by yoga it becomes ripe or pakva. Pambatticcittar uses the term "pudam" in Tamil which is the equivalent of "making one ripe" pakva74. Agatiyar Pancacaram-37 speaks about removing the unwanted elements from the body through the process of burning, (i.e., Kundalini agni).75 Once the deha is hardened by yoga, the internal forces help the sadhaka to arouse the kundalini in him, which passes through the six adharas. It is a process of the acquirement of yogic powers, siddhis, leading to a siddha deha, where the body can do and be anything at the will of the sadhaka, since it does not have to adhere to the spatio-temporal laws or the laws of space and time of the ordinary body. After the attainment of the siddhis, the siddha deha is turned into a mantra deha called pranava tanu. The pranava deha is a body consisting of the sacred formula "AUM". It is the body of nada or sound. This yogin's body is accompanied by certain mystic sound vibrations in the form of mantra called "AUM Namasivaya". The yogin's body at this stage is not different from the mantra, that is, the body gets transformed into a sound-form, mantra-form. This body is called pranava or mantra deha. We find a description of this body, mantira meni(mantra deha) in Tirumantiram76. The human figure representing the pranava deha is called the mantirmeni chakkaram in Tamil Siddha literature. In a Tamil work called Tirumantiramalai-300 we find a description of how the fifty- one letters of the alphabet constitute the various parts of the body77.

    According to the Tamil Siddhas the man with the pranava deha is a jivan-mukta, "the man liberated while living". In Tirumantiram we find a description of the characteristrics of a jivan mukta78. In Siddha philosophy there is no videha-mukti(post-mortem liberation) but only jivan mukti; for videha mukti is, at best, only a hypothesis. A jivan mukta does not possess a personal consciousness, but a witnessing consciousness. Even though he acts in the world, he does not have the sense of "I act". He sees all the usual things in a miraculous new light as he has entered into the heart of reality. The Bauls of Bengal call this state of jivan mukta as jiyanta-mora, "being dead while yet alive". We find similar expressions used by many Tamil Siddhas. As a Taoist thinker has said, "The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it rejects nothing. It receives, but does not keep". In Siddha philosophy a jivan mukta does not die to attain liberation, but is transformed into the very mode of liberation, viz., the divya deha. When the jivan mukta gets into divya deha he becomes one with Eternity, a paramukta. The "either-or" category of logic regarding his existence or non-existence does not arise in the case of a Siddha who has attained the divya deha. Divya deha is a situation in which one is participating in immortality from now onward and from this present world; and immortality should not be conceived as a survival, post mortam. The attainment of divya deha is not videha mukti. There are standing examples against videha mukti, such as Saint Nandanar, Saint Manikkavasagar, Sri Andal(merging with the Lord at Srirangam), Sri Caitanya and Sri Ramalinga Swamigal, who have attained divya deha. It is highly interesting and instructive to note the process which the great yoga master Sri Krsna adopted for transforming his material body into a divya deha when he desired to leave the world. He, in concentration, executed a yoga process termed "agneyi-yoga-dharma", i.e., the process of radiating inner fire, by which he reduced his body to a subtler form, and with that body he left the world. This is mentioned in the Bhagavata."

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    Here is one 'how-to method' relating to the originating post.

    The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali provide the 'how to' for the attainment (re-attainment) of eternal life and spiritual powers; in plain English.
    Many of the passages have significant alchemical correlations and provide an additional key to unlock the secrets of The Emerald Tablet.
    The text is worth previewing. It is in .pdf format -

    Last edited by Play_Dough; 08-01-2009 at 10:51 PM.
    "As Above, So Below" except for cappuccino.

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    One of my favorites Play Dough.

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    In Bogar 700, we find a reference to the method of preparation of the greatest of medicines -muppu-by advocating which, the body will turn into divya deha, an immortal golden body
    "Muppu" seems to be the siddha word for the philosopher's stone.

    Some relevant quotes from online search:
    The crown of Siddha medicine or ‘Muppu‘ is a method of preparation of universal salt. This is not known to all siddha practioners as it requires much effort and processes for the preparation. Still there are practitioners doing this but it is kept as secrets between masses. Hence it is also a hidden mystery.

    The use of metals, minerals particularly mercury in medicine, which was a part of Tantric legacy, is seen in all ancient Indian medical school. This legacy is conspicuous in the so called Siddha System of medicine, which is now prevalent mostly in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. This system dating back to pre-Ayurvedic period is of strong Tantric in orientation. It got mixed up with the cult of navakoti siddhas’ i.e., nine million siddhas, who transcended the death, preached a philosophy of transmuting the gross physical body composed of impure matter into the refined body of naturally pure matter, thereby making the body immutable and free from disabilities. In the present study one such mineral mixture Muppu extract was taken. Muppu is a combination of three kinds of salts prepared as per the palm leaf literature described in Kandarnadi Vaakiyam. These salts are processed from three different sources obtained in Tamil Nadu, India. The first salts is called vediuppul /shivappu obtained from rocky salt formation in sea–shores of Trichundur district of Tamil Nadu. The third salt is procured by insertion

    of bamboo sticks in deep sea at a location where three oceans meet. All the three salts are processed from the respective materials by extracting with amuri (specially prepared juice from banana tree) and purified as per procedures described in palm leaf literatures. Amuri is tamil word and it denotes a sacred water like ambrosia, amirtha. In an upublished manuscript called kandar Nadi Vakkiyam, the term amuri is elaborately discussed. So far no scientific investigations are carried out on Muppu . The samples were collected from Dr. Jai Prakash, Intergrated Research Centre for Siddha Medicines, Bangalore. The hall mark of siddha medicine is Muppu. Muppu is said to be highly efficacious drug and kayakarpam is impossible without it. This is an alchemical preparation mentioned by all Siddha’s classical literature as combination of three salts which represent three elements of panchabootha as water, air and fire. The universal medicine of high order of quality is used in transmuting basar metals into gold and this is capable of curing radically all the diseases of the system. Muppu is also classified according to the preparations as vaidya Muppu, yoga Muppu, and vata Muppu. Present day physicians are using vaidya Muppu and is prepared as per the Kandar nadi vakkiyam.

    If you find relevant texts on "muppu" preparations I think it would be of interest to this forum as we could compare methods and properties with western alchemy.

    Note also their views on immortality:
    In Siddha philosophy there is no videha-mukti(post-mortem liberation) but only jivan mukti; for videha mukti is, at best, only a hypothesis.

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    I will add some relevant text if I find more if you don't mind.

    Siddha Alchemy (Rasavatham): the Ancient Protoscience of Tamil Siddhas

    Rasavatham or Alchemy is the branch of ancient proto-science and secretive Tamil Siddha knowledge system developed and practiced Tamil Siddha tradition. Of course modern biology, chemistry and medicine branched out from the science of alchemy. The Tamil Siddhas are a kind of mystics lived many thousands year ago in South India. Actually they are beyond time. They are still living among us in their light body and serving humanity. They are mainly Saiva Siddhantis followed the tradition Lord Shiva and Saiva Siddhanta. Siddhas achieved spiritual perfection and the power to control the physical world and their practices often related with cosmology and Tantricism. Some of the Siddha alchemists and their contribution to rasavtham (alchemy) is shown below:

    Agathiyar Siddhar: manuscripts Vaidiya Sigamani, Chendhooram - 300, Mani-400, Sivajalam, Sakthijalam etc.
    Bhogar Siddhar: Bhogar's contribution on the synthesis of mercury, mercurial compounds and arsenical compounds are note worth. In Bhogar's Pogar (Bogar)-7000 aka. Saptakanda he reveals details ofvarious medicinal preparations to his disciple Pullippani Siddhar (so named as he is believed to have wandered in the forests atop a puli or tiger) and at every stage he quotes his guru Kalangināthar Siddhar as the authority. It is considered that the statue of Lord Dhandayudhapani (Palani temple) was concocted with Nava pasana (Nine arsenical compounds).

    Konganar Siddhar: Out of all Konganar's works more than 40 deal with the alchemy and the elixir (muppu) of life.
    Therayar Siddhar is considered as the master of all the fields like astrology, mysticism, alchemy, medicine and language.
    Edaikadar Siddhar: Edaikadar's contribution towards Rasavatham/Kayakalpam is remarkable.
    Chatta Muni Siddhar: Chatta Muni took kalpam to change the body thathuvas and by which he evolved 96 thathuvas.

    Siddha alchemy is unfathomable. Alchemy is a study of the basic elements called fire, water, earth and air. It is the study of transmutation. It was first studied to learn how to change lead into gold. It is similar to chemistry, but much older. People who studied alchemy were called alchemists.

    According to Siddha alchemy and Siddha Tantric parlance, mercury is the representation of male (Shiva) form Shiva’s metal (Shivadhatu with divine (seminal) energy consciousness ). Whereas sulphur, the chemical element associated in the solidification process, is considered as the representation of female (Shakti or Gauri, consort of Shiva) form.

    Mercury is the deadly poisonous substance obtained in semi-liquid form. Siddhas conducted amazing experiments with purification and transformative rituals to bring forth hidden qualities of mercury. They treated mercury with metals and other poisonous substances and developed the secretive mystical alchemical science. Alchemy deals with the basic elements known as fire, water, earth and air. All living and non-living subjects in this cosmic universe include these basic elements. Alchemy is the discipline concerned with transmutation. The science of alchemy paved way to develop number of scientific disciplines such as alchemy (modern), biology, bio-chemistry, bio-physics, chemistry, medical sciences, and pharmaceutical and therapeutic sciences.

    What are the goals and the purposes of alchemy? The two major goals of alchemists were : the transmutation of lead and other base metals into gold, and the discovery of the "elixir of life". Alchemy of transmutation is known as chrysopoeia which aims the creation of a panacea, and the discovery of a universal solvent.

    During the alchemy process, the metals and other poisonous nature of substances are transmuted into a powerful new form with bio-chemical, therapeutic, and spiritual properties for treating intractable diseases.

    They even formulated the “transformation” and “purification” and “refinement” processes and documented the processes of alchemy in uniquely coded Tamil poetic form. With the art and science of alchemy they aimed to achieve many perfections and Siddhis. When mercury is refined through alchemical process (108 sanskars of mercury), it starts to acquire certain higher dimensional energetic qualities. Mercury alchemy leads to Siddha pharmaceutical system wherein lots of oxides (bhasmams) and other Siddha preparations are developed to treat number of diseases as well as rejuvenate the body and promote longevity.

    The process of solidification of mercury is the surreptitious process documented by Tamil Siddhas. Pada-rasam is the given In Tamil to mercury and the Siddhas carved Shiva Lingam from solidified mercury and called as Rasalingam. Modern science develops the mercury amalgam (solidified mercury amalgam) by treating with few metals. Siddha alchemy solidifies mercury by submerging the fluid prepared with certain medicinal herbs and few other pharmaceutical substances and allow to settle under shadow light for a specific period of time.

    Another important quest of alchemy is the transmutation of low value metals (example lead) into precious metals like gold and silver. Changing the element requires changing the atomic (proton) number. The precious metals have been subjected to incineration process for the conversion and preparation of metallic oxides (bhaspams), and reduce metals into red (chendhrams) and white (chunnams) calcinated salts (metallic nano-particles) to treat chronic diseases as well as to promote longevity.

    Tamil Siddhas were concerned with the unique discovery of 'Muppu.' What is 'Muppu?' Muppu is termed as the universal solvent prepared by combining three salts representing three natural elements i.e, water, air an fire. Muppu was used in the consolidation process of mercury into pills as well as for rejuvenation purposes. There are different types of muppu preparations classified and documented by Siddhas. To make it clear, the constituents of the universal solvents differed depending upon the application of muppu in internal alchemy, external alchemy, pharmaceutical and therapeutic uses. Muppu was potent enough to reduce minerals into white (chunnum) or red (chenduram) calcinated powders and invigorate the medical potency. In total muppu is the rejuvenating medicine and to maintain human body young, energetic and free from diseases.

    A critical study of the chronology of Sidha by KV.Ramakrishna Rao
    Alchemy – A Siddha Science by Kaulabhairav

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