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India has been a land of diverse ideologies, but the first and principal manuscripts on Indian religion, the Vedas, have had an effect on every one. The Vedic period lasted from then until about BCE, marking the settlement of the polytheist Aryans from the Caucasus Mountains of central Asia and their integration with the natives of India. The Vedas were the largely Caucasian-influenced literature of the poets, priests and philosophers, with much in common with Mediterranean, Celtic and Nordic cultures. The interest of Indian philosophy in this early period evolved historically in a natural progression from the complexity of polytheism, to the simplistic duality of monotheism, and then in the Upanishads on to the cosmic, unknowable oneness of monism. Ancient Vedic hymns to the gods declare that in the beginning existence arose from nonexistence.

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India has been a land of diverse ideologies, but the first and principal manuscripts on Indian religion, the Vedas, have had an effect on every one. The Vedic period lasted from then until about BCE, marking the settlement of the polytheist Aryans from the Caucasus Mountains of central Asia and their integration with the natives of India.

The Vedas were the largely Caucasian-influenced literature of the poets, priests and philosophers, with much in common with Mediterranean, Celtic and Nordic cultures. The interest of Indian philosophy in this early period evolved historically in a natural progression from the complexity of polytheism, to the simplistic duality of monotheism, and then in the Upanishads on to the cosmic, unknowable oneness of monism.

Ancient Vedic hymns to the gods declare that in the beginning existence arose from nonexistence. They describe an unborn, primeval One that existed before heaven and earth and produced all things. All gods, in fact, are but titles given the One by the sages.

This One is Lord of all things, the unknown god that established eternal law. Truth, law and justice were represented in many forms, including the god Soma, a sacred hallucinogenic elixir of immortality drank by the gods and in Vedic ritual.

The Hymn to Purusha, the Cosmic Man, describes the immortal god of life, whose body was part in heaven and was part the living creatures of the earth. In language resembling alchemical symbolism, it is written that: The moon was born from his spirit, from his eye was born the sun, from his mouth Indra thunderstorm and Agni fire , from his breath Vayu wind was born.

Brahmin priests were the physicians until the Muslim conquest of India, about the turn of the first millennium. The Brahmins were adept surgeons and pharmacists, but while their spiritual anatomy was quite extensive, physical anatomy was lacking. Early Indian Alchemy There are four Vedas, each of which contains hymns, ritual and sacrificial duties, and philosophical writings.

The Vedas introduced the practice of magic. Also, they set the foundation of the social order that was to persist to the twenty-first century, which encourages the aged householder to retire to the forest, and the forest-dweller to practice meditation. The Yajurveda focused on ritual, the Samaveda expressed scripture as chants, and the Atharvaveda is a collection of hymns teaching magic, religion and medicine for daily life.

The Atharvaveda, written around the eighth century BCE, contains the first mention of gold with the magical power of longevity, in the form of a talisman.

The Rasa sastra described processes of preparing compounds of herbs with metals, especially mercury, minerals and other materials.

These were used as medical remedies and tinctures for longevity, becoming part of the Ayurvedic regimen.

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Early Indian alchemical texts discuss the use of prepared forms of mercury or cinnabar see samskaras. However, there is also ample mention of the preparation of medical tinctures in the early science of Indian alchemy. It means an art which is restricted to certain operations, drugs, and compound medicines, most of which are taken from plants. Its principles restore the health of those who were ill beyond hope, and give back youth to fading old age As such, it focused its efforts on transmutation of the human body: from mortal to immortal.

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It is the ancient art of rejuvenation using grounding, rejuvenating and restorative techniques and treatments to transmute stress, anxiety and emotional tension to vitality, to release toxins and impurities from the tissues and mind, and to reestablish harmony among the cells. Essentially, on a deep level we know we must at some point fill our cups back up. We know on a cellular level that the electromagnetic input from too much computer, TV and phone time depletes us. Prana, our very life force is drained daily and is restored when we sleep, if we reach deep sleep. Living in cities, clustered in groups with frenetic lifestyles, we may lack that opportunity to be quiet, sink our toes into the Earth and simply un plug.. This week, our intention is to step out of our daily frenzy, un plug, and focus on the deep quiet within.

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