Correlation between Hindu and Daoist alchemical concepts

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I was playing with Bard recently and started exploring the correlates between Hindu Yoga/Tantra and Daoist alchemical traditions 


Kosha Meaning Location Function Taoist Alchemy Level Chinese Name Color Other Names
Physical body (annamaya kosha) The physical sheath The skin, bones, muscles, and organs The vehicle for experience Foundation level 炼精化气 (liàn jīng huà qì) Red Gross body
Energy body (pranamaya kosha) The energy sheath The nadis, or energy channels, and the chakras, or energy centers The medium for the flow of prana, or life force Qi level 炼气化神 (liàn qì huà shén) Orange Subtle body
mental body (manomaya kosha) The mental sheath The mind The seat of emotions Shen level 炼神还虚 (liàn shén huán xū) Yellow Mental body
Intellectual body (vijnanamaya kosha) The intellectual sheath The intellect The seat of thoughts and ideas Dantian level 炼虚合道 (liàn xū hé dào) Green intellectual body
Golden body (karanamaya kosha) aka anandamaya kosha A radiant, golden light that surrounds the physical body. The causal field The seat of karma, or past actions Wuji level 无极无为 (wú jí wú wéi) Blue Causal body

I"m just presenting this as a way to look at the two traditions. I'm not saying the above is authoritative in any way :) (just the output of a genAI bot)

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now see if you can figure out how this alchemical knowledge was later synthesized into the various dramatic characters known as the Tarot, during the renaissance in Venice (as an attempt to preserve it) - in the earliest known system of modern psychological archetypes, for the purpose of "personal transformation" and "self cultivation" 



from Medieval Latin alkimia, from Arabic al-kimiya, from Greek khemeioa (found c.300 C.E. in a decree of Diocletian against "the old writings of the Egyptians"), all meaning "alchemy," and of uncertain origin.

Perhaps from an old name for Egypt (Khemia, literally "land of black earth," found in Plutarch), or from Greek khymatos "that which is poured out," from khein "to pour," from Proto-Indo-European root *gheu- "to pour" [Watkins, but Klein, citing W. Muss-Arnolt, calls this folk etymology]. The word seems to have elements of both origins.

Greek khymeia was probably the original, being first applied to pharmaceutical chemistry, which was chiefly concerned with juices or infusions of plants; that the pursuits of the Alexandrian alchemists were a subsequent development of chemical study, and that the notoriety of these may have caused the name of the art to be popularly associated with the ancient name of Egypt. 

The al- is the Arabic definite article, "the." The art and the name were adopted by the Arabs from Alexandrians and entered Europe via Arabic Spain. Alchemy was the "chemistry" of the Middle Ages and early modern times, involving both occult and natural philosophy and practical chemistry and metallurgy.


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The earliest modern reference to alchemical substances may be in the Sumerian writings when the gods were dying on this planet under its aging sun


They went on strike and eventually were provided with the water of life and the food of life to maintain their immortality.


They carried emergency supplies in a little bag, sometimes marked with an ankh


Here is a god symbolically collecting the food of life from the tree of life


This god is depicted as an eagle because he is one of the astronauts.





The same gods were in South America with their handbags







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those are water buckets - and those images are directly related to irrigation and farming and agriculture, as well as sacred knowledge of entheogens and other cosmic phenomena












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