Agni Mantra

Agni Mantra

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Shad Rasa/Six Tastes

|| Om Gurave Namah ||
Dear Jyotishas,
Just some thoughts , will add more later. The tastes are called Rasas, Rasas are of six types.

Maharishi Parashara states them as,

kaTuxAratiktamishramadhuraaamlakashhAyakAH |
krameNa sarve viGYeyAH sUryAdInAM rasA iti || 34||

kaṭukṣāratiktamiśramadhurāamlakaṣāyakāḥ |
krameṇa sarve vijñeyāḥ sūryādīnāṁ rasā iti || 34||

कटुक्षारतिक्तमिश्रमधुराम्लकषायकाः।
क्रमेण सर्वे विज्ञेयाः सूर्यादीनां रसा इति॥ ३४॥

To Tabulate them

Graha

Taste

Sun

कटु

kau

Pungent

Moon

क्षार

kāra

Salty

Mars

तिक्त

tikta

Bitter

Mercury

मिश्र

miśra

Mixed

Jupiter

मधुर

madhura

Sweet

Venus

आम्ल

āmla

Sour

Saturn

कषाय

kaāya

astringent




Monier Williams Dictionary gives the six tastes (rasa) as
रस/ rasā
taste , flavour (as the principal quality of fluids , of which there are 6 original kinds , viz.
{madhura/मधुर} , sweet ;
{amla/आम्ल} , sour ;
{lavaNa/लवण} , salt ;
{kaTuka/कटुक} , pungent ;
{tikta/तिक्त} , bitter ; and
{kaSAya/कषाय} , astringent ;

sometimes 63 varieties are distinguished , viz. beside the 6 original ones , 15 mixtures of 2 , 20 of 3 , 15 of 4 , 6 of 5 , and 1 of 6 flavours) S3Br. &c. &c.

The six are the basic tastes, Mercury prefers mixed taste, Pure water is tastless which forms a base for all the tastes.

The Six tastes are governed by 6th house, The 2nd house is the organ of taste, the natural kaalapurusha is taurus ruled by Venus provides the basic sensory pleasure of taste. The 'Mantra' or mental notation of taste comes from 5th (Mantra bhaava) to 2nd which is 6th house. The Natural kaalapurusha lord is Mercury who likes various kinds of tastes.


Warm Regards
Sanjay P


Other Readings,

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/060829_bad_tongue.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umami
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