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(1) Taste. Indian food has been divided in six types of taste of food - Sweet (sugar), Salty (Lavan or salt), Bitter (Karelaa or bitter gourd), Acidic (sour like lemon), Pungent (pepper), and Astringent. Agni Puraan, p 567 says, Sweet, Acidic and salty Ras are said to be born from Chandramaa (Moon); and Bitter, Pungent and Astringent Ras are said to be born from Agni.
(2) This is another noun for Paarad or Mercury as described in Hindu scriptures and Ved. To explain its meaning it has been said that "The one who can absorb all metals in it and to rid all the ageing problems and to end the fear of death is known as "RAS", that's why there is a saying "Raso Ve Sah". See also Ras Mani.
(3) Emotions see also Nritya (dance)
Indian literature (prose, poetry etc) may be divided into
nine emotions. Some literary people regard the 10th Rs also - Vaatslya
Ras. The are as -
Tulasee's Maanas contains all these Ras in his epic -
(1) Shringaar - Romance - Sanyog or Sambhog
- Raam's meeting with Seetaa in Pushpvaatikaa
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 06/09/11