Avyaktarasa, Avyakta-rasa: 1 definition


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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: archive.org: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Avyaktarasa (अव्यक्तरस) refers to “indistinct taste”, as mentioned in verse 5.1-2 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] vitalizing, refreshing, pleasing one’s stomach, satisfying, stimulating one’s intellect, thin, of indistinct taste [viz., avyaktarasa], savoury, cold, light, (and) nectar-like (is) Ganges water fallen from the sky; (as it is), however, touched by sun, moon, and wind (in falling), it is largely dependent upon place and time so far as its wholesomeness and unwholesomeness are concerned”.

Note: With regard to the diction, the predicate nouns of the first sentence have all been converted into full verbs. In some instances, the rendering is rather free; thus hṛdya (“pleasing the stomach”) has been represented by yi-gar oṅ-ba (“to meet the appetite”), buddhiprabodhana (“stimulating the intellect”) by sems ni gsal byed-pa (“to render brilliant as to the intellect”), and avyaktarasa (“of indistinct taste”) by ro mi gsal-ba (“to be indistinct in taste”). In nearly all cases, however, the views of the scholiasts seem to have been shared by the translators.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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