Svarasa, Sva-rasa: 11 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Svarasa (स्वरस) is a Sanskrit technical term, referring to “fresh juice”. The term is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Suśruta-saṃhitā and the Caraka-saṃhitā.

Source: Ayurveda and Pharmaceutics

Svarasa (Juice): Expressed juice from some fresh plants and fruits contains several ingredients in active form and hence useful in acute or chronic diseases manifested due to deficiency of some nutrients. This is still a very popular form a layman can understand and use. Several fruit juices and juices extracted from some vegetables like bitter guard are used to invigorate digestive fire. The use of juices appears that the contents of the plant or fruit are injected into the body without any alteration. This must be the primary form of medicine from ancient days.

Source: Amala Ayurveda: Ayurveda Medicines

Svarasa is the juice of the herb part that is used for medicinal preparation. This is done by cutting the herbs into small pieces, pounding it and then squeezing it through a cloth. For example, Amrita-svarasa and Vasa-svarasa.

Source: Ayurveda News: Panchavidha Kashaya Kalpana

Svarasa (Fruit juice): Juice extracted from a fresh herb is called swarasa of that herb. The fresh herb is cleaned well, pounded and the resultant paste is rolled into a bolus, squeezed through a cloth and the expressed fresh juice is collected in a clean container. Fresh juice of herbs is easy to absorb and maximum effect is achieved in short period.

Svarasa is used for internal use as medicine and in preparation of various pills. It is also used external in ophthalmic disorders. Dose of Svarasa for internal use is 20 - 40 ml. Eg. Fresh juice of Tulsi (Holy basil) can be prepared and administered internally along with honey in conditions of cold, cough and nasal congestion.

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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: CCRAS: Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, Appendix I

Svarasa (स्वरस).—The liquid part of fresh macerated plant material obtained by pressing through a fresh, clean cloth is called as Svarasa. (see the Śārṅgadhara-saṃhitā II.1.2, which is a 14th century medicinal Āyurvedic treatise in Sanskrit written by Śārṅgadhara).

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Svarasa (स्वरस).—Mt. in Śālmalidvīpa.*

  • * Bhāgavata-purāṇa V. 20. 10.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

svarasa (स्वरस).—m (S) Own or native juice or liquor; the pure juice (as expressed &c.) of fruits or plants, without mixture with water. 2 fig. The native or inherent sweetness, savoriness, pithiness, pathos, beauty, agreeableness (of speech, a poem, a business &c.)

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Svarasa (स्वरस).—

1) natural taste.

2) proper taste or sentiment in composition.

3) a kind of astringent juice.

4) the residue of oily substances (ground on a stone.)

Derivable forms: svarasaḥ (स्वरसः).

Svarasa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms sva and rasa (रस).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Svarasa (स्वरस).—m.

(-saḥ) 1. Expressed or extracted juice. 2. Sediment of oil, &c., ground on a stone. 3. Proper or peculiar flavour. 4. Proper or peculiar taste or sentiment in composition. E. sva own, rasa flavour, &c.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Svarasa (स्वरस):—[=sva-rasa] [from sva] a m. own (unadulterated) juice or essence, [Mahābhārata; Caraka] etc.

2) [v.s. ...] natural or peculiar flavour, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) [v.s. ...] proper taste or sentiment in composition, ib.

4) [v.s. ...] a [particular] astringent juice or decoction, [Monier-Williams’ Sanskrit-English Dictionary]

5) [v.s. ...] the sediment of oily substances ground on a stone, [Horace H. Wilson]

6) [v.s. ...] own inclination (-tas, ‘through own incl°’, ‘for pleasure’), [Āpastamba-śrauta-sūtra [Scholiast or Commentator]]

7) [v.s. ...] feeling for one’s own people, [Kāvya literature]

8) [v.s. ...] instinct of self-preservation (?), [Yoga-sūtra]

9) [v.s. ...] analogy, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as Amarasiṃha, Halāyudha, Hemacandra, etc.]

10) [v.s. ...] mf(ā)n. agreeable or pleasant to one’s taste, congenial, [Kathāsaritsāgara; Taittirīya-prātiśākhya [Scholiast or Commentator]]

11) [v.s. ...] m. Name of a mountain, [Purāṇa]

12) [=sva-rasa] b sva-rāj etc. See p. 1276, col. 2.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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