Friday, 22 December 2017

Lord of the Doshas (6 tastes)

VERSE
Cm
Come with me down to a sub-cellular level
D#
I've got something important to tell you
F
Your life and the taste
G#
Is intwined in a way you don't know

There are 6 tastes in total
Successively lower in energy
The first three have Snigdha and will pacify Vata
But will cause water retention in Kapha

Sweet Madhura also cooling and heavy
Builds the body and stabilises the mind
Great for Pitta but don't go crazy
Excess leads to obese disease

D#
The sour Amla liquid, light and heating
Cm
Stimulates the appetite and aids digestion
G#
But its soaks up liquid so is usually too much for Pitta
A#
Too much for anyone leads to acidity

Salty Lavana what is your Karma?
Heating and heavy it promotes growth and maintains balance
But too much in the diet will also aggravate Pitta
Excess is bad for the skin, causes ageing

A#
The actions of these three increase

CHORUS
D#
They are the tastes, that define us
A#
These are the seasons, that intwine us
Fm
Everything that you've done, is simply the sum
G#
If you master the tastes then you will become
     A#                  Cm
A lord of the Doshas

VERSE
Bitter Tikta first of the three drying tastes
All of which increase Vata and decrease Kapha
It's also cooling and light so good for Pitta
But it's a depleting taste so go steady

Pungent Ushna light and heating
Avoided it Pitta send you up in flames
Improves absorption and aids digestion
In excess it causes sexual debility and fatigue

Astringent Kashaya the most drying taste
Cooling and heavy make it good for Pitta
Scrapes out fat and decongests
But in excess it will give you a stroke

The actions of these three decrease

CHORUS

MIDDLE
Why are there only 6 tastes?
Because there are 6 seasons in two phases
Between the winter and summer solstices

Uttarayana is the first half of the year
Bitter, Astringent and Pungent tastes become successively stronger
As the sun and the wind become strong

Then in Dakshinayana the earth slowly cools
The luna energy grows and water returns
Sour, Salt and Sweet increase respectively

CHORUS

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