1. term
a deep attachment which is permeated by spontaneous and intense absorption in the object of one’s affection. The primary characteristic of rāga is a deep and overpowering thirst for the object of one’s affection. The desire for water is called thirst. When the body is deprived of water, thirst arises. The greater the thirst, the greater the longing for water. When this thirst reaches the point that without water one can no longer maintain the body, it is known as an overpowering thirst. Similarly, when the loving thirst to please the object of one’s affection becomes so intense that in the absence of such service one is on the verge of giving up his life, it is known as rāga.

✍ The symptoms of rāga and dveṣa (attachment and envy) are described in Bhagavad-gītā (3.34):


2. musical mode
a particular musical mode, order of sound or formula; Bharata Muni enumerates 6 rāgas, namely bhairava, kauśika, hindolai, dīpaka, śrī, and megha, each mode exciting some affection; other writers give other names; sometimes 7 or 26 rāgas are mentioned; they are personified, and each of the 6 chief Rāgas is wedded to 5 or 6 consorts called Rāgiṇīs; their union gives rise to many other musical modes)

bhairava rāga

bhairavī rāgadeśākha rāgadeśavarāḍī rāgadeśīvarāḍī rāgadīpaka rāgaguṇakarī rāgagurjarī rāgahindola rāgakarṇāṭa rāgakauśika rāgakedāra rāgamadana rāgamālava rāgamālava-gauḍa rāgamegha rāgapañcama rāgarāmakarī rāgaśrī rāgavarāḍī rāgavasanta rāgavibhāsa rāga

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