DRAVADRAVRA VIJNAJVITA (Knowledge of liquid materials)




 DRAVADRAVRA VIJNAJVITA (Knowledge of liquid materials)

We shall now expound the chapter, Dravadravya vijnaniya—knowledge of liquid materials; thus said Atreya and other
great sages.

Toya varga—(group of waters)
Gañgãmbu—( rain water) :—

              Enlivening, satiating, comforting (healthy) to the heart (mind), refreshing, stimulating the intellect, thin, of imperceptible tastes, slightly sweet, cold (coolant), easily 1igestable nectorike in property/effect, are the properties of gangambu (rain water) which has fallen from the sky, coming in contact with sunlight, moonlight and wind, Its good or bad, depends chiefly on the region and season.
              The properties described above are those of rain water collected in a clean vessel directly, a little while after the commencement of rain, especially so when there is bright sunlight. It should be consumed within a few hours as it loses its properties by storing. It is not good in all seasons. In olden days rain water used to be pure and so good for health, but not so now-a-days. With the increasing industrialisation, the atmosphere has become contaminated with poisonous gases, fumes and dust, so the rain Water coming down form the clouds gets polluted to a great extent, because of this only we hear of sour rain, salty rain, crimson rain etc. frequently. Use of such polluted rain water for drinking is not good for health.

        Rain water which makes the boiled rice kept in a clean silver plate neither too moist nor change its colour is to to cousiderd as good fir drinking,

Sãmurathbu—(seawater) : 31T II ‘4 ii

water are called saiudra (a water), they should not be used for drinking except (during (Septerxiber’October/autum season).
The terms gangambu (also called saindrämbu) and sãmudrãmbu also denote potable water and unpotable (contaminated, unsuited or drinking) respectively. During ãsvayuja month there will be the appearance of Agastya naksatra (the star canopus) which is said to remove the poisonous properties of water and other things of the earth, hence permission to use other kinds of water also for drinking during this season.

Rain water, collected in a good  vessel and which has not become changed (in colour taste, touch etc.), should be used for drinking always. In its absence, the water of the earth, which resembles rainwater (in all its qualities) collected from places which are clean, and vast, having black or white soil, and exposed to sunlight and breeze.

contaminated water :—

    The water which is dirty, being mixed with slush, algae, weeds and leaves, which is not exposed to sunlight and wind, which is a mixture of old and fresh, which is thick, heavy (not easily digestible), frothy, containing worms, hot (by nature), causes tingling of teeth by being very cold, that rain.

water which is unseafowl or though seasonal that of the first rain, (before the appetence of Agstya nakastra), that contaminated with the webs, saliva, urine, faeces of spider etc., and such other poisonous materials, should not be used for drinking.




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