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Vibhatsa or Disgust is the Rasa that lies at the basis of Depression, though that state may also include other Rasas. Still, the Disgust Rasa as self-pity is at the basis of it.
Vibhatsa is a feeling of Disgust or dissatisfaction with oneself and others. Vulgar, uncivilized, and perverted actions, using bad words and manners, and showing bad intentions to others are all manifestations of the Vibhatsa Rasa.
Though the problem of self-pity is basically mental and supported by bad body chemistry, the ego has the power to control it or to surrender to this feeling of Disgust. The ego may lose the power to control Vibhatsa if it has been deeply hurt by seeing bad intentions behind the words and deeds of others, making the person feel cheated.
With the mind freely wielding negative thoughts and illusions of sense- and self-gratification, Vibhatsa leads to the neglect of responsibilities, often with regard to one's health and loved ones. Strength and will are destroyed - the ego becomes the king that has forsaken his country. This neglect in Disgust creates deteriorating, highly tamasic, body chemistry, and new failures in daily life, only further securing the chains of the trap. Disgust also creates bad karma.
Paying attention to one's health avoids bad body chemistry. Using sufficiently hot spices helps digestion and avoids the overpowering by tamas, a major cause of Disgust.
The best reaction to feelings of Disgust is to ignore them, recognizing that they lead nowhere but downward. The main task in mastering Disgust is to simply stop negative identification. When longer periods of Vibhatsa persist, confidence and will must be strengthened by strict disciplines.
Depression is a complex emotional state that involves the Disgust Rasa foremost, but may also include the Sadness and Fear Rasas.
Some people in depression have psychological problems whose origin and therapeutic cure go far beyond the Rasas and the scope of this website.
The depression discussed here is the one that happens to many people now and then. As an emotional state, depression is rather complex because it involves the Disgust Rasa as self-contempt and dissatisfaction, but may also include the Sadness and Fear Rasas. The person in depression may then shift from self-pity to sadness to fear and back to self-pity. When each of these Rasas manifests individually, they may quite naturally subside after having run their course. If one shifts from one to the otherunhappy Rasa however, one can only sink deeper and it is hard to get out of the resulting depression.
Nevertheless, it is important to realize that Disgust - as severe dissatisfaction with oneself - is at the basis of depression. Many depressed people will disagree with that statement, feeling that nobody can understand their problem because they cannot understand it themselves. The reason for that confusion (which is typical for a state of depression) precisely lies within the mixture of Rasas, which makes it difficult to state that this or that is the cause of it.
Still, to tackle the basic issue of self-contempt is the best way out of depression. Hence for people in depression, the advice given for mastering Disgust is best : keep good company, enjoy uplifting sensory input, purify body chemistry and mind and most of all stop identifying with errors made in the past ! You may remain sad about the past or afraid of the future for some time longer, but do not take it personal. Do not feel like you are bound by those past errors, that you would be destined to make them again and again. Nobody is, everybody can change anytime. Depression is not anybody's natural state.
Vibhatsa Rasa Chart
Basic Rasa : Disgust
Sub-Rasas : Depression, Dissatisfaction, Vulgarity
Dominant Element : Water
Dominant Dosha : Kapha
Dominant Guna : Tamas
Dominant Kosha : Mind (Manomayi Kosha)
Friendly Rasas : Wonder, Anger, Courage
Enemy Rasas : Love
Neutral Rasas : Joy, Sadness, Fear, Peace
Rasa Produced : Fear
Siddhi : Prakam (power to assume any form)
Deity : Mahakala
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