रस, rasa

"taste, state"

1. The taste or nature of the activity, the sensation or feeling that prevails in it.

The importance of the concept of Indian philosophy and aesthetics, figured in the teachings of Kashmir Shaivism and subsequently preserved by Krishna mystics-bhaktas. In Kashmiri and in theories of aesthetics, there is a specific experience that arises in the process of perception of art and other objects. 

Abhinavagupta distinguished 9 main rasas: love, fun, sorrow, courage, anger, fear, disgust, surprise, peace. Rasas are also related to the religious experience of individual souls both in relation to God, to each other, and the world.

2. The property of taste. One of the five tanmatras – subtle properties of objects that are perceived by the senses (jnanendriyas).