|The three categories of human behaviour
(also called modes, attitudes or gunas )
Satva, Rajas and Tamas, meaning roughly,
divine, dynamic and dark (or dull).
In reality no man or woman has any one of
these gunas in an exclusive manner.
It is always a mixture of the three.
These three gunas are the three strands which constitute the Prakriti.
Prakriti means Nature, in general
but actually stands for it in its broadest sense encompassing
the entire universe of matter and material,
in fact anything which is inert.
|They are actually Nature's concomitant and indispensable strands.
Satva is that of equilibrium and serenity.
Rajas is that of dynamism and kinesis.
Tamas is that of ignorance and inertia.
These three are inextricably interwoven in all forms of
cosmic existence and phenomenon
|The imperishable resident of the body, namely the jiva or the individual soul is by itself free but what binds it to the transmigratory cycle of births and deaths is the Prakriti through the three gunas. Of these,
is made up of desire,
likes and dislikes, and
attachment to objects
of desire. It binds man by
repeatedly involving him
in the dynamics of work.
reaction to action,
a constant distraction
and so an antithesis
to peace and calm.
It attaches one to action.
is born out of ignorance
and deludes man
from his real nature.
It binds by the dark
It attaches one to
error and inaction.
because of its purity of quality
is the cause of
light and illumination.
It binds man, however,
by creating an attachment
to knowledge, happiness
|Copyright Ó V. Krishnamurthy|
|February 9, 1999|
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