Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Q & A3- Satwa Rajas and Thamas

dear sir,
what satwa, raja, thamo gunas? where do they come from?

what i've heard:
satwa guna is to be a sadhu. to accept and excuse all the sins done against us.

thamo guna is to be voilent. to punish the person who harms us.

rajo guna is to be in between these two.

now the question arises that if god is above all these, why did he act as guru datta, buddha, rama, krishna, narasimha, kali, durga, mahishasura mardhini, rudra, dakshinamurthy, etc... who are role models of the gunas


Satwa, characterised by lightness, consciousness, pleasure and clarity, is pure, free from disease and cannot be disturbed in any way.

Rajas, the most active of the gunas, has motion and stimulation as its characteristics.

While Tamas is characterised by heaviness and resistance. It produces disturbances in the process of perception and activities of the mind.

Satwa activates the senses and is responsible for the perception of knowledge.

All desires, wishes, ambitions and fickle-mindedness are a result of Rajas.

Delusion, false knowledge, laziness, apathy, sleep and drowsiness are due to Tamas.

God is called Gunatheetha.. -the one above the Gunas. But that is in the supreme pure state.. Nirguna Brahma state.

Once He assumes forms..in order to suit the mind of different variety of people in the world. Here, He voluntarily accepts these gunas (or rather exhibits that he has this guna)(though he remains untouched by these gunas) in order to reach the devotees..

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