Three Gunas or Modes of Existence
Guna means virtue. The gunas are primarily responsible for our predominant traits, actions and modes of behaviour.
Vedicology awareness program on the three gunas present The importance of gunas and their influence upon human behaviour according to the Bhagavadgita. Awareness Program or workshop on the Three Gunas is conducted at the Vedicology Center for Spiritual Empowerment, Annanagar, Chennai, India as classroom sessions facilitated by Vedicology team members.
Gunas exist in all beings, including individuals, in a variety of levels of concentration and combination.
They also exist in all objects and organic products. Hence, the food that we eat is important if we want to cultivate decent behaviour. Depending upon their comparative strengths and ratios, the gunas determine the nature of beings, things, their actions, behaviour, attitude and attachments and their participation with the objective world in which they dwell.
The primary intention of the gunas in the living beings is to produce bondage, through needs for sense objects, which lead to different attachments with them and which in turn keep them bound to the world and under the endless control of Prakriti (7.13).
The Role Of Gunas In Creativity
The gunas are born from Prakriti. The Self does not Reside in them but they reside in him (7.12). Ahead of creation, they remain inactive and at a state of ideal balance in the Primordial Nature (Mula Prakriti). When their balance is disrupted, creation sets in motion and the diversity of beings and objects come into existence, each possessing the triple gunas in various proportions. The admixture (panchikarana) of the gunas and the components (mahabhutas) is nicely explained from the Paingala Upanishad.
Beings from the higher worlds contain the predominance of Sattva; Beings in the lower worlds has the prevalence of tamas and people in the centre worlds contain the prevalence of rajas. In people, each of the three Gunas is present in various levels of prevalence according to their spiritual purity and karmic progress across lifetimes.
Behavioural Influence by the three gunas
The gunas are responsible for the behaviour and natural propensities of living beings. Human beings are also subject to their influence. Under their control, people lose their capacity to discern truths, their essential nature or their true selves.
- Sattva is pure, without impurities, illuminating and free from illness. It binds the soul through attachment to knowledge and happiness (14.6).
- . Rajas is filled with fire (ragatmakam) and is born out of “thrishna” (thirst or intense desire) and “sanga” (attachment). It binds the soul through attachment to action (14.7).
- Tamas is the shadow and the crudeness in man. It’s “ajnanajam” (made of ignorance) and”mohanam” (the cause of delusion).
The gunas also affect religion, resolve, professional choices and nature of connections. The division of human beings to the four categories is also due to the influence of gunas only. They regulate every aspect of human existence and the world generally. In the eighteenth chapter of Bhagavad Geeta, we come across a detailed description of how guys with these 3 qualities act and act differently and engage themselves in distinct religious, karmic and religious pursuits.
The Resolution Of The Gunas
The three qualities mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita is not to encourage us to become sattvic or eliminate other attributes. When they’re active, we remain bound to a single thing or another. We cannot be free until they are totally resolved.
Hence, the Bhagavadgita indicates that we ought to try to transcend them rather than nurture them. By knowing the nature of the three gunas and the way in which they have a tendency to keep us in bed and illusion, we should become wiser and strive to surpass them.
Prudent Decisions And Stay On The Ideal Side Of Existence.
Cultivation of purity is in the origin of all spiritual traditions of ancient India. In the present world, where tamas and rajas predominate, it’s even more significant. Aside from spirituality, knowledge of the gunas can also be valuable in life.
The following are a number of examples, where you may utilize the knowledge and comprehension of the three Gunas to safeguard yourself from potential problems.
- The profession you choose. Select your job carefully based on your nature and that which you would like to attain in life. Choosing a Particular profession can lead to your spiritual downfall if you are not careful on what you choose.
- Marriage and friendship. It’s essential to consider the play of gunas in choosing your friends or marriage partner. You need to see the play of gunas in these relationships if you want to match or fit your own nature.
- Education and speciality. Should you pursue your academic career depending on your character, you will not suffer from stress or conflicts, and you’ll have greater odds of success in your professional career.
- Parents have to help their children nurture the predominance of sattva, so that when they mature they won’t only have positive and pleasant personalities but also the right discretion in making their decisions.
- Food and lifestyle choices. Enhances the vigour and the brilliance of their brain and the body.
Vedicology Awareness program on the three gunas and their modes of existence is conducted at the Vedicology Center for Spiritual Empowerment Annanagar, Chennai, India and is facilitated by Mr.Praveen Saanker and Mr. Eswaran Namboothiri.