Saturday, June 4th, 2011
Gunas establishes(constitutes) our mental nature, our individual Prakriti (nature; natural order; primitive shape, foundation, origin, cause).
They are 3 strengths acting at a subtle level, the powers of the nature:
Sattva is the power of the knowledge
Rajas, the power of the action(share)
Tamas, the power of the realization.
Sattva brings us the clarity(brightness), the internal vision and the knowledge of the reality. Tamas is the power of the ignorance. Through Rajas it is the power of the imagination that shows itself, throws(plans) false ideas and deforms the perceptions(collections).
These three strengths have each a role in the nature. The problem intervenes when Tamas ( stability) and Rajas ( energy) prevail. Sattva establishes(constitutes) their balance. The Yoga recommends to develop Sattva and to reduce Tamas and Rajas.
The whole creation is the game(set,play) of the combinations(overalls) of Sattva, Tamas and Rajas. This creation is a phenomenon of every moment as well on the plan microcosmic as macrocosmic. By the game(set,play) of Gunas, we participate around in the life, in its perpetual motion, as actor, subject and as object because we are there also the result(profit). This interrelation between us and the universe returns us to our responsibility for developing things from us, from our own transformation(processing).
All the techniques of Yoga allow to develop Sattva
- Âsana (postures) allow to free(release) the tensions at the physical level and to install(settle) a state of peace.
- The prânâyâmâ allows to join Purusha (the ultimate gasoline(essence) of the man, the One) by way of our material(subject) Prakriti by favoring Sattva.
- Yoga-nidrâ and all the techniques of meditation participate in it fully.
The knowledge results from the quality Sattva,
The greediness results from Rajas
And the confusion, the illusion and the ignorance results from Tamas.
BHAGAVAD GITA XIV. 17
Source(Spring) of the image: svasti.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/the-3-g unas