The Three Gunas
(QUALITIES OF HUMAN TEMPERAMENT)
QUALITIES OF HUMAN TEMPERAMENT
Yoga suggests that there are three major qualities of human temperament:
|Tamas||Dullness||Aversion, sloth, ignorance, inertia, and depression.|
|Rajas||Excitement||Desire, reaction, restlessness, over-excitement, and mania.|
|Sattva||Balance||Holistic health, integration, consistency, mind, intelligence, sanity, and wisdom.|
INFLUENCE OF THE THREE QUALITIES UPON THE SEVEN CHAKRAS
The proportion of gunas within our system is dependent upon our holistic diet - the health and input into our system through each chakra.
For self development purposes we aim for a holistically sattvic diet.
The primary ways in which our chakras are influenced by the gunas are:
- PHYSICAL: Food, diet, exercise, environment, lifestyle.
- EMOTIONAL: How we respond to our environment and activities.
- MENTAL: The way we think.
THE NON-SATTVIC EGO
In terms of the Yoga Gunas, the Selfish Ego thrives on Tamas (selfish aversion) and Rajas (selfish desire) gunas. This is why the Enlightened inform us to create and maintain a Sattvic, Spiritual lifestyle. Then we will be less entangled with the Selfish Ego and create an inner space to analyze, understand, purify, and overcome it.