The Three Gunas: Understanding Nature’s Fundamental Forces

The gunas are energy forces that entwine together to generate the universe and all that exists within it

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Many ancient religions, including yoga, Buddhism, and Hinduism, teach that everything in the cosmos is made out of energy. Pixabay

BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY

Ayurveda offers a unique understanding for comprehending nature’s vital energies and demonstrating how to deal with them on all levels. Nature, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, is made up of three characteristics, which are the basic energies of cosmic intelligence that govern our spiritual development. In Sanskrit, these are known as gunas, which translate to strands or characteristics that weave together to produce the cosmos and everything in it. There are three Gunas, each with its own distinct characteristics: tamas (stability), rajas (activity), and sattva (balance) (consciousness).

They are found in all living things, including humans, in varying degrees of concentration and combination. They can also be found in all-natural and man-made items. As a result, even the food we consume matters if we want to foster positive behavior. Many ancient religions, including yoga, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, teach that everything in the cosmos is made out of energy. Similarly, the gunas are energy forces that entwine together to generate the universe and all that exists within it.

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People who are under their influence are blind to their oneness with God and the rest of creation, as well as the presence of God among them. Awareness of the gunas offers a GPS for yoga practitioners, allowing us to make decisions that are more balanced, calm, and harmonious both on and off the mat. Here’s a deeper understanding of what the three gunas actually are.

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Awareness of the gunas offers a GPS for yoga practitioners, allowing us to make decisions that are more balanced and harmonious. Pixabay

Tamas

Tamas appears as impurity, lethargy, and gloom. It is the result of ignorance and keeps all beings from seeing reality. Tamas kills plant materials in nature so that they can be reabsorbed into the ground and nurture new life. Tamasic energy is prominent in your body’s muscles, bones, and flesh; in asana practice, it roots your feet and aids in balance. When you are sad or have a big emotional weight that makes it difficult to get out of bed, tamasic energy is prominent in your head. When tamas is present, it is difficult to be enthusiastic about anything. To reduce the amount of tamasic materials in your mind and body, avoid consuming tamasic meals such as alcohol, meat, and processed meals, and partaking in tamasic activities such as overeating, oversleeping, etc can be beneficial.

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Tamas kills plant materials in nature so that they can be reabsorbed into the ground and nurture new life. Pixabay

Rajas

Rajas manifest itself via passion, activity, energy, and motion. It is defined by feelings of connection, longing for fulfillment, and desire. Rajas is driven by a desire for a goal or an end result that will grant it power. While Rajas is exhilarating and pleasurable in the short term, its imbalanced nature quickly leads to pain and suffering. Distress and conflict are caused by the force of passion. Being upset with your work or relationships, as well as overexerting yourself in your practice or barging into situations without consideration for what others feel or need, can lead rajas to dominate. Avoid rajasic meals such as fried and spicy meals, as well as stimulants such as coffee, if you wish to lower your rajas level.

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Sattva

Sattva is radiant presence, undiluted truth, and loving, selfless conduct. Sattva is a clear, focused, peaceful, and responsive characteristic. It lacks fear, aggression, fury, and malice. People desire to expand their guna in order to achieve Samadhi or liberation. Sattva may be increased through diminishing rajas and tamas in both the mind and body. Eat sattvic foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes to achieve this. Also, by practicing yoga and leading a nonviolent lifestyle, associating with good people, and engaging in activities that bring you and others joy, you may strengthen the sattvic aspects in your mind and body.