The 3 Gunas

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In Indian philosophy there are 3 guidelines (or gunas) that describe the state of being a person takes on during their lifetime. These various states of being shift and change and people can move from one to another much like a progression. The first and lowest state is ‘Tamas’. This state is characterized by low energy also described as inertia, ignorance, or darkness. The next state is ‘Rajas’ and is characterized by high energy, passion, activity, and restlessness. The final state is that of ‘Sattva’ – purity, calm, and goodness. It is characterized by white light and nurturing spirit. It is the true self. After a person has evolved through these states, pure enlightenment can occur. This is only one school of thought, not the end-all-be-all, but there is some practical application here. When we notice ourselves being sloth and unproductive, we can recognize this tendency as Tamas and quickly shift out of it into a higher, more positive state like that of Rajas. We can then be more active and become passionate about our desires, so long as they are for the good of all. Eventually we will see that this high energy needs to be released and we can find bliss and pure joy in serving others as we make our way into Sattva. Becoming aware of our nature and state of being is the first step toward change. If we want to elevate to higher states of positivity and unconditional love, we must seek to understand where we are RIGHT NOW. Have compassion towards yourself and love where you are. Thank yourself for realizing this and make a declaration to reach a higher level of consciousness. 

It starts with awareness,