The quintessential of Ayurveda - The little details that make a huge difference
…To understand the Steps of Evolvement
In this day and age we are literally pushed from this side to that.
“As the tides of the three gunas dominate our lives but most of us spend most of our lives mainly under the sway of one the gunas” - Frawley
The various techniques of yoga, breathing and meditation as well as the intake of various foods help us maintain our stability to minimize the effects of being pulled and pushed by the Gunas in our daily environment and interactions.
Always keep in mind, evolution is perpetual, everything can change, your Guna too, along with your mindset, your health, your habits and your relationships.
So what are the gunas?
“Nature posses a qualitative energy through which we can either expand into wisdom or contract into ignorance “
The Gunas are three naturally arising forces:
Qualities to existence found in nature and within us physically and psychologically
All creative nature described by Sri Krishna in the Gita can be summed up as
purity passion and inertia.
The purity quality = sattwa
The passion quality = Raja
The inertia quality = Tamas
These qualities apply to all aspects of nature and especially to our mind and tendencies we have at all levels.
When we understand the qualities of life, nature, and thought through the Gunas, we can clearly understand the different levels of evolution of the various thinking and behaviour states of ourselves and the world around us, time and time again.
Guna in the surroundings you find yourself in:
Go to a sanctuary, temple, synagogue or church you may feel the influence of Sattwa strongly.
Go to a trading floor at wall street, on public transport at rush hour or a library the night before final exams and you may feel the pulls and drives of Rajas.
Go on a bender in Dubai or Vegas and you will feel the decadence and excess of Tamas.
What we eat and drink can also shift our current Guna:
Ayurveda defines foods and their combinations according to these gunas, even in the way they are prepared.
Satva - The state of balance and harmony
when predominant it influences us towards purity happiness and knowledge
Attributes: peace and tranquillity – deity and purity – meditation and prayer - charity and selfless work - foods like honey, fruit, and seeds
Raja - The state of activity and productivity
when it is the most active it influences us towards the passionate pursuit of satisfying our desires for sensual enjoyment
Attributes: karma and action with good intention and justified motivation – ambitious and prosperous – foods like legumes and strong spices
Tamas - The state of darkness and inertia
which derives from ignorance, and influences us towards heedlessness for example of the needs of others laziness and sleep .
Attributes: urge to take rest before finishing a task or laziness – excessive and indulgent – violent or negative language and behaviour – sensational pleasures – foods that are fried greasy, spicy and stimulants like coffee and alcohol.