Which Guna Are You Leaning Toward?

Gita doesn’t ask you to renounce the world. Neither does it ask you to live a satvik life in the Himalayas. So, what does it ask of you?

Look, how brilliantly Ved Vyas Maharshi has set the stage for Bhagavad Gita. It was not said by a sage dressed in saffron nor was it said in a quiet ashram. But by a teacher who is married with kith and kin, the stage is nothing peaceful-it is a battlefield and the advice given was to wage the war.

What was the Maharshi thinking? The essence of the Upanishads could easily be retold in a more pacific setting but he chose otherwise. He did it again when he told the story of an Enlightened butcher who imparted knowledge to a Sage in Mahabharata.

What is he trying to convey? He is trying to teach us something very subtle. That it doesn’t matter what you do here but what matters is your Intention & Thought behind that action. How should you act and what should be your thought?

So, in Chapter 14- he explains the gunas in detail

  • Their source
  • How they bind you to the perishables
  • What causes them
  • How they come in cycles
  • How to identify which is predominant at the moment
  • What would happen to you if you favour one over the other
  • What would be the fruits of action performed in these modes
  • How should you be when the gunas are in action
  • Characteristics of those who have transcended the three gunas(14:22-25)

At last, Gita recommends you to transcend all three. How do you do that? Now when these are in action, you witness them and do not own their actions nor their consequences.

Who transcends these gunas? Who believes and thinks
Naiva Kincit Karomiti-“I am doing nothing at all”

Now….You may ask:”what am I to do with these” “Do I keep telling myself I am doing nothing at all”

Just by repeating, no change would come by. If you believe you are what you think then only pay attention to those thoughts that don’t paralyse you. Those would be satvik in nature and slowly such thoughts would multiply.

If you keep practising the above. You will know this-

  • That you have the power over your thoughts(whatever they may be in nature(sattva, rajas, tamas))
  • You can choose over them
  • You are giving power to the thoughts of your choice
  • When you do not pay attention, they die down.

So you can safely come to this conclusion that the gunas/modes are not YOU. Also, You should be someone above them in authority.

With this knowledge, stop owning them. You are not the action nor the result. The gunas are doing their job and they are in your field of awareness.

So, whatever needs to be done, the body & mind combined would do it. We aren’t helping anyone here so we needn’t boast about it or vice versa.

Finally, give credit where its due.Don’t take it on you 🙂

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Sumi Nath

I strongly believe in the maxim 'I am what I think'. A Business degree holder taught to pose 'What's In It For Me?', is now seeking to understand the Real Self. My journey is what you will read here.

6 thoughts on “Which Guna Are You Leaning Toward?”

  1. I always had a doubt.
    Scriptures say that in order to attain total liberation we need to go beyond three modes of nature which are sattvic, rajas and Tamas.
    But, as I’m a person who wants to follow karma yoga, how can i transcend sattvic and rajas because they are the very need for my existence.
    Moreover i feel very happy and liberated whenever I have sattvic thoughts.
    So why should I transcend sattvic, if I’m happy with it.
    And if I’m happy with sattvic, does This mean that I’m not free.

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    1. That is the very nature of sattva guna-happiness. But even that is tainted as it binds u to the worldly things.
      for example, altruism brings happiness but that is derived from an altruistic act..But scriptures say you are not the act nor the result but a witnesser. Happiness should not be a result of something. You as an Atman is beyond the purview of cause & effect.
      Although Sattvic guna is a required step you still need to transcend that.
      Stay as an observer and observe the mind being a karma yogi. We can’t shut the faculties but we should stay a bystander to it’s activities.

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      1. How can i transcend sattvic, when I see people in hunger, degradation of moral values and principles.
        I think liberation is only possible when everyone in our society becomes sattvic.
        I think for me its better to be bounded by sattvic than to reach enlightment by leaving everyone behind.

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      2. Hahaha..your mind is indeed sattvic :)..But you are missing a big point..,please contemplate-
        who is saying I feel liberated when I am in sattvic mode( is that u or ur mind)
        who is feeling bad about the society
        who is saying I rather be a sattvic
        who is seeking enlightment

        It should not be you bcz u r already liberated..someone in u thinks he is bounded, feels bad about society . maybe he is thinking of enlightment…who is that?

        we are not here to change the society..this is a stage set fr us to identify our self. society is a group of ppl, if I look at the world differently then maybe change will come by.

        But I respect your view. Here, we can be whatever we want to 🙂

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      3. Yes. You are right. Awareness is beyond these notions.
        I know if I’m too attached to the notion of changing the society and if society doesn’t change i will feel bad.
        You are right in saying.
        I have practice detachment from my thoughts, but I think everyone has some purpose in his life, maybe it’s better to follow your own dharma than to follow some one else’s.
        Maybe transcending sattvic could be my next aim in New body. 😁
        Thank you for the explanation and giving me insights. 😊

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