•What is Rajas guna?

•Is it the harmony between sattva and tamas? (according to my interpretation)

•Or does it mean something else and broad?

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What does Rajas mean?

It is an independent guna of Prakriti.

From the Manusmriti:

Know Sattva, Rajas and Tamas to be the three qualities of the Self, by means of which the Great One completely pervades all these beings.—(24)

Whichsoever of these qualities wholly predominates in a body, it makes the owner of that body abound in that quality.—(25)

‘Sattva’ has been declared to be Knowledge, ‘Tamas,’ to be Ignorance, and ‘Rajas,’ to be Love and Hate;—such is the nature of these, all-pervading and interpenetrating all beings.—(26)

What is mixed with pain and brings unhappiness to the Soul,—know that to be ‘Rajas,’ imperceptible and constantly attracting embodied beings.—(28)

Proneness to undertake work, impatience, commission of improper acts, constant addiction to sensual objects are the characteristics of the quality of ‘Rajas.’—(32)

When, by a certain act, the man desires great fame in this world, and does not mind failure—this should be understood to partake of the quality of ‘Rajas.’—(36)

Pleasure is the distinguishing feature of ‘Tamas,’ ‘Wealth’ is described to be that of ‘Rajas,’ and ‘Spiritual Merit’ is the distinguishing feature of ‘Sattva,’—each succeeding one of these being superior to the preceding.—(38)

  • So isn't Rajas the harmony between Sattva and Tamas? Sattva = good, Rajas = neutral, Tamas= evil... Feb 2, 2019 at 15:06
  • @StewartGilliganGriffin I wouldn't say it's the harmony between sattva and tamas, but Rajas is indeed neutral, whereas sattva is good and tamas is bad.
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 2, 2019 at 16:18
  • I think rajas is also evil to some extent. I read in devi bhagvata puran that the fruit of satvik puja is always sweet , and that of rajsik puja (that done with the intent of getting reward) is misery and of tamsic pooja ,it is always doom. And rajsik person has desires. Don't you think desires also lead to evil? Feb 2, 2019 at 16:26
  • @StewartGilliganGriffin Yes, rajas can and does lead to evil, and it should be avoided, but in relation to sattva and tamas, rajas is in the middle. Sattva always leads to happiness, rajas to happiness and misery, whereas tamas always leads to sorrow.
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 2, 2019 at 16:28
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    @StewartGilliganGriffin "What guna is dominant when someone is so desperate to convince others?" - Rajas, because it is about quarreling, ego, victory, etc.
    – Ikshvaku
    Feb 4, 2019 at 17:53

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