The following is a name in Lalitha sahastranaama

Guna atheetha She who is beyond properties

I want to know what exactly Guna means in this name. Does it stands for property or related to three Gunas: Satva, Rajas, and Thamas.

The latter found to be more apt for me based on the following verse in Geetha

When wise persons see that in all work there is no agent of action other than the three guṇas, and they know Me to be transcendental to these guṇas, they attain My divine nature.

[19, Chapter 14 : Guṇa Traya Vibhāg Yog, Bhagavad Gita]

Am I correct? I am asking this question because the name seems to be apt for other interpretations (guna as property) also.

Based on the context in which the name appears, what can be the exact interpretation for the name?

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    there is also a name 'nirakar' there so this may refer to the satva/raja... definition Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 11:45

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The word guna appears twice in the Sri Lalita Sahasranama. Swami Tapasyananda interprets the word guna as virtue in one case and Sattva, Rajas and Tamas in the other case.

Om guna - nidhaye namah

Sri Lalita Sahasranama 604

Salutations to Her who is a treasure house of virtues.

Commentary by Swami Tapasyananda

Om gun'atitayai namah

Sri Lalita Sahasranama 961

Salutations to Her who transcends the three Gunas of Prakrti known as Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.

Commentary by Swami Tapasyananda

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