Questions tagged [gunas]

Guna appears in many ancient and medieval era Indian texts. Depending on the context and according to various Hinduism philosophies like Nyaya , Vaisheshika ,Bhagavad Gita ,cosmology etc.

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Effect of the three Gunas on Karma

Can someone explain this with examples As far as i understand, a person responds to a situation as per their guna. But are situations too tailored to the match a person's guna? My question is not ...
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Which scripture classifies the 18 mahapuranas based on the three gunas (sattva, tamas and rajas)? [duplicate]

We all know that there are 18 Mahapuranas and have also heard that 6 each are categorized in different gunas - sattva, tamas and rajas. I would like to know the reference if any of the purana or ...
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What are sattva, rajas and tamas?

What are these three gunas that are discussed in advaita? How are these stopping us from realizing god? How does a person attain these gunas? If the gunas are not good, does that mean we all are not ...
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How to reduce Tamasic qualities?

Is it possible to reduce Tamogun (Tamasic qualities) ? If so, then which steps can be taken to reduce Tamogun by following: Worship, Behaviour, Mental attitude and Seva It would be great if any ...
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Does ISKCON advocate birth-based caste-system or guṇa-based? And on what basis?

What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If they believe one's varṇa is based on their guṇa: Do they reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Are the different timings of day dominated by particular guna?

Are the different timings of day dominated by a particular guna be it sattva, rajasic or tamasic? If yes, what is prominent at which time?
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Why are Daityas Sattvic according to the Manusmriti?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of this question. The Manusmriti has this verse about the types of bodies one can enter due to different Gunas. Here are the bodies can can be born in due to ...
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Do the three Gunas apply only in the materialistic plane?

In other words - Does Brahman and humans who have achieved enlightenment have these Gunas?
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Is the Sattva-Rajas-Tamas classification considered important in Advaita?

Since the Advaitic Brahman has no qualities - it must be that all these Gunas are obstructions to achieving Samadhi. Are there Advaitic statements that one must transcend all three Gunas?
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Is “Tamas” always something negative?

"Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya" is a famous example. There are innumerable negative mentions of "Tamasic puranas". Are there scriptures that say Tamas isn't a negative quality? Ramakrishna has a parable ...
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Do Itihāsas other than Bhagawat Geetā talk about the three Gunas?

Bhagavad Gitā does talk about the Gunas - are there any other instances in the itihāsas there is the mention of three Gunas?
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For those who support guna-based or behavior-based caste theory, how do you determine someone's guna?

The critics of the birth-based caste system and those who support the behavior-based caste system, cite these verses from the Bhagavad Gita in support of their theory: Bg 18.41 — Brāhmaṇas, ...
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What does Rajas mean?

•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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Does the Skanda Purana classify Puranas into Sattva and Tamas?

It is well known that Padma Purana classify Puranas into three which is shown below: Sattva: Vishnu Purana, Bhagavata Purana, Naradeya Purana, Garuda Purana, Padma Purana, Varaha Purana Rajas: ...
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Gunas and Gods worshipped by persons of the Guna

Sattviks worship Devatas and divine forms, people of Rajasik nature worship Yakshas/ Rakhsas and the Thamasik natured worship devilish evil spirits. BG. Chapter 17, Shloka 4 So it would appear that ...
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From which scripture is the concept of Shuddha Sattva from?

According to Sri Vaishnavism, liberated souls who reach Vaikunta, the eternal inhabitants of Vaikunta, and Para Vasudeva, all have bodies made of Shuddha Sattva matter, which is achit that doesn't ...
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How can Brahman possibly be devoid of qualities?

If Brahman and Prakriti are not separate, but two sides of the same coin ... i.e. if Brahman 'IS' Prakriti, then that makes Brahman full of qualities. How can it possibly be devoid of attributes when ...
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Is the Divine Body of Krishna beyond Nirguna and Saguna? [closed]

The phenomenal and celestial realms are filled with the constant ebb and flow of the gunas which are sattva, rajas and tamas. Is the Divine Body of Krishna made from gunas, or is he there in these ...
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How does the quality of “Tamas” viz. “ignorance”, affect Moksha/Liberation?

There are 3 qualities for any being or existence, named as : Sattva (illumination), Rajas (passion), Tamas (ignorance). Gita discusses them in great detail. According to it, the quality of Rajas is ...
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Is Rajo guna the reason for allowing kings to have multiple wives?

I want to know the reason for allowing kings to take multiple wives. Is it Rajo guna or any other reason based on Shruti, Smriti, Puranas?
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Astrological signs and śūdra-like nature [duplicate]

According to this answer on Quora.com: In the astrological context, which determines a person’s character, everyone born under the rising signs (lagna) of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius is ...
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, at what age can one be certified a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), at what age can a person be certified as a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc? ...
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc., based ...
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Does the Matsya Purana forbid one to read Rajasika and Tamasika Puranas?

Padma Purana, Uttara Khanda, Chapter 236 states: सात्विका मोक्षदाः प्रोक्ताः राजसा सर्वदा अशुभाः । तथैव तामसा देवि निरयप्राप्तिहेतवः ।। Among these puranas Satvika Puranas lead one to ...
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Under what guna is Maya categorised?

Does Maya (Materialistic illusion) fall into one of the following three categories: Sattva Rajas Tamas Or is maya categorized as nirguna or that which is beyond the three gunas?
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Vedic verses connecting Gunas and Varnas

Are there any verses in the Vedas, CLEARLY connecting Gunas with Varnas? Let me clarify what I am looking for. I am looking for verses that define; A particular Guna or a combination of particular ...
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Is meat Rajasik or Tamasik? [duplicate]

Some call it Rajasik. Some call it Tamasik. Is meat mentioned as Rajasik or Tamasik food in our texts?
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Is the notion of sattvik, tamasic and rajasic puranas genuine?

e.g. Ramanuja has said that any Puranic content that disagrees with Vishnu purana is Tamasic. Ramanuja's criterion would make the widespread Narasimha story Tamasic since it occurs only in a ...
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Are triguNas related to paramANu (sub-atomic particles)?

We know that the world consists of trigunas. On the other hand we know that atom is basic element of matter. Interestingly the sub atomic particles also seem related to the clarification of three ...
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Are the 3 gunas mentioned in the Vedas?

Are the 3 gunas, namely, sattva, rajas, tamas mentioned in the Vedas? I know they are mentioned throughout the Smrtis, notably the Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, and the Sankhya Smriti. In fact, the 3 gunas ...
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Classification of Mahapuranas on the three Gunas Sat, Rajas and Tamas

Wikipedia on “Puranas” have shown classification of the Mahapuranas on the basis of the three gunas of Sat, Rajo and Tamo with the caveat “Scholars consider the Sattva-Rajas-Tamas classification as "...
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Using Tamasic vegetables(Onion, Garlic mainly of significance here) in temples

Is there any explicit rule in Indian vedas that states Onions should not be used for cooking in temples. I recently had a debate (Personally found it silly) and the research ended in Ayurvedic ...
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Is there any relationship between Sat, Chit, Ananda, and the Three gunas Sattva, Rajas and Tamas?

I wondered if there were any relationship between those concepts.
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If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin?

EXPLANATION : A brahmin is considered to be of Purity(Sattva guna) and Sudra of Impurity(Tamas guna). Both Brahmin and Sudra position are given to a person who is Born in that varnas(Brahmin Varna , ...
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Law determining changing of modes of material nature [duplicate]

The Bhagavat Gita says: 14.10 Sometimes the mode of passion becomes prominent, defeating the mode of goodness, O son of Bharata. And sometimes the mode of goodness defeats passion, and at ...
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Will saying something in anger come true?

According to Hinduism, will saying done thing in anger come true. For example, a father says to his son in a fit of rage, "You will kill me!" Does Hunduism believe these words will come true? If so,...
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What are the 32 auspicious traits of Narayana or Lord Vishnu?

Shree Narayana is the Vedic Supreme God according to Vedas, Itihasas, Bhagavata Purana and Other Puranas (including his different avatars ) in Hinduism. He is also known as Vishnu and Hari and is ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after? What were his views on consumption of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food? PS. Please ...
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Which scripture describes six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes) of Vishnu?

Vaishnav(ism) consider Vishnu as the supreme. I found that Vaishnav believes that Vishnu/Supreme has following six kalyana gunas (auspicious attributes): [According to Vedanta Brahman has sat-chit-...
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How to progress spiritually without discrimination?

When I first make some progress in spiritual life, I have to develop some discrimination for certain things like food, friends, activities, etc... But I soon realized that I'm creating my very own ...
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Why is Shiva purana called a Tamasic purana?

I have this confusion from a long time as to why other texts categorize Shiva Purana as a Taamasic Purana. None of the holy books say bad things, same is with this book. I have read this and I don't ...
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Do the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva) cleanly map onto the 3 gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas)?

I've read Shiva referred to as "tamasic", and Brahma seems to be a suitable embodiment of sattva. However, rajas doesn't fit very well here. I'm not sure how to match the energy/activity aspects of ...
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Is there any relationship between the caste system and kundalis/gunas matching as it relates to marriage?

I have heard/read that in some cases a marriage is forbidden on the basis of mismatching kundalis/gunas. In some other cases it's forbidden because of caste incompatibility. Is there any ...
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Do we get the nature of those gods whom we worship?

I would like to know whether we get the nature of those gods we worship. Lord Bramha is said to have Sattva guna, Lord Vishnu Raja guna and Lord Shiva Tama guna. What is the nature of the devotees of ...
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What are Tamasic, Rajasic and Sattvic foods?

In Hinduism, food is categorized into Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic, or combination of them. What does these categories signify? Can anyone consume food from any of these categories? Are there any ...