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Tamasic Tamasic foods are those that have a sedative effect on the mind and body. In general, they are considered detrimental. According to yoga, these foods are to be avoided as they can cause mental dullness and physical numbness. However, in times of pain they are allowed to alleviate suffering. Examples include: meat of an animal, fish, the fertilized ...


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There are different perspectives. This is an advaita perspective (the belief that all Gods are One.) What are the three gunas The three gunas are: Tamas - this is the quality of laziness, darkness (ignorance) and inertia. Sri Swami Sivananda on tamas process Tamas is inertia or inaction or darkness. Tamas binds man to heedlessness (Pramada), ...


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Maya can't be categorised as Satva, Raja or Tama. Actually Maya is the source of these three Gunas or Gunas are work of Maya. Following verses from Vivekachudamani describes the nature of Maya: Avidya (Nescience) or Maya, called also the Undifferentiated, is the power of the Lord. She is without beginning, is made up of the three Gunas and is superior ...


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Vishnu Purana in 6.5.74 states: "ऐश्वर्यस्य समग्रस्य धर्मस्य यशसरिश्रयः। ज्ञानवैराग्ययोश्चैव षण्णां भग इतीरणा ।।" Complete splendor, virtue, glory, opulence, knowledge, dispassion - these six are known as bhaga. One who possess these Bhaga quality is known as Bhagavan. And the following verses after it identify Bhagavan as Vãsudeva or Lord Vishnu. ...


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Before turning into a Sannyasin, there is a greater possibility that Swamiji might have taken the fish at least as it is a chief diet in Bengal. After becoming a Sannyasin; when Swamiji was in America, some orthodox Hindus accused him of taking forbidden diet. Here is an excerpt: To the accusation from some orthodox Hindus that the Swami was eating ...


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Yes, there is reference to the Tri GunAs in the Vedas. See the following Mantra from Atharva Veda (AV): Pundarikam navadwAram (1) Tribhir gunebhirAvritam (2) Tasmin yad yakshamAtmanvat (3) Tad vai brahmavido viduhu (4). ............. There is a nine-gated lotus (1), covered under three bands of GunAs (tribhir gunebhi) (2), in which lives ...


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Krishna says in the Gita (IV. 34.) Swami Nikhilananda translator: Learn it by prostration, by inquiry and by service. The wise, who have seen the Truth, will teach you that Knowledge. And the Chandogya Upanishad (IV. ix. 3.) Swami Nikhilananda translator: Only the knowledge that is learnt from a teacher leads to the Highest Good. And again in ...


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Yaksha asked Yudhishtir the following question- राजन् कुलेन वृत्तेन स्वाध्यायेन शृतेन वा। ब्राह्मण्यं केन भवति? प्रब्रूह्मोतत्सुनिश्चितं Meaning: King, how does one become a Brahmin: by birth? By conduct? By study of Vedas? By education? Tell me precisely. To which Yudhishtir replies: शृणु यक्ष कुलं तात न स्वाध्यायो न च शृतं कारणं हि द्विजत्वे ...


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The Samkhya Darshana has provided the best explanation about the 3 Gunas according to me. It is also one of the ancient scriptures to talk about these Gunas (it is the 1st among the 6 Darshanas). From SAmkhya kArikA 13: Sattvam laghu prakAshakamishtamupashtambhakam chalancha rajah | Guruvaranakameva tamah pradipavaccArthato vrittih || ...


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Maya is the mother of the three Gunas as rightly said by Rohith under your question. So, she/it can not be categorized under one particular Guna. I have selected few passages from the Devi Bhagavata Purana (abbreviated as DB here) to "describe" the Maya, who/which actually is regarded as incomprehensible: 21-23. O Dvaipâyana! Thus saying, Visnu stopped. ...


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Lord Krishna's body is not made of gunas, He is beyond these gunas since He is Brahman. In the chapter Prayers by Queen Kuntī and Parīkṣit Saved of Srimad Bhagavatham - 1.8.18 Kunti prays to Lord Krishna as: Śrīmatī Kuntī said: O Kṛṣṇa, I offer my obeisances unto You because You are the original personality and are unaffected by the qualities of the ...


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According to Kashmiri Shaivism ultimate reality has gyaan (cognitive apprehension), kriya (activity) and iccha (will, as vedas say 'May I become many'). When the ultimate reality coagulate in association with maayaa owing to its own will, polarization happens. When it happens gyaan or knowledge (cognitive apprehension) gets reduced to buddhi (intelligence), ...


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Here is statement of Lord Maheswara himself from the Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata: Endued with knowledge and science, purified from all dross, and fully conversant with the Vedas, a pious Kshatriya, by his own acts, becomes a Brahmana. It is with the aid of these acts, O goddess, that a person who has sprung from a degraded order, viz., a Sudra, may ...


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There is no mention of any prohibition of herbs like onion/garlic in Ayurveda. Infact Charaka Samhita (Sutrasthana Chapter 27) encourages the use of these herbs. श्लेष्मलोमारुतघ्नश्चपलाण्डुर्नचपित्तनुत् । आहारयोगीबल्यश्चगुरुर्वृष्योऽथरोचनः॥१७५॥ SleShmalo mArutaGnaSca palANDurna ca pittanut | AhArayogI balyaSca gururvRuShyo&tha rocanaH||175|| ...


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Manu Smriti II.168 says: A twice-born man who, not having studied the Veda, applies himself to other (and worldly study), soon falls, even while living, to the condition of a Sudra and his descendents (after him).


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Lord Narayanas of Lord Vishnu's 32 auspicious traits are mentioned in Brahma Moksha Kanda - (Chapter 22 , Verse 4 to 17) of Garuda Purana. तस्मादाहुर्लक्षणेत्येव् सर्वे तलक्क्षणं श्रुणु चादौ खगेन्द्र:। नारायणे पूर्ण गुणे रमेशे द्वात्रिंश संख्याणी सुलक्षणानि ।। 4।। Narayana,the lord of laxami is possessed of Thirty Two auspicious traits.O lord ...


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From yogic perspective, this is what I found in Kriya Yoga book of Raga Ragini Trust, Mysore. Our knowledge of food is usually based only on its gross material content like carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, water and fiber. Yogic concept of food takes into account the total dimension of human existence. Our gross body is formed of atoms and ...


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According to the Smritis, how many wives a person can have depends on his Varna. ´There are four classes: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Of these, according to the order of the classes, a Brahmin may have four wives, a Kshatriya three, a Vaishya two, and a Shudra one. Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 1.16.10 Now, there is some difference of ...


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NO; the mode of Rajas has nothing to do with number of wives. It has obviously nothing to do with Kshatriya-s. Rajas is associated with "desires". All entities have mode of Rajas in them in some amount. It's cause of various sins, as discussed in this answer. BG 14.7 - Rajas is the nature of passion, which is produced from lust & attachment; That ...


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What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? It seems ISKCON advocates guna based caste-system as mentioned in this commentary: Herein it is clearly stated by Nārada Muni that one should not be accepted as a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya or śūdra according to birth, for although this is going on now, it is not ...


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Vishnu and Rudra are Satvic and Tamasic respectively only in view of activities and in nature they are inverse to this. Brahma is always Rajasic. This is explained in Chapter Sixteen: Description of creation in Rudra Samhita Section One of Shiva Purana. (Pg: 253) Vishnu, Rudra and I (Brahma) represent the Gunas. Siva is free from Gunas. He is the ...


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To an extent they are related. Swami Nikhilananda says in his book The Upanishads (V1, p 59): With reference to His [Saguna Brahman] three activities of creation, preservation, and destruction, Saguna Brahman is known as, respectively, as Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra, or Siva. These form the Trimurti, the trinity of Hinduism. The influence of rajas is seen ...


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A Brahmin who does not have the qualities of an ideal Brahmin should have to be treated accordingly.There are many verses in Smritis which say so. Manu Smriti 4.245. A Brahmana who always connects himself with the most excellent (ones), and shuns all inferior ones, (himself) becomes most distinguished; by an opposite conduct he becomes a Sudra. ...


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As per the shastra one attains dwijahood i.e twice born when the samskara i.e sacred thread ceremony is performed. In absence of this even the brahmin is not entitled for vedas. For performing this samskara there are various ages recommended for various varnas. Just like brAhman the kShatriya & vaishya are also entitled to upanayana samskAra and ...


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Krishna is above all these three qualities. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas affect only the residents of Samsara. As he says in the Bhagavad Gita 18.40: na tad asti pṛthivyāṁ vā divi deveṣu vā punaḥ | sattvaṁ prakṛti-jair muktaṁ yad ebhiḥ syāt tribhir guṇaiḥ || There is no being existing, either here or among the demigods in the higher planetary ...


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It is not possible to answer this question since it is not possible to describe Nirguna Brahman. Moreover, the Vedas reveal this; likewise this is mentioned in the Smritis also. Moreover, the Vedas reveal through a negation of other aspects that Brahman has no distinguishing feature, as for instance in, “Now therefore the description (of ...


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The term is explained in Srimad Bhagavatam. Shuddha sattva is a technical term to explain the fact that paramatman has only good qualities without any defects. Here is a beautiful verse from Bhagavatam explaining this viśuddha-sattvaṁ tava dhāma śāntaṁ tapo-mayaṁ dhvasta-rajas-tamaskam māyā-mayo ’yaṁ guṇa-sampravāho na vidyate te grahaṇānubandham ...


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Since you mentioned other scriptural references, I am quoting what Garuda Purana says on the classification of Puranas according to Gunas. Garuda Purana classify Puranas according to Gunas in completely different manner. Garuda Purana, Brahma Khanda, Chapter 1: The Puranas devoted to Vishnu are called Satvikas. These should be preached to peoples ...


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This a partial answer: Brahman is the relationship between Philosophy of Life and Three Gunas. It means the concept of the transcendent and immanent ultimate reality, Supreme Cosmic Spirit. Brahman: The concept of God in Upanishads is the ‘Brahman’ or the Universal Soul (synonymous with The Absolute, Supreme Being or World Spirit – param-atman). ...


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I will say No, Everyone's Curse or Blessings is not going to be true. People who have achieved the power to curse & give blessings, their sayings will only be true. Every Mother wants her son to be a good human or a rich man. She always give her blessings to her son, but for everyone it doesn't become true. Every Father blesses her daughter to lead a ...


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