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  • n. Plural form of guna.


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  • The gunas are the three prime qualities of nature, which manifest in various combinations in all things.

    The Sivananda Companion To Meditation

  • Hindus understand this in the context of gunas qualities and karma, which in turn shape each of our temperaments toward a particular set of right actions.

    Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.: God, The Gita And Football

  • When the Indian school of philosophy, the Samkhyas, say that the universe comes from permanent, primal matter – what they call prakriti, with its three universal constituents, the three gunas – this is the position of a cause being static or permanent.

    What Is the Self, Does the Self Have a Beginning, Will It Have an End?

  • All this is clearly set forth in the Gita, where the psychological facts are linked up with general cosmology by means of the postulate of the gunas.

    The Perennial Philosophy

  • The extirpation of desire, a wide and calm equality of the mind, the life soul and the spirit, annihilation of the ego, an inner quietude and expulsion or transcendence of ordinary Nature, the Nature of the three gunas and a total surrender to the Supreme are the successive steps of this preliminary change.


  • As we know, each person has a combination of the 3 gunas within him/her.

    Sattwa is purity, light and illumination

  • Jainism does not include a belief in an omnipotent supreme being or creator, but rather in a universe regarded as eternal and governed by natural laws based on the interplay of the attributes (gunas) of the substances (dravyas) that make up the cosmos.

    A call to action in the Journal of Clinical Investigation - The Panda's Thumb

  • Corresponding to the three gunas of sattva, rajas, tamas, Plato spoke of three categories logistikon, thumos, epithumia and he used a three-part classification for society.

    Indic Ideas in the Graeco-Roman World

  • This model of the three gunas is very useful in evaluating any situation or inner state and will enable you to understand why you find it difficult to focus and what you can do to remedy the situation.

    The Sivananda Companion To Meditation

  • Sattva - one of three qualities or gunas; the principle of purity and light

    The Sivananda Companion To Meditation


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