Ayurveda Psychology: Understanding the Three Gunas


| 3/19/2015 7:00:00 AM


Most of us pay close attention the quality of food and drink we choose for ourselves on a daily basis, why then do we drop the ball when it comes to choosing quality impressions?

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The Three Gunas of Ayurveda

Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, are universal energies that are ever present and in flux. The Gunas are a key concept of Ayurveda and must be understood before Ayurveda Psychology begins to unfold.

"Sattva” is the quality of goodness, truth, clarity, and love. It brings joy, health and healing. When we feel calm, clear, and peaceful, Sattva is the dominant energy. Nature is an abundant source of Sattva Guna. Selfless service, art, spirituality, pure foods, herbs, and water are also sources of Sattva.

“Rajas” is the quality of passion, distraction, and turbulence. It seeks power and stimulation. Rajas is instant pleasure that quickly diminishes into pain and disharmony, and is the predominant energy in society today. Rajas Guna is predominant in substances that cause excitement like sex-based entertainment, coffee, alcohol, and amphetamines.



“Tamas” is the quality of darkness, inertia, and stagnation; it is the lethargy that follows Rajas. When we feel stagnant, depressed, and can’t get out of a rut, Tamas is the dominant energy. Tamas Guna is predominant in greasy, fast food, violent entertainment, factory-farmed meat, and substance abuse/addiction.



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