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Sariraka Upanishad Teachings On Sattva, Rajas and Tamas Gunas

Sariraka Upanishad on Sattva, Rajas and Tamas Gunas

Non-killing, veracity, not stealing, continence, non-covetousness, refraining from anger, serving the guru, purity in mind and body, contentment, right conduct, abstinence from self-praise, freedom from pompousness, firm conviction in the existence of God, and not causing any injury to others – all these are to be known as sattvika gunas chiefly.

I am the actor, I am the enjoyer, I am the speaker, and I am the egoistic – such are said by knowers of Brahman to be rajas gunas.

Sleep, sloth, delusion, desire, copulation, and theft are said by expounders of the Vedas to be tamasa gunas.

Perfect or divine knowledge is of sattvika guna; knowledge of dharma is of rajasa guna, and mental darkness is of tamas guna.