Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

05 – by Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha – Three Gunas that Binds and Liberates Us

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Lecture by Nutan Swamiji based on Chapter 14 of Bhagavad Gita during Sadhana Shibiram in Society for Inner Resources Development, Malaysia on 27 January 2023.

In this discourse, Swamiji discusses the effect of the three gunas in the human personality. Bhagavad Gita says that the three gunas may exist in different proportions at different times in a person.

When the Sattva guna is predominant, all the sense organs will be extremely sensitive and brilliant. When Rajo guna is on the ascent, then greed, outgoing tendencies, insatiable thirst for work and desire will arise. Rajo guna domination will not allow one to take to introspection. When the Tamo guna is predominant, the mind and intelligence become dull. Tamo guna induces ignorance, delusion and inattention. One will not take up any work because of idleness and lethargy. The mind and intelligence of such a person will also have a wrong understanding of things.

When the Tamo guna is predominant, then one will have to take to activity (cultivate Rajo guna). To remove the fragmented vision and ceaseless activity induced by Rajo guna, one must cultivate Sattva guna. But all the three gunas lead to bondage and we have to utilize the same Gunas to get rid of the bondage.

In Bhagavatam, Sri Krishna says that Sattvika sukha rises from the Soul, Rajasa sukha comes from engagement with the objects and Tamasa sukha arises from delusion and self-pity. But, Nirguna sukha comes when the seeker takes refuge in Me. One who surrenders becomes free of all bondage.

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