Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha

06 – 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 28 January 2023.

In this satsang, Swamiji tells us that the three gunas have their distinctive properties and each guna binds the human mind and intelligence. As seekers, we have to introspect and understand the play of the gunas in our own personality and transcend the bondage of the gunas.

Presenting a chart of the Triguna Model, Swamiji makes a threadbare analysis of each Guna. He discusses the properties of each guna and its binding effects, the classification of sukha and Ahara, giving us a very comprehensive understanding of the gunas.

Properties: Sattva guna is the cause of light and harmony; Rajo guna gives rise to activity and tamo guna is born of ignorance and delusion.

Binding effects of the gunas: Sattva guna binds one by causing Sanga (clinging) to happiness and knowledge; Rajo guna binds one through clinging to ceaseless activity and tamo guna binds one through inattention, lethargy and sleep.

Sukha (Happiness): Saatvika Sukha may be initially not pleasant but ultimately will lead to Prasada; Rajasa sukha may be initially nectarine to the senses but it is like poison in the end; Tamasika sukha is deluding from beginning to end.

Ahara (food): Saatvika ahara is soothing and leads to longevity; Rajasa food causes suffering, grief and disease; Tamasa food is stale and impure and not conducive to good health.

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