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The beauty and heartache of dipping your toes into the pool of study and self development is that you realize you have a whole body that wants to get wet. As we delve deeper into the philosophy of yoga, the mind expands like an ever growing galaxy. The next path of this expansion delves further into Maya, where there are three qualities that bind us to this illusory world: Sattva,Rajas, Tamas.

Maya has no existence independent of the gunas and these are present in varying degrees in all objects gross or subtle including the mind, intellect and ego – operating then at the physical, mental and emotional levels.

Sattva manifests as purity and knowledge

Rajas manifests as activity and motion

Tamas manifests as inertia and laziness

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These three qualities always exist together and as long as a person is attached to any of these gunas, he remains in bondage. This creates a very interesting way of developing further self awareness as you realize that you rise and fall naturally in your day through each of these qualities. We humans have the unique ability to consciously alter the levels of the gunas in our bodies and minds and these gunas cannot be separated or removed in oneself, but can be consciously acted upon to encourage their increase or decrease and to ultimately achieve balance within Sattva.

“When one rises above the three gunas that originate in the body; one is freed from birth, old age, disease, and death; and attains enlightenment” (Bhagavad Gita 14.20)

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