Samadi: Divine Peace
This article is dedicated to developing Samádhi: Divine Peace. Some patients have one type of physical constitution combined with another type of mental constitution (i.e., a heavy and nervous person has a Kapha body and Váyu mind). Consequently, when suggesting healing measures for the Kapha body illness, the practitioner takes care not to aggravate the Váyu mental constitution. In this example, fire-increasing measures are recommended, including herbs, foods, and aromas, but not air-increasing ones.
The gunas also reflect the level of the soul’s development.
Finding the Path to Samadi
Mental disease is related to rajas and tamas, the activity and lethargy principles of the three gunas (qualities). The gunas also reflect the level of the soul’s development.
A sattwic-minded person perceives the knowledge of Divinity.
If the mind is sattwic, or pure, then clarity exists. A sattwic-minded person perceives the knowledge of Divinity. A sattwic mind is also the first stage of samádhi. Poor mental discrimination is the cause of all illness, making one dishonest, self-destructive, and hurtful to others. One would overindulge in “junk food,” entertainment, etc.
The best way to heal is by following a sattwic lifestyle.
The best way to heal is by following a sattwic lifestyle. This includes meditation, compassionate actions, ethical and virtuous behavior, healthy, organic foods, and living within the rhythms of nature. People in whom sattwa predominates, see the good in all things (including the value an illness may offer), and they are the healthiest people as well.
When tamas mental quality is predominant, such persons will suppress their emotions.
Tamas and Rajas influences
Tamas creates lethargy, dullness, and a cloudy perception. This is caused by fear and ignorance, and plays on one’s animal nature. A person with this frame of mind would choose not to do much of anything. When tamas mental quality is predominant, such persons will suppress their emotions. Emotional suppression is a major cause of severe illness, like cancer. Stagnancy describes their emotional makeup. Negative mindedness and self-destruction define their personality.
Rajas makes one think love derives itself from an external relationship, not from within.
Rajas causes a turbulent, or distracted, mind. It makes one look outside for comfort and fulfillment. It causes one to seek external validation. Rajas makes one think love derives itself from an external relationship, not from within. It makes one willful, egoistic, and manipulative. When rajas and tamas exist in the mind simultaneously, activity is devoted to greedy purposes. These persons also overextend themselves for those ends. They blame others for their condition and expect others to cure them. When rajas is free from a trace of tamas, it then can develop purer activities, like studying or learning about health and spirituality. Yet the rajasicminded person may still burn out during the learning process.
The rajasic nature of our modern technological society may cause mental rajasic derangements.
Often, just as people have some qualities of all three doshas, that mind has some of each guna. Seven mental guna types exist: sattwa, rajas, tamas, sattwa-rajas, sattwa-tamas, rajas-tamas, and triguòa (equal amounts of the three guòas). The rajasic nature of our modern technological society may cause mental rajasic derangements.