The Three Guna Type Individuals

 The Three Guna Types Individuals

Understanding Guna Types

On a mental level, three attributes or Guna, constitute the emotional ‘humors’ of who we are. In Ayurvedic teachings, these three attributes constitute the basis for the variety of human temperament. Ayurvedic teachings also consider the individual differences in psychological and moral predispositions. These three basic attributes are sattva, rajas and tamas. Sattva expresses essence, understanding, pureness, clarity, compassion and love. Rajas implies movement, aggressiveness and extroversion. A rajas mind operates on a sensual level. However, a Tamas mind is manifested in ignorance, inertia, mental heaviness and obtuseness.

A rajas mind operates on a sensual level.

Guna Types

The person with a sattva temperament will find self-realization without excessive effort, while the types rajas and tamas have to work at length to pursue this state.

Sattva– People with a sattva temperament have healthy bodies, their behaviour and their conscience is very pure. They believe in the existence of God, they are religious and oftentimes saints.

Rajas – Individuals with rajas temperament are interested in business, prosperity, power, prestige and social position. They love wealth and are generally extrovert. Rajas individuals may believe in God, but are subject to sudden changes in belief. They have a strong interest in politics.

Tamas – Individuals of the tamas type are lazy, egoistical and able of destroying others. Therefore they have little respect for others and are not religious at all. All of their activities revolve around their ego.

The person with a sattva temperament will find self-realization without excessive effort, while the types rajas and tamas have to work at length to pursue this state.

Analysing Your Guna Type

These three subtle mental energies are responsible for models of behaviour. If there is a sufficient desire, these can be altered and improved with the practice of spiritual disciplines like yoga or meditation. Our Ayurvedic doctors Vaidya can also be of help in this. The doctor has familiarity with the expression of these three attributes – sattva-rajas-tamas- and can determine which dominates the individual by observing his behaviour and analysing his diet. An Ayurvedic doctor can use these practical clues to assist and therefore guide the patient towards a model of life that is equilibrium both on a physical and mental level.

The doctor has familiarity with the expression of these three attributes – sattva-rajas-tamas- and can therefore determine which dominates the individual by observing his behaviour and analysing his diet.

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