3.Qualities of Mind (Gunas)


Digestion is also affected if we are unhappy. That means the mind should also be in balance or happy.

As we have different types of body the mind is also different. They are Satvik, Rajasic and Tamasic. They are also called the Gunas of mind.

Satvik = purity and knowledge= Calmness

Rajasic = Action and passion= Active

Tamasic = Ignorance and inertia= Rest

People posses these combination of qualities of mind. Quality of the mind also affects the body functions.

One example is if we exercise we feel good and satisfied. A body activity calms the mind. Similarly if we meditate – calming the mind will calm the body too. Both are interrelated.

All the qualities of mind are very important. In the sense, we need to be calm, active and even take rest when required.

Active all the time or taking rest all the time is not accepted. See my sleep article.

Suppose if a person by nature is a combination of Satvik and Tamasic and is born in a family of Rajasic or married to a person of Rajasic, if they over do against their original body state it will become an imbalance.

It is important for a tamasic person to become rajasic during sometime in his life. But it has to be done gradually. Any change in character is possible provided it is done slowly and not immediately.

Always in a hurry has to be avoided. Do things in a calm way. The productivity will be high if the mind is satisfied and calm.

If the mind is agitated, even though we are fast the productivity will be very low.

It is impossible for any person to stay in the original nature of mind. They may have to accommodate the needs of other people and the environment. How to do that?

Let me tell a story…There was a poor person. He felt very hungry checked all over the house and found Re.1. He was excited that he could buy something and have. He went to the market to see what he could buy with this Re.1. He saw a man selling a lamp for Re.1. He was curious and asked the person “this lamp looks new and I am sure it is worth more. Why are you selling it for a rupee”? The man said “You are right. This is the real Aladdin magic lamp and a genie comes out and gives what ever we want. But if we keep the genie idle it will take what ever we have. I am finding it difficult to give jobs so I want to get rid of it”. By hearing this poor man was so happy. He said “I have nothing and can ask him everything and I am sure I will give him enough jobs”.

He took the lamp home and asked the genie to give some food. Just with the click of his fingers the huge dinning table for a king appeared with all kinds of food. The poor man sat down to eat. The genie said “Sir, tell me the next job”. He didn’t allow the poor man to eat and asked for more jobs.

The poor man didn’t have any choice and asked for a house, wife etc….Everything came with the click of fingers and again the genie was asking for jobs. This man didn’t know what to do? He knew a saint and thought he could find a solution. He asked the genie to take him to the saint. With the click of the fingers they were before the saint. The poor man told his story. The saint told something in his ears. The poor man was happy hearing it.

He asked the genie to bring a long pole. The genie got it. Asked him to fix it on to the ground and told him to climb up and down till he gave the next job.

He was free to eat and enjoy the wealth. Whenever he wanted, he called the genie and asked for something and again he was sent back to the pole. By climbing up and down the genie became tired and slept.

Similarly, our mind is the genie. So far there is work it is fine. The moment it is free it will think negative and take all that we have.

It is practically not possible to give work to the mind all the time.

So the solution is to keep the mind focused on something. One solution is japa /mantra recitation.

For sometime during the day tell some japa. Gayathri mantra is the best. The mind will be concentrated in that and feel tired and calm down.

Mantras or slokas are not any words. They are sounds heard by rishis in their deep meditation.

These mantras give power and energy. If we repeat the mantra so many times we will get some power. When needed if we say once it will help us.

Even if you don’t believe this it is definitively a great tool to calm the mind.

Singing is a best way to stop the mind thinking. Try this, when we sing we don’t think. So whenever any negative thought comes if we sing, we can stop the mind from thinking.

We can do the tantra or trick in cooking to calm the mind by using some soothing herbs.


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