reply to post by bogomil
To readers who are not familiar with these conecpts:
The three gunas or trigunas (sattva, rajas and tamas) are concepts discussed in one of the greatest philosophies in the world, being the Indian
Samkhya (described by great minds like Kapila and Ishvarakrishna).
Samkhya begins with a description of creation.
First there was only Purusha or Atma, who we can compare with the prime creator.
His energy was mula-prakriti, basic matter, which we can compare with the light that was in the binning. Purusha just wants (thinks), and then it is
there. That is how he creates.
From that issued a creation in which three basic principles are sattva = being, existence, consciousness, light, that which really is, radiating;
rajas = energy, moving; and tamas = inertia, darkness, enveloping (covering). The first stage was buddhi = prime consciousness (in which sattva
dominates), the second was ahamkara = self-consciusness, I-consciousness (in which rajas dominates) and the latter split up in three parallel lines of
continued creation that follow:
- Sattvika ahamkara lead to formation of manas = mind and then to conscious beings, the side of the subject.
- Tamasika ahamkara lead to formation of matter, the side of the object.
- Rajasika ahamkara = energy moving creation on through the various following stages.
Now, to relate this to the three dimensions diagram seems to me to be a little far fetched, since the trigunas were there as principles already in the
beginning, before there were any material worlds and in a certainly multidimensional stage being far beyond our limited three dimensions.
By the way, these concepts are certainly also discussed in tantra, but what is tantra? It is grossly misunderstood by many in the West to be a kind of
“sexual yoga”. In reality, tantra is a science of ALL that there is, a natural science, a spiritual science, physics, chemistry, biology and what
have you. Within tantra there is ALSO a sexual science, within which a kind of “sexual yoga” developed, which seems to attract much more attention
to Western minds that the whole and much much bigger rest of tantra as a general science…