Ancient Indians

Types of knowledge, karma and motivation.

Three  things differentiate the guNAs as per गुणसंख्यान, ie the theory of the 3 essential properties (sattva, rajas and tamas)

  1. Knowledge or gnyAna
  2. The action –  karma
  3. The karta – the doer.
  • If you everything as one – your knowledge is sAttvika.
  • If you see everything as different – your knowledge is rAjasa
  • If you think one thing is everything – your knowledge is tAmasa.

How do the three kinds of gnyAna (knowledge) do karma cOdana? ie motivate us to karma?

  1. sattvika Knowledge (gnyAna, jnAna), makes you see the same bhAva or essence in all beings, and that which is undivided in all the divisions.
  2. rAjasa knowledge  makes you see the different kinds or shades and nuances in all beings and things.
  3. tAmasa knowledge makes someone think that the whole world is in one deed and interested in it.  tAmasa knowledge is ahaituka – not based on reason. It is alpa or trivial. It is atattvArtha – meaningless, without truth.

See : (Bhagavad Gita : 18.20 – 18. 25 : Three kinds of knowledge and three kinds of karma, with quiz.)

How can I judge whether my karma is sAttvika, rAjasa or tAmasa? 

  1. sAttvika karma is done always without any saMga or attachment. It is done without rAgadvEsa or passionate like or repulsion. It is aphalaprEpsu – not motivated by a result for the fruit.
  2. rAjasa karma is done with desire and wishes, with ahaMkAra (I-ness, I-did-ness) and with a lot of stress and effort.
  3. tAmasa karma is binding or anubandha.  It is kSaya or destructive, diminishing or wasteful. It is violent or himSa, it causes suffering to us or others. It is anavEkSya pauruSam. That means it is done without assessing our competence to do the work. It is begun from mOha, fascination or illusion.

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See : (Bhagavad Gita : 18.20 – 18. 25 : Three kinds of knowledge and three kinds of karma, with quiz.)

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