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TEACHINGS FROM THE ETERNAL SONG, THE BHAGVAD GITA



THE THREE PRIMAL QUALITIES FROM NATURE THAT BIND THE SOUL IN ATTACHMENT

Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.

In the Song, He tells His staunch devotee Arjuna about the three powerful qualities derived from Nature(Prakriti) called Guna(s).

These three, both singly or in combination, exert a powerful influence on the immutable element of every man thus binding the Soul to the perishable body.

These three binding qualities are namely Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.

Of these, Sattva is the quality the nature of which is what we call goodness. Good, unselfish deeds lead to accumulation of the clean and spotless Sattva, which however binds the immutable Spirit to the body by one’s attachment to knowledge and happiness.

Rajas is all about overpowering ambition, lust for power and success which leads man to related action. If not in check, it causes a man to be deceitful, cruel and relentless in material pursuits and successes. Rajas quality thus binds one’s Soul by lust for action.

Tamas is about laziness, sleepiness, and indolence. Tamas makes a man deluded, devoid of any goals or active interest in life. This binds one through delusion.

Most people have a combination of these three qualities though one or the other generally has dominance over the person’s nature.

The person whose Sattva guna dominates will have accumulation of good karma and have better future births for enabling further Spiritual growth.

The merciful Lord Krishna says that in order to grow in Spiritual stature and attain His Lotus Feet, one ought to rise above all these gunas-yes-even above the Sattva guna.




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There is, in the Lord's Abode in Guruvayoor,
A common balance for weighment of offerings.

It's called Thulabaram.

Only, it is anything but common.

A priest there is entrusted the task
Of weighing the offerings you committed
To Lord Krishna.

It may be a few kilos of some vegetable
Or fruit, grains or sugar or what you will.


But it got to be necessarily what you committed!

For,

Have seen with my own eyes
The priest struggling to weigh
A couple of kilos or maybe three
Of a certain vegetable, think it was yam.

But it simply wouldn't balance, though he
Kept on heaping the yam on it!

Then, on the priest's asking,
The devotee said he had thought
Of a different vegetable, maybe raw banana,

But had settled for yam since he couldn't
Get the banana.

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Asked the devotee to be back
With the vegetable committed!

Only then, the priest said with conviction,

The weighment would happen.