Encyclopedia of Spiritual Knowledge

 

Main page

About encyclopedia

New articles

Links

Contact

 

Sattva

Sattva is one of the three gunas.

On the spiritual Path, sattva is an intermediate step from ignorance, coarseness, and subjection to passions — to realization of the Divine.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says much about the sattvic qualities, such as harmoniousness, calmness of mind, subtlety of consciousness, the ability to control own emotions with refusal of the coarse emotional manifestations, prevalence of the state of subtle and joyful love, absence of egocentrism, violence.

From the methodological standpoint, it is important to stress that the sattvic qualities can be developed only if the body is healthy and cleansed from coarse energies. To become sattvic, one needs, among other things, to exclude completely meat and fish from the nutrition.

The sattvic qualities can be steadfast only in a person who has passed fully through the stage of kshatrism, developed vigor, personal power, high intellect, and gained thorough knowledge about the most important in life.

However, Krishna said that one has to go still higher — higher than sattva, to mergence with God, and this calls for new efforts, new struggle with oneself. One has to keep this in mind, since sattva may turn out to be a trap: it captivates one with its bliss attained on this stage. It makes one “relaxed”, offers to abandon further efforts.

But it is impossible to bypass the sattva guna. It is impossible to merge with God without mastering the qualities inherent to this guna.
 

See also:

Bhagavad Gita

Gunas
 

External links

Sattva (video film for meditation and relaxation)

The film presents an opportunity to attune to the sattva of nature through immersing oneself meditatively into unity with it.
 

 

Articles of encyclopedia

Agni Yoga

Ahimsa

Arrogance

Asana

Assemblage Point

Ashtanga Yoga

Atman

Avatar


Babaji

Bhagavad Gita

Bhakti Yoga

Brahman

Bubbles of Perception

Buddhi

Buddhi Yoga


Chakras

Christ

Clairvoyance

Cocoon

Compassion

Consciousness

Сreator


Dantyans

Daya

Dharana

Dhyana


Emotions

Eon

Ethics


Gautama Buddha

God

Gunas


Haich, Elisabeth

Hara

Hatha Yoga

Hermes Trismegistus

Hesychasm

Holy Spirit


Indriyas

Ishvara


Jesus Christ

Jiva

Juan Matus


Karma

Karma Yoga

Killing-Free Nutrition

Krishna

Kriya Yoga

Kundalini


Lada

Latihan

Laya Yoga

Loka


Mahadouble

Mahatma

Man

Manas

Maya

Meaning of Life

Meditation

Meditative Running

Meridians

Messiah

Monasticism

Multidimensional Space


Nagual

“NAM-Meditation”

Nirodhi

Nirvana


Paramatman

Patanjali’s Scheme

Philokalia

Places of Power

Prakriti

Pranayama

Pratyahara

Pride

Psychic Self-Regulation

Purusha

Pythagoras


Raja Yoga


Samadhi

Sathya

Sathya Sai Baba

Sattva

Selfhood

Shambala

Shavasana

Soul

Spiritual Heart

Sunna

Sufi Practices

Sufism

Surya

Svara

Svarog


Tao

Tao Te Ching

Te

Thoth-the-Atlantean

Tonal and Nagual

Total Reciprocity

Turiya


Vainglory

Varnas

Vegetarianism


Winter Swimming


Yama and Niyama

Yidam

Yoga