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The word ‘guna’ is Sanskrit and is used to refer to qualities, or tendencies, but literally means ‘string’ or ‘thread’. The 3 Gunas are sattva, rajas and tamas, which loosely translate into ‘pure’, ‘dim’ and ‘dark’, but also ‘creation’, ‘preservation’ and ‘destruction, as well as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with respect to the Trimurti.
The Gunas, arose from Sankhya philosophy, believed to have been founded by Kapila Muni. Sankhya enumerates twenty-five tattva or true principles and its chief object is to secure the final emancipation of the twenty-fifth tattva, the Purusha or Soul, from the bonds of wordily existence, nature or Prakriti. This aim is accomplished by imparting knowledge of the twenty-four tattva and by properly distinguishing the Purusha from Prakriti.
As a system for logical analysis, the Gunas are used to assess physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual tendencies and states. The Gunas have also been used to prescribe measures for correcting deficiencies to enable people to overcome base nature that keeps one in the vicious circle of ignorance, pain and suffering. The Gunas can be applied to personality typing, as detailed in chapters 14 and 17 of the Bhagavad Gita. They can also be applied to food and body types.
Excerpt from the Bhagavad Gita, chapter 14, verse 9:
‘Whereas the property of sattwa motivates one to joy, rajas prompts to action, and tamas veils knowledge and drives one to carelessness.‘
‘With a solid understanding of the Gunas, one can predict the behavior and health risks for an individual. The Indian medical system of Ayurveda (literally, ‘life knowledge‘) arose from the wisdom of the Gunas and many Ayurvedic clinics and physicians deliver services out of Toronto.‘
‘Dr. Tripathi, with forty years of Ayurvedic and Medical practice, is a highly qualified Ayurvedic Physician – He achieved “AYURVEDACHARYA” (Guru in Ayurvedic Medicine) from Banaras Hindu University – the world’s premier Institution of Ayurvedic Medicine.‘
‘Vaidhya Sonal (Ayurvedic Physician) is a master of doctor in Ayurveda from the world famous university of Ayurveda, Jamnagar Ayurvedic University, India. Ayurvedic Doctor Sonal is also Registered Nutritional Consultant from CSNN Toronto. Sonal has been practising as an Ayurvedic consultant, Panchkarma specialist, teacher and researcher in India and Canada for over 20 years.‘
Upcoming events in Toronto are the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training courses, lined up for March and April, which has an Ayurvedic component and the Global Ayurveda Congress will be held in Toronto this June.
Bhagavad Gita audio files
Bhagavad Gita PDF files
Dr. Tripathi, Ayurvedic Health Care Clinic Toronto
Vaidhya Sonal Ayurvedic MD Toronto
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
Global Ayurveda Congress, Toronto