In our post ‘Chitta Vritti’, there are three primary gunas are mentioned, correspond to which three Chitta Vrittis are there in our mind (chitta). Sattvik Chitta Vritti, Rajasi Chitta Vritti and Tamasi Chitta Vritti. Activities, of the people having different Chitta Vritti, are different accordingly. Sattvik Chitta Vritti people are balanced and Intelligent. Also they are peaceful, clam and pure hearted. The people of Sattva Guna have Sattvik Chitta Vritti.
Sattva guna is the quality of intelligence, virtue and goodness and creates harmony, balance and stability. It possesses an inward and upward motion and brings about the awakening of the soul. Sattva provides happiness and contentment of a lasting nature. It is the principle of clarity, wideness and peace, the force of love that unites all things together.
Sattva Guna is purity. It is Prakasa (illumination, light). Sattva Guna is a force favorable for the attainment of Moksha (breaking of birth and death cycle= liberation). Virtues such as fearlessness, purity of heart, patience, generosity, forgiveness etc. will confer liberation on you.
A Sattvik mind is always steady. It finds delight internally. It may stick to one place indefinitely. During Sattvic moments, when there is preponderance of pure Sattva in the mind, you are in touch with the Divine Source owing to the cleanness of the mind-mirror.
Importance Of Sattva Guna
The real peace of mind does not come from outside. It is produced in the same mind when the mind is controlled and its thoughts are checked. You must put forth great efforts to check the passions and desires. Then alone will your aptitude for activity be subdued and you will be at rest and your thoughts will be stilled.
An ordinary worldly-minded man can hardly hear the inner voice of Atma. He also cannot get pure thoughts (enquiry into self). Every Sattvic (pure) thought emanates from Sattvic Buddhi (pure intellect). In the case of worldlings, all thoughts proceed from the mind only. He, who does Nishkama Karma Yoga (selfless service) and has purity of the mind, begins to entertain thoughts of God and meditation. Generally, the mind raises various sorts of curious, fantastic thoughts. It deludes all. It may pretend to do thoughts also. But, when it comes to actual practice, it will do nothing. If there is a serious determination in you to concentrate and, if you put it into actual practice for months steadily, Self-realization becomes keen and acute.
All Sadhanas aim at the development of Sattva Guna and the attainment of pure, irresistible Will. This will bring about removal of ignorance and getting pure knowledge. Increase of Sattva Guna and pure, strong, determined Will pave a long way in achieving self-realization.
Mental Types According to the Sattva Guna
To have Sattva predominant in our nature is the key to health, creativity and spirituality. Sattvic people possess a harmonious and adaptable nature which gives the greatest freedom from disease both physical and mental. They are considerate of others and take care of themselves.
Increase Sattva Guna
To increase sattva reduce both rajas and tamas, eat sattvic foods and enjoy activities and environments that produce joy and positive thoughts.
Sattvic foods include whole grains and legumes and fresh fruits and vegetables that grow above the ground. All of the yogic practices were developed to create sattva in the mind and body. Practicing yoga and leading a yogic lifestyle strongly cultivates sattva.
One can develop sattva Guna by Japa (Chanting), suvichara (good thoughts), Satsanga (meeting to sattvik people, saints), meditation, light Sattvic food, Tapa (Penance) and Svadhyaya (reading relative books).
For more details about these three gunas or three Vrittis and their characteristics, visit our other posts –