2.45 trai-guṇya-viṣayā vedā (Original)

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<< Chapter 2 verse 44

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trai-guṇya-viṣayā vedā
nistrai-guṇyo bhavārjuna
nirdvandvo nitya-sattva-stho
niryoga-kṣema ātmavān

‘The Vedas relate to (all) the three qualities1; be free, Arjuna! of the three qualities; be free from the ‘pairs,’; be ever wedded to ‘satva,’; be unconcerned about acquisitions and their care; be (ever) ātmā-concerned.’

>> Chapter 2 verse 46

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  1. See Lect: XIV for an exhaustive treatment of the gunās. These are the three main characteristics of matter which keep the world moving. Satva is the tendency to produce goodness, purity, etc., Rajas is the tendency to act in the world with passions; and Tamas is the tendency to sloth, evil, etc.

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