Sunday, March 11, 2007

Goodness, Passion and Ignorance

We are conditioned by one of the Three Modes of Nature - Goodness, Passion or Ignorance, and thus we are said to be of a particular faith according to the mode that we acquired, every one has a particular type of faith, regardless of what he is, but his faith is considered good, passionate of ignorant according to the nature he has acquired.

Something really interesting to note here - The real fact is that every living being is originally transcendental to all the modes of material nature, but when he comes in contact with any of these material nature during his life span, he generates his own position by association with different varieties of material nature (goodness, passion or ignorant) and thus he remains trapped in this cycle and acts according to his nature which includes every thing under the sun, his eating habits, his sacrifices, austerities, charity, his worship practices, his actions, reactions, his thoughts, his motive, his ideology everything he does is according to the three modes of nature that he comes in contact with thus he conducts by some impression or some conception of life and thus takes the pleasure and pain accordingly from time to time.

Though his real position is transcendental to all these three modes which means he is "nirguna" or transcendental, had he remained transcendental from all the three modes, there is no suffering, no pain, no artificial or material happiness which is temperory, see its basically like two sides of a coin, the coin has two sides, for eg one side is pleasure and the other all pain, now when you flip the coin, one of the sides is on the upper side, it can never be that only one of the sides always comes up, the best way to avoid the pain side of the coin is not to have the coin itself, you got it? thus the only way to come out of the cycle of pain which is also associated with pleasure is to transcend the three modes of nature, it can really work thats my opinion.

Some thing more interesting to note that even the food that we consume is of three kinds, according to the three modes of our nature that we are in contact with :

  • Food in the mode of goodness increases the duration of life, it purifies ones existence and gives strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are sweet, juicy, fattening and palatable.

  • Food that are too bitter, too salty, pungent,dry and hot are liked by people in the mode of passion, such foods cause pain, distress, and disease.

  • Food in the mode of ignorance are the ones cooked more than three hours before being eaten, which is tasteless, stale, putrid, decomposed and unclean, it is liked by people who are in the mode of ignorance.
If we really give a deep thought and try to analyze we may realize that above mentioned is so true in our daily life