The Three Components of Reality – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas – and Our Current Global Picture

Two young bucks in the meadow at dawn in Paradise – May 2020

All of Reality, all of consciousness, is composed of three elements or gunas; sattva or purity, rajas or activity, and tamas or inertia. All three are necessary to construct, observe, and interact with our world; sattva for direction, rajas for action, and tamas for persistence. Each can pair with another, though the combinations of tamas/sattva and sattva/tamas are disallowed in Reality due to their opposing polarities, though they can bridge through rajas, or activity. Sadhana or practice for purification is a good example.

We can see these three gunas at play whenever an action is observed, either our own, another’s, or even globally. Sattvic action, or action with good intent, is always the goal, particularly as our human family is concerned as it leads to integration with Cosmic life, the breath of Mother Divine.

As spiritual power grows in the world, the awakened possibilities associated with a more balanced society are becoming more clearly reflected in our current world events. The darkness hasn’t left yet, though the light is more evident and far more effective in its reach:

Tamas/Rajas and Rajas/Tamas primary: Action towards stasis, anger, and destruction. Represented by the US President, unmoderated capitalism, and the authoritarian principles evident in the world, leading to racism, violence, and inequality. Driven by fear, ignorance, and ego.

Rajas/Sattva primary: Action towards introspection – physical, mental, emotional, social, familial, economic, environmental and global. Represented by the latest global virus, economic disruption, social consideration and rebuilding, a complete rethinking of the status quo, and regrouping. Driven by self reflection and awareness.

Sattva/Rajas primary: Action focused on higher values and universal benefits for all, Unity. Represented by global equality protests, and a manifest, unshakable thirst for progress for all, in the context of a calmer, cooperative and sustainable global society. Driven by atman and Brahman.

Global social media acts as an essential buffer to both filter out extremes and encourage peaceful integration, by instantly accessing and coordinating information, during this periodic Age of Discovery (now upon us once again).

Sailing on the winds of curiosity and a deeper need, pushed at a furious pace by technology of every kind, we traverse the limitless oceans of consciousness, to re-establish our global Reality in a way that more gracefully dances with Cosmic life.

“May good belong to all the people in the world.
May the rulers go by the path of justice.
May the best of men and their source prove to be a blessing.
May all the world rejoice in happiness.
May rain come on time and plentifulness be on earth.

May this world be free from suffering and the noble ones free from fear.

May good belong to all the people in the world.

And may all the world rejoice in Enlightenment.”


—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s wish for the world, as he inaugurated the dawn of a new, enlightened era for humankind in 1975

Published by Jim Flanegin

it shows up in the pictures...I am a US citizen (born in California), though spent my childhood through high school living primarily in SE Asia, giving me a deep view of both East and West. I began TM at 21 and the TM-Sidhis at 26. I was visited by Guru Dev at 39. The rest is history. :-)

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