Recently, I was reminded of an insightful detail. To explain, in Vedic philosophy the forms and phenomena we experience are said to be composed of the interplay of 3 gunas. There isn’t direct English words for them but roughly, their qualities are inertia, energy, and clarity.
These qualities can be experienced directly, such as in the colours interplaying in the ocean of being from which our universe arises. What physics would call virtual fluctuations in the vacuum.
However, this common translation of guna as quality isn’t the full picture. Guna itself means string or strand.
Over on Threads of Divinity, I wrote “Self-aware consciousness has the effect of weaving a tapestry out of those threads of divinity, creating the appearance of creation.”
Out of threads of interconnectivity, consciousness fills them in with a tapestry composed of… gunas, the field of every-changing activity.
It gives a whole new meaning to “Be without the 3 gunas, O Arjuna” (Bhagavad Gita ch.2 v45)
It’s rather like the Divine has a thought and consciousness turns it into a rather elaborate story we get to play a part in.
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