One of the fundamental principles of the Vedic perspective is the three gunas or qualities. I described them in some detail in About the Gunas but here is a basic outline:
Sattva: purity or clarity of the flow (golden)
Rajas: movement itself, energy or fire and transformation (red)
Tamas: resistance or inertia, impediment to movement (blue)
A similar perspective is the cycle of creation, maintenance, and destruction. (Brahma, Vishnu, & Shiva) In fact, we may think of the gunas as coming from these principles. But they have a deeper, parallel origin in existence itself.
What is the fundamental quality of pure being? Silence. Stillness. This has a fundamental resistance to movement. In other words, it is inertia or tamas in its highest form.
However, in order for existence to be conscious, it has to be self-aware. When consciousness becomes aware of itself, there is recognition. That recognition gives rise to the cosmic intellect or discrimination. This distinction or “two-ness” creates a flow of attention as the process of experience. That flow of attention becomes the senses, the means of experience. This is sattva.
Even the sense of “I am” is an experience, mediated by sattva.
Thus we have a polarity of stillness and flow, silence and aliveness. And this in the very nature of consciousness. It is one thing knowing itself in two ways.
That knowing gives rise to movement and action, rajas.
Note what this means – the process of perceiving is the process of creation. Consciousness creates through perception. It knows itself by experiencing itself. Through the process of experience, consciousness expresses itself to know itself. While we may describe creation in a sequential way with layers and a process, the actual process is all at once.
As more people are waking up to subtler layers, they are being enlivened in the whole. New laws of nature are waking up and coming back on-line. This expands the range of knowing and the expressions that are possible.
We live in remarkable times.
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