The Modes of Nature

June 18, 2017 | By More

by Rupa

Most of us are afraid of change but no matter we like it or not, things change all the time. Seasons change from winter to spring; people change from young to old; today’s superstars become a memory in no time. Things happen because of the development and mixing of modes of nature, and we are not actually the ones who can change material nature even if we believe that human beings are superior. Material nature has its own way to operate. Most of us are affected by the modes of nature but we always foolishly believe that we are in control. To know our real situation, we should understand material nature and know how to transcend the modes of nature (the Guṇas).

The three modes of nature are: Sattva (Goodness), Rajas (Passion) and Tamas (Ignorance). They affect all the activities of the Self. These three modes—goodness, passion and ignorance are not qualities of the soul but qualities of material nature.

To purify ourselves in the mode of goodness is not enough. Think about when we are at the North Pole or South Pole; everywhere is pure white, and we actually cannot find the direction and are easily lost. We need something as a reference to find the way. Similarly, a person completely in goodness is not necessarily able to enjoy life. The concept of happiness is a feeling, a feeling opposite of sorrow.

Without experience of sorrow, we cannot experience happiness. Sorrow comes after happiness; happiness comes after sorrow. No one can avoid this paradox. Like day comes after night, night comes after day. Death comes after birth, birth comes after death. This is the law of material nature. So instead of looking for the feeling of happiness, transcend the modes of nature to Nirguṇa. Nirguṇa means we are not affected by the modes of nature. Accept things as they are. When we accept that happiness cannot be separate from sadness, the end of birth is death, and death and birth are only different forms of existence, then we can enjoy life and have a peaceful death. Only the one who has experienced the meetings and partings, the joys and sorrows is able to understand and attain eternal bliss.

Welcome to attend Rupa’s (Ivy) meditation at Wishingtree Yoga. Rupa has been practicing Yoga since 1996 in China. Her Chinese background and training gives her a natural understanding of this ancient eastern wisdom. Her living, studying and teaching in Canada has provided her the opportunity to develop the practice in a modern western way.

Rupa also offers teacher training at Wishingtree Yoga. The experience will let you understand this amazing scientific knowledge and give you practical skills and techniques to use on and off the mat!

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