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Nakshatras and Gunas By YENBEEYES Date: 14.11.

2007 In this article I plan to explain the concept of Nakshatra from the point of view of gunas, In the Mahabharata-Aswamedha Parva-Sections XXXVI to XXXIX we get the clear explanations of the Gunas. “Brahma (Prajapati) said, “Darkness, Passion and Goodness – these are called the three qualities.” Even though this article is not to explain the 3 qualities, which can be read from any good book on Hinduism or from the Internet web-sites, yet it is essential to have a basic understanding of the same to have it related to Nakshatras. I would advise readers to go through any good translation of the Mahabharata chapter given above, Darkness is TAMAS. Passion is RAJAS Goodness is SATWA Of the 3 gunas Tamas is the lowest followed by Rajas and Satwa. Tamas keeps us in a state of ignorance, laziness, inaction, delusion and darkness. Rajas is action to get the desires fulfilled. It is the passion that drives one into action, often not getting the expected results which leads to further action. Satwa is happiness and enjoyment irrespective of the results of our action. Satwa is knowledge, wisdom and the calm and quiet of the mind. Each and every one of us has a varying combination of the three gunas. At any point of time one particular guna may be predominant which is subject to change. Chapter XIV of Bhagavad Gita also we find a clear explanation of the three gunas. Now coming to the topic of discussion, since we, human beings are a mixture of the 3 Gunas, it must have a definite relationship with the planets, rasis and Nakshatras. Let us take up what is in store with regard to Nakshatras. Each Nakshatra has a certain guna which you will find in any basic characteristics of the Nakshatra table. For example Ashwini Nakshatra is Rajas, Bharani is Tamas and Krittika is Satwa. If you deeply look into the Guna table of Nakshatras you will find that these 3 qualities viz. Rajas, Tamas and Satwa repeat in the same order after every three Nakshatras. Let us find out all the Nakshatras that have Rajas guna: Ashwini, Rohini, Punarvasu, Magha, Hasta, Vishaka, Purvabhadrapada making a total of 9 Nakshatras. Moola, Shravana,

These Nakshatras coincide with the signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius.

Note also the nature of the signs – Fiery (Aries), Earthy (Taurus), Airy (Gemini), Watery (Cancer), Fiery (Leo), Earthy (Virgo), Airy (Libra), Fiery (Sagittarius), Earthy (Capricorn) and Airy (Aquarius). Similarly you can list out the Nakshatras which have Tamas and Satwa Guna and their coincidence with the signs. I leave it for the readers to prepare the same. The three levels of Nakshatra First Level:

1. Let us divide the 27 Nakshatras into 3 groups, each group having 9

Nakshatras. The first 9 Nakshatras from Ashwini to Aslesha will be the first group. Incidentally these 9 Nakshatras fall within the first four signs namely, Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer-being the first Fiery, Earthy, Airy and watery signs. 2. When you take the next 9 Nakshatras from Magha to Jyeshta, they will fall in the signs starting from Leo and ending in Scorpio-which will be the second Fiery, Earthy, Airy and watery signs. 3. The last 9 Nakshatras viz., Moola to Revathi will be falling in the signs Sagittarius to Pisces-the last Fiery, Earthy, Airy and watery signs. Rajas is the most active of the gunas, has motion and stimulation as its characteristics. Then next one is Tamas which is characterized by heaviness and resistance producing disturbances in the process of perception. Finally Satwa comes which is characterized by lightness, consciousness, pleasure and clarity. Hence we will have this order throughout this article – Rajas, Tamas and Satwa, Applying this rule to the above the three divisions of 9 Nakshatras each, the first group is of Rajas quality, the second group is of Tamas and the third group is of Satwa quality. Readers at this stage will get a doubt – Why such specific qualities are to be attributed and is there any basis for this? Correct thinking. We have already seen that each human being is a mixture of all the 3 qualities and hence each Nakshatra also must have all the 3 qualities. Since the original order given by rishis is Rajas, Tamas and Satwa we will also stick to the same principle. All the divisions which we are going to make for each Nakshatra will have the order Rajas-Tamas-Satwa. We have just seen one quality of the Nakshatra and the other two qualities are also to be fixed for each Nakshatra. So let us proceed to the next level. SECOND LEVEL: Now let us take the first group of 9 Nakshatras – viz. from Ashwini to Aslesha. We have already fixed one guna for this group which is Rajas. Now to fix the next guna for each of these Nakshatras, let us divide these 9 Nakshatras into 3 groups of 3 Nakshatras. So this group will be:

Ashwini Bharani Krittika

Rohini Mrigasirsha Ardra

Punarvasu Pushya Aslesha

Applying the same rule of fixing the gunas as before the first 3 groups forming the Nakshatras – Ashwini, Bharani and Krittika will have Rajas quality and the next three Nakshatras Rohini, Mrigasirsha and Ardra will have Tamas quality and the last group of Nakshatras Punarvasu, Pushya and Aslesha will have Satwik qualities. THIRD LEVEL: This is the original Guna which you will find in any Nakshatra characteristics table which has been explained in the beginning. That is to say that the Rajas, Tamas and Satwa gunas repeat for every 3 Nakshatras starting from Rajas for Ashwini. The gunas at the three levels: What we have seen here is a rather complicated system in which a Nakshatra represents certain gunas at certain levels. I will explain, at the cost of repetition, the various levels for 3 Nakshatras. Readers are advised to compute the same for the rest of the Nakshatras to get a hold on the principle. Ashwini Nakshatra: I Level is – Rajas II Level is – Rajas III Level is – Rajas Hence for Ashwini we write Rajas-Rajas-Raja or in short RRR The first level will be Rajas up to Aslesha Nakshatra and the 2 nd level will be Rajas up to Krittika. But the third level will change for each Nakshatra. Bharani Nakshatra: I Level is Rajas II Level is Rajas III Level is Tamas Hence for Bharani we write Rajas-Rajas-Tamas (RRT) Similarly for Krittika it will be Rajas-Rajas-Satwik. The second level change happens at Rohini Nakshatra Rohini Nakshatra: I Level is Rajas II Level is Tamas III Level is Rajas

For Mrigasirsha it will be Rajas-Tamas-Tamas (RTT) I have constructed a complete table for all the Nakshatra Padas which is appended here: (Abbreviations have been used for Rasi and Rasi lords: Ar-Aries, Ta-Taurus, GeGemini, Cn-Cancer, Le-Leo, Vi-Virgo, Li-Libra, Sc-Scorpio, Sg-Sagittarius, CpCapricorn, Aq-Aquarius, Pi-Pisces; Su-Sun, Mo-Moon, Ma– Mars, Me-Mercury, Ju-Jupiter, Ve-Venus, Sa-Saturn, Ra-Rahu, Ke-Ketu, As.-Lagna)
GUNAS Navamsa Pada Nakshatra Ashwini Ashvini Ashwini Ashwini Bharani Bharani Bharani Bharani Krittika Krittika Krittika Krittika Rohini Rohini Rohini Rohini Mrigasirsha Mrigasirsha Mrigasirsha Mrigasirsha Ardra Ardra Ardra Ardra Punarvasu Punarvasu Punarvasu Punarvasu Degree 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 Rasi Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar Ar Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta Ge Ge Ge Ge Ge Ge Ge Ge Ge Cn No 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Pada Rasi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Pada Lord Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Me Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas I level Rajas II level Tamas III level Satwa

Pushya Pushya Pushya Pushya Aslesha Aslesha Aslesha Aslesha Magha Magha Magha Magha P.Phalugni P.Phalugni P.Phalugni P.Phalugni U.Phalguni U.Phalguni U.Phalguni U.Phalguni Hasta Hasta Hasta Hasta Chitra Chitra Chitra Chitra Swati Swati Swati Swati Vishaka Vishaka Vishaka Vishaka Anuradha Anuradha Anuradha Anuradha

03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40

Cn Cn Cn Cn Cn Cn Cn Cn Le Le Le Le Le Le Le Le Le Vi Vi Vi Vi Vi Vi Vi Vi Vi Li Li Li Li Li Li Li Li Li Sc Sc Sc Sc Sc

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc

Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma

Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas

Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Sattva

Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Sattva Sattva Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas

Jyeshta Jyeshta Jyeshta Jyeshta Mula Mula Mula Mula Purvashada Purvashada Purvashada Purvashada Uthirashada Uthirashada Uthirashada Uthirashada Sharavana Sharavana Sharavana Sharavana Dhanishta Dhanishta Dhanishta Dhanishta Satabishak Satabishak Satabishak Satabishak P.Bhadrapada P.Bhadrapada P.Bhadrapada P.Bhadrapada U.Bhadrapada U.Bhadrapada U.Bhadrapada U.Bhadrapada Revati Revati Revati Revati

16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00 00.00 - 03.20 03.20 - 06.40 06.40 - 10.00 10.00 - 13.20 13.20 - 16.40 16.40 - 20.00 20.00 - 23.20 23.20 - 26.40 26.40 - 30.00

Sc Sc Sc Sc Sg Sg Sg Sg Sg Sg Sg Sg Sg Cp Cp Cp Cp Cp Cp Cp Cp Cp Aq Aq Aq Aq Aq Aq Aq Aq Aq Pi Pi Pi Pi Pi Pi Pi Pi Pi

1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi Ar Ta Ge Cn Le Vi Li Sc Sg Cp Aq Pi

Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju Ma Ve Me Mo Su Me Ve Ma Ju Sa Sa Ju

Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa

Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa

Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa

I give below the Guna Table summary also:
Guna Table-Summary No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Nakshatra Ashvini Bharani Krittika Rohini Mrigasirsha Ardra Punarvasu Pushya Aslesha Magha P.Phalugni U.Phalguni Hasta Chitra Swati Vishaka Anuradha Jyeshta Mula Purvashada Uthirashada Sharavana Dhanishta Satabishak P.Bhadrapada U.Bhadrapada Revati I level Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa Satwa II level Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa III level Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa

What is the use of this rather arduous and complicated system? We know already that any individual has all the three qualities within him. The qualities are also subject to changes. To know which gunas are predominant in a chart you can use this table. You look at the Nakshatra in which the Lagna and the grahas are placed. Look at the gunas of these Nakshatras. Assign one point for each guna. For example if Lagna is in Ashwini Nakshatra which has Rajas-Rajas-Rajas quality then the count is Rajas = 3. Like that you have to compute for all the planets taking the Nakshatra in which they are placed. Let me explain it with an Example: One important point readers to remember - this system is helpful, in evaluating the guna of a person, but to really evaluate a chart we should always look at the chart as a whole and not just at the gunas the planets and the ascendant are in.

Chart 01: Sri Satya Sai Baba (Puttabarthi)
(Ma) Ra Mo

Rasi-D-1 Ju Su Sa (Me) Ve ASC Nakshatra Anuradha Anuradha Arudra Ashwini Anuradha Dhanishta Anuradha Anuradha Arudra PShada Gunas TST TST RTS RRR TST STT TST TST RTS SRT Rajas Tamas 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 Satwa 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Ke Planets Lagna Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Rahu Ketu

1 3

1 1

Total: Rajas – 6; Tamas – 15; followed by Satwa and Rajas.

Satwa – 9. Hence Tamas is the most important character of the chart

Chart 02: Swami Chandrasekhara Saraswati
Ra Ve Me Ju Su

Ma Rasi-D-1 As

Mo Planets Lagna Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Rahu Ketu Nakshatra PPhalguni Krittika Anuradha Satabhishak Krittika Rohini Revati Chitra UBhadrapada Hasta

Ke (Sa) Gunas TRT RRS TST STS RRS RTR SSS TTT SST TTR Rajas 1 2 Tamas 2 2 1 2 2 1 3 3 1 2 2 Satwa 1 1 2 1

1

Total: Rajas – 8; Tamas – 12; Satwa – 10 Hence Tamas is the most important character of the chart followed by Satwa and Rajas.

Chart 03: Swami Jayendra Saraswati
Ke Me (Sa) Mo As Su D-1 Rasi Ve

Ra Planets Lagna Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Rahu Ketu

Ju Ma Nakshatra Ushada Punarvasu Dhanishta Chitra Ardra Visakha PPhalguni Satabhishak UShada Punarvasu Gunas SRS RSR STT TTT RTS TSR TRT STS SRS RSR Rajas 1 2 Tamas Satwa 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1

1 1 1 1 2

2 3 1 1 2 1

Total: Rajas – 9; Tamas – 10; Satwa – 11 Hence Satwa is the most important character of the chart followed by Tamas and Rajas. Chart 04: Swami Narasimha Bharati
Ve Ju (Sa)

Me Ra Su D1-Rasi Mo Ke

Ma Planets Lagna Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Rahu Ketu

As Gunas TTS SSR STR TST STS RRT SSR RSR SSR TRT Rajas 1 1 Tamas 2 1 2 1 1 Satwa 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 2

Nakshatra Swati PBhadrapada Sravana Anuradha Satabhishak Bharani PBhadrapada Punarvasu PBhadrapada PPhalguni

2 1 2 1 1

Total: Rajas – 9; Tamas – 9; Satwa – 12 Hence Satwa is the most important character of the chart followed by Tamas and Rajas equally.

As mentioned earlier for evaluating the full characteristics of a person, analyse the horoscope as a whole and consider the above system also and then come to a conclusion. Nakshatra Lords and gunas: We all know that each Nakshatra has a planet as its Lord. In fact it is the lord of the Nakshatra in which Moon is placed at birth decides the first Dasa in the life of the person under Vimsottari Dasa. Let us try to examine the Nakshatra Lords and the gunas of Nakshatras. Let us find out whether any relationship exists. You can find the Lords of each Nakshatra by referring to any Nakshatra table characteristics. However, for immediate reference I am giving below the Nakshatra Lords: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Ketu – Ashwini, Magha, Moola Venus – Bharani, PPhalguni, PShada Sun – Krittika, UPhalguni, UShada Moon – Rohini, Hasta, Shravana Mars – Mrigasirsha, Chitra, Dhanishta Rahu – Ardra, Swati, Satabhishak Jupiter – Punarvasu, Visakha, PBhadrapada Saturn – Pushya, Anuradha, UBhadrapada Mercury – Aslesha, Jyeshta, Ravti

Let us first examine the basic guna as available in any of the Nakshatra Characteristics table which is the same as the 3rd level characteristic explained above. Rajas quality Nakshatras at the 3rd level or basic quality 1. Ashwini, Magha, Mula (Lord is Ketu) 2. Rohini, Hasta, Shravana (Lord is Moon) 3. Punarvasu, Visakha, PBhadrapada (Lord is Jupiter) Tamas quality Nakshatras at the 3rd level or basic quality 1. Bharani, PPhalguni, PShada (Lord is Venus) 2. Mrigasirsha, Chitra, Dhansihta (Lord is Mars) 3. Pushya, Anuradha, UBhadrapada (Lord is Saturn) Satwa quality Nakshatras at the 3rd level or basic quality 1. Krittika, UPhalguni, UShada (Lord is Sun) 2. Ardra, Swati, Satabhishak (Lord is Rahu) 3. Aslesha, Jyeshta, Revati (Lord is Mercury Before arriving at any conclusion, let us examine the secondary level gunas also:

1. Ashwini, Magha, Mula (Lord is Ketu) 2. Bharani, PPHalguni, PShada (Lord is Venus) 3. Krittika, UPhalguni, UShada (Lord is Sun) Have Rajas guna at the second level. 1. Rahini, Hasta, Sravana (Lord is Moon) 2. Mrigasirsha, Chitra, Dhanishta (lord is Mars) 3. Ardra, Swati, Satabhishak (Lord is Rahu) Have Tamas guna at the second level. 1. Punarvasu, Visakha, PBhadrapada (Lord is Rahu) 2. Pushya, Anuradha, UBhadrapada (Lord is Satrun) 3. Aslesha, Jyeshta, Revati (Lord is Mercury) Have Satwa guna at the second level Let us tabulate the above two findings taking the second level first and the third level as the second: Planet Ketu Venus Sun Moon Mars Rahu Jupiter Saturn Mercury 2nd Level Rajas Rajas Rajas Tamas Tamas Tamas Satwa Satwa Satwa 3rd Level Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa Rajas Tamas Satwa

What does this table denote? Can we draw some conclusion out of this? I will give my view points below. Readers and learned scholars can contribute more on this. Sun is a fiery planet (Rajas). But it represents the soul and hence Satwa characteristics. Venus is for love, lust and passion (Rajas). In order to attain these we go deeper into material life (Tamas) Jupiter too is a fiery planet (Rajas), but again has Satwa characteristics because he is Guru and rules wisdom. Saturn is a spiritual planet, because it is the planet of Sannyas (renouncing the world). Nevertheless, as we all know Saturn represents material things and hence Tamas.

Rahu has the same energies as Saturn only in a different order. It brings us deep into material life (Tamas). However, it only is doing this so we are able to outlive everything that this earth has to offer and then liberate ourselves (Satwa). It may come as a surprise to some people that Mercury turns out to be the most spiritual planet. However, one thing that distinguishes us from animals is our capacity to think and evaluate ourselves. Mercury as an airy planet can liberate us from this earth. It is not a planet of materiality (Tamas) and neither does it like hard work and action (Rajas). It thinks about Tamas and Rajas instead of going into it. To quote the words of my guru: “It is not my intention to give all the answers, but merely to give the reader a system and to represent a way of thinking, which the reader can easily apply himself. After these examples, it will probably not be too hard to meditate about the character of Ketu, Mars and the Moon. “ CONCLUSION In this article I have mentioned the connection of the gunas to the Nakshatras and hence the Nakshatra Lords. I am well aware that there are other systems, which give information about the gunas and the planets.