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[goo n-uh] /ˈgʊn ə/
(in Sankhya and Vedantic philosophy) one of the three qualities of prakriti, or nature, which are passion (rajas) dullness or inertia (tamas) and goodness or purity (sattva)
Origin of guna
First recorded in 1860-65, guna is from the Sanskrit word guṇa thread, quality Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of course every human being has all three gunas in varying proportions.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • But what is this letting go gunas (cords fettering the soul); if one is fettered by these gunas, how can there be release?

  • Upwards and downwards stretch its branches, expanded by the potencies (gunas); the sense-objects are its sprouts.

    Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead
  • Thus has nature marked every man with his caste, by the predominance in himself of one, or the mixture of two, of the gunas.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
Contemporary definitions for gunas

three qualities of nature according to Hindu philosophy, including consciousness (sattva), activity (rajas), and inactivity (tamas)'s 21st Century Lexicon
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