Thus has nature marked every man with his caste, by the predominance in himself of one, or the mixture of two, of the gunas.
Of course every human being has all three gunas in varying proportions.
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.
three qualities of nature according to Hindu philosophy, including consciousness (sattva), activity (rajas), and inactivity (tamas)