Origin of sattva

From Sanskrit


[goo n-uh]
  1. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sattva

Historical Examples of sattva

  • Thus "sight," or the power of seeing, is a modification of the quality of sattva unobstructed by rajas and tamas.

Word Origin and History for sattva

"truth" (in Hindu philosophy), from Sanskrit sattvah "truth," literally "being," cognate with Gothic sunjis, Old English soð "true" (see sooth).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper