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noun Hinduism.
  1. See under guna.
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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).
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Origin of guna

First recorded in 1860–65, guna is from the Sanskrit word guṇa thread, quality
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Historical Examples of sattva

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

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha

    Madhava Acharya

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).

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