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Sonia Mazumdar

The foods we eat can influence the Gunas in our being. The science of Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on this. The following is an introduction to some of the foods, which correspond with the Gunas.


Prakriti or the constitution of body consists of three basic qualities or three prime attributes: the three Gunas: Satva, Rajas and Tamas Satva is the principle of harmony, selflessness and peace. Rajas is the principle of energy, activity, swiftness and destruction. Tamas lacks activity, is dull, stagnant, resistant and inert.

These three Gunas or qualities define three characteristic domains of people. This implies that one who is Satvic values truth, honesty and has moral values. He attains fame and God through his good deeds.

When Rajas Guna is predominant there is fight for authority, vigor, vitality, prestige and control.

Tamasic nature bears fear of loss, inferiority complex, inertia, ignorance ansd dullness.

The foods we eat can influence the Gunas in our being. The science of Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on this. The following is an introduction to some of the foods, which correspond with the Gunas.

Sattvic Food

These foods nourish the body the most. They provide the basis to help maintain then body in a peaceful state, calming the mind, enabling it to function at maximum potential. These foods include cereals, whole meal bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, pure fruit juices, milk, butter, cheese, legumes, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, honey and herb teas.

Rajasic Food

Foods that are very hot, bitter, sour, dry or salty are rajasic. Spicy foods are stimulating, and therefore are destructive to mind-body equilibrium in that they feed the body at the expense of the mind. Too much rajasic food will over stimulate the body and excite the passions, making the mind restless and uncontrollable. Rajasic foods include hot substances such as sharp spices or strong herbs. Stimulants like coffee and tea, fish, eggs, salt, and chocolate.

Tamasic Food

Tamasic items include meat, alcohol, tobacco, fermented foods such as vinegar and stale or overripe substances.

This classification does not imply that rajasic or Tamasic diet should be completely avoided. Because in each herb lies some or the other medicinal value. And a balance of all feeds the Satva Guna.

These three Gunas inturn also control the three doshas, the tripod of ayurveda.

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