Originally published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Literati Quarterly.
I am hesitant to mention the Three
Guanas. Sattwa, which is light and goodness
and purity, Rajas which is passion
and ambition and striving, and Tamas,
which is stability and lethargy
and inertia. The ratios of these
very, but equal 1 all together,
as suggested plainly to Arjuna
by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.
The metaphor may or may not be true.
Maybe Tolstoy was correct when in War
and Peace he said “you will die and find out
everything- or cease asking.” Or maybe
that is nowhere near correct, that Tolstoy
doesn’t give us enough credit for what
we can accomplish now, in this life, pure
and restless and lazy as it is. Ask,
why was I hesitant to share the Gunas?
Division is tough, and because we have
only years to rest, they should be cherished.