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guna

[goo n-uh] /ˈgʊn ə/
noun
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Sanskrit guṇa thread, quality
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noun

three qualities of nature according to Hindu philosophy, including consciousness (sattva), activity (rajas), and inactivity (tamas)

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