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sattva

[suht-vuh] /ˈsʌt və/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
See under guna.
Origin
< Sanskrit

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
1860-65; < Sanskrit guṇa thread, quality
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Contemporary definitions for sattva
noun

the quality of spiritual goodness, manifested as intelligence, virtue, and joy, one of the three gunas (qualities of nature) of Hindu philosophy; also called sattwa

Word Origin

Sanskirt 'being, essence'

Usage Note

sattvic is adjective

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Word Origin and History for sattva
n.

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

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