sattva

sattva

[suht-vuh]
noun Hinduism.
See under guna.

Origin:
< Sanskrit

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guna

[goon-uh]
noun
(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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Main Entry:  sattva
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  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
Etymology:  Sanskirt 'being, essence'
Usage:  sattvic is adjective
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sattva
"truth" (in Hindu philosophy), from Skt. sattvah "truth," lit. "being," cognate with Goth. sunjis, O.E. soð "true" (see sooth).
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