tamas

tamas

[tuhm-uhs]
noun Hinduism.
See under guna.

Origin:
< Sanskrit: darkness

tamasic [tuh-mas-ik] , adjective
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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:  tamas
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a state of ignorance or inactivity, the lowest of the three gunas (qualities of nature) in Hindu philosophy
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