The 3 Planes
There are 3 planes of existence, the
gross, the subtle, and the causal.
On the gross plane are physical objects –
trees, houses, and your body.
On the subtle plane is your mind, ego,
and intellect – the organs of perception.
On the causal level are the 3 gunas or
energies that control everything in reality. In the
causal level these energies are in a seed state, until
they cycle down through your subtle body.
EVERYTHING in EXISTENCE- all objects in
the universe consist of various combinations of the
three gunas; including our thoughts, emotions,
attitudes, habits, supernatural phenomena, psychic
abilities, ghosts and goblins, angels and other-worldly
beings, and any and all physical objects.
These energies are very similar to
computer programs. Humans are the only species that gets
to program the programs that run their lives, but most
people, in their lifetime, will not even become aware of
these programs running because they are too caught up in
them to pay attention to their inner workings. If you
can see these programs and get disgusted by them ruling
your life, you have already advanced past 95% of the
people on planet earth!
These programs are not you and you had no
choice in the matter. These are automatic programs out
of your conscious control. You ARE NOT responsible for
any of this!
These programs were set up in you by
everyone that you ever came in contact with, starting in
your early childhood. These people did not understand
that they were programming your gunas and they their
self were all programmed by someone else. No one here
is to blame, this is just the way things are on the
causal level. It is not a matter of right or wrong, its
just the way the Grand Machine of the universe is run.
The 3 Energies
There are 3 energies that operate inside
everyone’s subtle body: raja, tamas, and sattva. These
energies can arise on their own and put you in a frame
of mind that is good or bad – against your will!
And these energies can also be
cultivated by you a few hours in advance. You can learn
now to program yourself with the energies you want, when
you want it – by what I call “preemptive cultivation”.
Raja energy is an intense agitation of
the mind. Any time the mind pursues what it likes or
fights against what it doesn’t like – rajas energy is
Raja is an intense spiking energy
projected by the mind; up and down up and down, like a
row of v’s . Raja is the mode of passion, desire, and
anger. A person experiencing raja pursues their
desires – and when they are blocked from getting what
they desire, they get angry. It is painful, vain,
ego-centric, and childish. (I want what I want, now!)
Raja compels you to action – it is a tension that makes
the mind do things and then do more things. While you
are busying doing things the mind is trying to hurry you
up –hurry, hurry, so much work to do, hurry! People who
are predominantly rajastic tend to live on stimulants
like coffee, tea, and cigarettes. All emotional pain
is rajas. All physical pain is rajas. The most pain
comes from the subtle body demanding that life be
different than what it is. Acceptance of life is key to
overcoming all pain.
Tamas is a cloud of delusion. Tamas is
also darkness, tiredness, and sloth. It is inertia.
Tamas is also considered to be the realm of demons.
People who are predominantly tamasic are emotionally
stunted. Typically they suffer a lot from emotional
problems such as: anxiety, panic, depression,
addictions, pain disorders, social problems, family
problems, emotional outbursts, unresolved relationship
problems that drag on for 10 or more years, obsessions,
compulsions, eating disorders, and obesity. People who
are predominantly tamasic tend to live on unhealthy
foods and they use stimulants to counteract it. They
are lazy, have no motivation, and blame everyone else
for their troubles. They never see reality the way it
really is because they have low self esteem that
“clouds” their vision.
Tamas is not a bad energy, none of them
are! Tamas is needed for sleep, grounding, and for
fulfillment of ideas – but in moderation. Without tamas
ideas would never ground / manifest into reality.
Without tamas, no one would rest or sleep. When I feel
tamas descending into my mind, it feels like a fuzzy
cotton ball, my mind slows and it is hard to think. My
eyes get heavy and go out of focus and the subtle
energies stop buzzing loudly, everything gets quieter.
After observing tamas dispassionately in myself for the
past year, I came to think of tamas as the sandman. The
sandman is good when you need sleep! Tamas energy
should be cultivated at bed time – especially if you are
an insomniac or have pain disorders.
Rajas and tamas are incestuous bedfellows
– you can’t have one without the other. They go hand in
hand. For instance, people who are totally rajastic
can’t ever relax. When they do relax, they go right to
sleep in the blink of an eye; right from rajas to
tamas. Tamasic people will get very far behind in their
work because of inertia and laziness, they will put
things off until it is an emergency to get things done –
then they go into panic mode and become rajasic.
Sattva is a clear, steady, still, and
pure mind. Sattva is the Tao. Sattva is flow; one
experiencing sattva feels on top of the world, things
just fall into place, and they happily glide through
their day: even negative things don’t “bring them
down”. Sattva brings confidence. Sattva is your direct
line to divinity – in rajas and tamas keep you from
A person can have any one of the 3
energies dominant at any time. For instance, a person’s
mind may be rajasic, when their body is tamasic. At 3am
this is a problem – insomnia; the mind won’t settle down
enough to let the person drift off to sleep.
Of the 3 energies, Sattva is the energy
to cultivate – sages and mystics have used sattva and
Samadhi since time immemorial to propel them away from
bondage to rajas and tamas (bad habits, compulsions,
obsessions, etc.) and towards their goals. Being in a
sattvic state will naturally engage the higher
chakras. There are those who are born naturally sattvic.
If this is not the case with you, then cultivating
sattva is the next best thing.
The mind has no nature of its own – it is
a blank slate. It takes on the nature of what it
For instance, if you get upset at someone
and your mind reels and reels with scenarios and
speculations about what may happen, what has happened,
and or what if this happens or that, etc., on and on!
If you allow your mind to do this uninterrupted for
hours on end – yes, this is mediation! It may be a
negative type of meditation, but it is meditation.
If you allow your mind to mediate like this and you do
not attempt to change the broken record playing in your
mind, you become a victim of your own mind. And you
become what you are thinking, negativity and all.
99% of earthlings today live in this
state – as victims of their own minds. Most people will
never even realize it! Most people truly believe their
thoughts are reality – they do not see their thoughts as
thoughts at all. (And their opinions are facts,
(Action flows from your understanding and knowledge -
there is no instruction booklet or recipe that has a
step by step plan - you have to figure this stuff out on
your own by doing your own spiritual footwork and
cutting your own spiritual teeth. If you are incapable
of figuring this stuff out and you are still looking for
the step 1, step 2, step 3 - that means you are tamasic
(dull minded) and you need to cultivate sattva
mind is clean and clear enough to comprehend.)
To lift yourself out of tamas and rajas
you first have to identify them when they occur and
observe them dispassionately. Get to know the 3
energies inside and out. Don’t fight them, just observe
them. Identify them. (You can’t do this in a single
day, it takes time – keep at it!)
Identifying sattva and learning to
cultivate it is something each person must do for their
self. Everyone is affected differently because
everyone’s mind is uniquely different. You have to
experiment and take notes and figure it out for
yourself. I can’t hand you an owner’s manual on your
own mind because it really is uniquely yours. But,
there are some guidelines that tend to fit everyone
because everyone has these energies - for instance
meditation will make you sattvic.