Sattva (Sanskrit: "purity", literally "existence, reality"; adjective: sāttvika, "pure", anglicised Sattvic) is the highest of the three gunas(Qualities) in Samkhya phylosophy of Hinduism.

Attribute[edit | edit source]

Sattva as an attribute is purity, true reality, free from external influence.

Satva refers to that which is beneficial to all creatures in the world and denotes goodness. Joyfulness, contentment, nobleness, enlightenment and cheerfulness along with absence of stinginess, absence of fear, forgiveness, courage, abstaining from injuring any creature, self-control, truth, straightforwardness, absence of wrath, absence of malice, purity, intelligence, dexterity - these pertain to the quality of Satva or the Satva Guna (goodness).

Food[edit | edit source]

Foods that increase the above mentioned qualities are known as Satvika Ahara. Food should be fresh and as natural as possible, preferably organically grown and not genetically modified. Food must be devoid of preservatives or artificial flavouring.

Sattvic food includes fruits, nuts, milk & it's products, cereals, vegetables(beans, leaves, etc.), etc.

Examples: Juicy fruits like mango, pomegranate, coconut, figs, peaches, pears, fresh vegetables that are easily digestible, fresh milk and butter, whole soaked or sprouted grains, beans like mung dal, yellow lentils, kidney beans, lima beans and nuts, many herbs and spices in the right combination with other foods.

No animal flesh products should be consumed by those wishing to cultivate Satva Guna.

Also, chili peppers should not be consumed by those wishing to cultivate Satva Guna.

Life style[edit | edit source]

The Sattva lifestyle is comprised of purity, clarity, and healthy calmness.

See no evil
Hear no evil
Speak no evil

The Sattva lifestyle is supposed to be lived by Brahmins (including sanyasis). Abstaining from actions of Rajas and Tamas is said to lead to a spiritual life.

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