The highest and lightest of the gunas, sattva is the quality of truthfulness, lucidity, or purity in things that leads people to worship the gods trustfully, act without clinging to consequences or desires, and find joy in one’s insight about the interconnection of all selves. A tendency toward sattva leads people toward a transcendental dissolution of the self and the end of the samsara cycle. (The adjective form of sattva is “sattvic.”)
Sattva Quotes in The Bhagavad Gita
The The Bhagavad Gita quotes below are all either spoken by Sattva or refer to Sattva. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Bhagavad Gita published in 2008.).
Discourse 14 Quotes
Sattva Term Timeline in The Bhagavad Gita
The timeline below shows where the term Sattva appears in The Bhagavad Gita. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Similarly, there are three kinds of food, sacrifice, heated bodily discipline, and gifts. Sattvic foods are satisfying, pleasant, healthy, flavorful and smooth; rajasic foods are spicy, salty, sour, and... (full context)
.../ of the mind” involves clarity, gentleness, silence, self-control, and purity. These three disciplines are sattvic when performed in trust and without a desire for ends; rajasic when done for the... (full context)
...but undertaking prescribed action for its own sake, without an attention to its fruit, is sattvic. Intelligent actors neither “cling to / auspicious actions” nor hate inauspicious ones. (full context)