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Week - 2 - Understand your inner-self


Rules for week-2

Now that you have successfully completed the cleaning process and have your inner self purified to some extent. You may now go through “understanding your inner self” process. Please be honest to yourself and follow instructions and rules for week-2. You are your own judge and remember, we can’t bluff our own self!!

  • Continue with the morning routine as suggested in week-1.
  • Strictly, no smoking, no alcohol, no non-vegetarian food, no oily and spicy food, no carbonated beverages, no packed and junk food. You can easily do without them.
  • No aggression and no criticism. Even if you do not like something, appreciate the good side first and then explain how the bad part could have been done in a better way!
  • Do not harm anyone, knowingly.
  • Express happiness loudly and clearly.
  • Continue with appreciating your children, your spouse, and your subordinates, every day.
  • Spend 15 minutes on meditation or prayer before going to bed.
  • Spend 5 minutes on analysis for the day and fill the “Jyotikalash checklist”, before going to bed.
  • Must sleep for 7 to 8 hours every day. No more and no less!!
  • Read linked article/s and follow the instructions.


Day -1

Make a review of the last week. Could you follow the rules religiously? Could you be deeply in touch with yourself for a few moments?

Write down a few lines on your experience of last one week. Don’t worry if there were some gaps. If you made a beginning, cover the gaps in the coming weeks and experience the delight of getting insights about the solutions of some problems which were unanswered so far. Take your decisions for the next week.

Once you start the second week, you can tear off the checklist of the first week.

Go through the rules of second week. Most of them you have already started following.  Reflect about the additional rules and start following them. Take a print out of the checklist of the second week ready for yourself.

Day -2

Go through the following write up:

Insights about Life from Triguna Theory

            The Sankhya school of Indian philosophy says that the human mind is a manifestation of three “Gunas” namely Sattwa, Rajas, and Tamas.

  • Sattwa (S) represents purity, truth, knowledge and goodness.
  • Rajas (R) represents restlessness, activity, passion, ambition
  • Tamas (T) represents darkness, laziness, ignorance, obstruction and confusion.

Sattwa is pure and tranquil and has the power to illumine. When sattwa overcomes the other two gunas, then a man becomes endowed with happiness, virtue and knowledge.
Rajas leads man to action, rouses attachment, and causes the vision of multiplicity and growth. When Rajas overcomes Tamas and Sattwa, then a man becomes active, finds wealth and fame, and suffers misery. 
Tamas is characterized by inertia, casts a veil of ignorance over one’s mind and makes one lose the power of discrimination. When Tamas overcome Sattwa and Rajas, then a man become stricken with grief and delusion; he lives in a dream of hope, he becomes cruel and falls asleep spiritually.
Most of the times, these gunas work in combinations. Each combination has a different implication. For instance:

  • When Rajas is Sattwic, it leads to learning and the progress made is in welfare of all. Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, etc. are some examples of Sattwic Rajas.
  • When Sattwa is Rajasic, it generates active efforts for inner growth. Struggle is involved here also. However, since the end result leads to harmony, ultimately the person is able to go above the struggle and is able to touch pure Sattwa. The best examples of Rajasic sattwa are Mother Teresa and swami Vivekanand
  • Tamasic Rajas leads to cut-throat competition and a win-lose game. People perceive their success when others are less successful.
  • Rajasic Tamas leads to active efforts for revenge or fulfillment of greed on the cost of others. Crimes and hatred are the ultimate outcome.
  • Sattwic Tamas leads to relaxation. This prepares people for future efforts of growth and learning. However, when this state continues for a long period, people as well as the organizations or countries remain underdeveloped.
  • Tamasic Sattwa implies a wish to do good from within but at the same time feel lethargic. In case of any opposition, such people take a back seat and remain where they are.

Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas are present in all human beings. What matters is which guna is active at what period of time and what is the ratio of S.R.T at that stage of life. When sattwa is active, human mind is at peace and a peaceful mind attracts another peaceful mind. For instance, when a person is running into twenties, if sattwa is active most of the time, the person is likely to get married to a happy and positive person and is likely to get good seniors and/or employers.
Try to relate the concept of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas with your own life.
Keep following the rules of week two and fill the checklist.

Day - 3

Go through the write up “Insights about Life from Triguna Theory” once again and reflect on its implications in one’s life as per your experience. Some of the insights which we get from Triguna theory are:

  • The Sattwa helps in maintaining harmony and team spirit.
  • Whenever there is a conflict, the reason lies in Rajas or Tamas.
  • When choosing a person as a subordinate or as a life partner, one should ensure that Sattwa and Sattwic Rajas are the dominating part of his or her nature and Tamas is very low.
  • When facing financial crisis, one should check the level of Tamas in one’s day-to-day life. Remember, Sattwa leads to meaningful action whereas being engaged in non-meaningful activities may be an indirect expression of Tamas.
  • To exercise a positive influence on subordinates or children or in other important long term relationships, a high degree of Sattwa mixed with Rajas is needed.
  • Aggressive nature is a result of Tamasic Rajas.
  • When stress is too high, Rajas (ambitions and competitiveness, very high degree of physical activity, criticisms, etc.) should be reduced and Sattwa (creating harmony, helping or serving others, moderate physical activity, forgiveness etc.) should be increased.

You can draw your own inferences by understanding the theory of Triguna. If possible, read related literature form other sources.

Day -4

Assess the degree of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas in you at this stage of your life:

Given below is a list of some characteristics which reflect Sattwa, Rajas or Tamas. Tick (or put a dot) in the appropriate cell against each word depending on to what extent you feel this word reflects your thoughts, feelings or actions. For instance, if you are extremely caring, tick at 7 and if you are not al all caring, tick at 1 for the first characteristic.


Characteristics Reflecting Sattwa, Rajas or Tamas



























Comfort loving









Can feel others pain









Take pleasure in winning









Blaming others




































Cool and calm









Love to oblige others









Too much dependent on others









Spreading happiness













































Spreading anxiety or hatred









Always learning









Love wealth and status









Work only under pressure.


















Love to get recognition









Defaming others









Concern for others


















Can harm others









Creating harmony









Creating profits









Consuming wealth








Scoring Key

Put the scores given to each characteristic in the appropriate cell in third column. The total scores of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas give a comparative picture of the three Gunas within you. Ideally, Sattwa should be significantly higher than Rajas and Rajas should be significantly higher than Tamas


     Item No.




 1,  4,  7, 10, 13,




 2,  5,  8, 11,14,
17, 20,23,26,29




3,  6,  9, 12, 15,



Day – 5 : Enhancing Sattwa

The essence of above analysis is that to be happy and prosperous at the same time, we should keep sattwa as our dominating Guna while sattwic Rajas should be nurtured to progress happily and sattwic tamas should help us to take appropriate rest. Sattwa gives the answer of most of the psychological issues of life.
To enhance the degree of Sattwa within us, we should start with our thoughts, our words and our actions initially.  Gradually it becomes a part of one’s character. Consider the following:

  • Do not blame others. Not even in thoughts. If the matter is urgent, only firmly bring the other person on the right part.
  • Never criticize someone in his or her absence.
  • Language should be positive even if we are deeply hurt.
  • Intentions should be positive for all.
  • We should always support others for a positive cause.
  • We should never be afraid of others anger, lust, jealousy or anything which may have a negative impact on us.
  • The negative impact will come only if we open doors for it through Rajas or Tamas. Rajas comes in us if we become ambitious. Tamas comes in us if we become angry, afraid, anxious, greedy or lethargic.
  • Be truthful and authentic.
  • Never be revengeful even in thoughts
  • A desire to get appreciation or respect is Rajasic and leads to disappointment. Rather, accept appreciation gracefully if it comes naturally.
  • Enjoying fruits of others’ efforts is Tamasic
  • Active efforts to get connected to pure and divine power through meditation, through service of nature or through service of people works to get close to Sattwa. 

Choose any three of above mentioned methods of enhancing Sattwa and start working on them from today itself.

Continue filling the checklist for week two.

Day – 6

Make a review of day 4 and 5 and continue your efforts to enhance Sattwa within you.

Day -7

Make a review of last two weeks and fill the feedback form.