THE WORD GUNAATEETA
November 27, 1998
Des Plaines, IL: Parimal's home

The word gunaateeta is made up of two parts, guna (modes of nature) and ateeta (beyond). The three modes of nature are as follows: (1) sattvaguna - the mode of goodness associated with demigods; (2) rajoguna - the mode of passion associated with humans; and (3) tamoguna - the mode of ignorance associated with demons. Everyone is made up of these three qualities, and usually one predominates a person at a particular time.

A person that is gunaateeta has transcended the three gunas, and the three avasthaas (states): (1) jaagruta - awake; (2) svapna - dream; and (3) sushupti - deep sleep. As well as the three bodies: (1) sthula deha - the gross or physical body; (2) sukshma deha - the subtle body made up of the mind, intellect, ego, and chitta; and (3) kaarana deha - the causation body or inherent program that keeps one within the cycle of birth and death.

There are three phases in becoming gunaateeta: (1) shabdaateeta - beyond words; (2) bhaavaateeta - beyond feelings; and (3) gunaateeta - beyond nature.

But the word gunaateeta took on its greatest meaning when Swaminarayan Bhagwan gave the name Gunatitanand Swami to His Manifest Abode, Mulji Sharma on Poshi Poonam in 1810. In Swami Ni Vato 1/47, Gunatitanand Swami states, "God's Abode is gunaateeta, and [We] want to make [all] souls gunaateeta."

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