Entry from US English dictionary
(In Vedanta) the element or mode of prakriti associated with lethargy, darkness, and ignorance.
- Happiness which is obtained with ‘delusion from beginning to end’ and that arises from laziness and fantasy is achieved in the mode of tamas or ignorance.
- Agni dispels darkness or tamas that fills the world.
- He also assimilated the three characteristics called gunas (namely tattva virtue, rajas power, passion and tamas mediocrity), specified in the Sankhya literature, into his teachings.
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