Definition of tamas in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtəməs/

Entry from US English dictionary


(In Vedanta) the element or mode of prakriti associated with lethargy, darkness, and ignorance.
Example sentences
  • 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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