LAW OF THREE
YEAR 4

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LAW OF THREE

This course considers in detail the law of three, which describes the operation of the three guṇāh, the three fundamental substances or primary forces or energies in creation.

This course takes a more systematic and practical look at the three guṇāh. The knowledge of the guṇāh is the key to self-mastery. Knowledge of their play brings greater understanding to all aspects of life, providing perspective, understanding and the opportunity to respond freely to every situation we meet.

 

A prerequisite for enrolment:
Completion of the first 9 courses.

 

Law of Three is not available this term.

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WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT?

The first course in the 4th year, The Law of Three, explores the ancient sāṃkhya teaching of the three fundamental substances running through everything and reveals how this teaching can help to bring harmony and balance into life.

“Everything is governed by the law of three
and this law of three works from the top
to right down to the bottom of our creation.”

- Śrī Śāntānanda Sarasvatī, 1967

TOPICS EACH WEEK

Independence from the Guṇāh

Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas

Echoes of the three in Plato

Making Sattwa

Balance and imbalance

Negative forms of Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas

Seeing what’s not here, now; not seeing what is here, now

Detachment and discernment

The roles of manas, buddhi, chitta and ahamkara

Agents of the Guṇāh

Three types of pleasure

The movement from fine to coarse and coarse to fine

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OUR COURSE IN PRACTICAL PHILOSOPHY MAKES WISDOM PRACTICAL.

Somewhere along the way, practical philosophy got hijacked by theoretical philosophy. It’s time to take it back. Our courses are for people seeking to understand the nature of existence and the world in which we live.