Terms

deva, asura, daeva

deva, asura, daeva
Heavens, Atmosphere, Earth/Body
Sattva, Rajas, Tamas
power related to understanding, power related to activity, power related to acquisition
 
 

From Kashmir, which belongs square within the Vedic world, comes crucial evidence regarding a three-way division consisting of devas, asuras, and daevas. The scheme rejects the three-way division that is basic to Vedic thought. These three divisions in the outer realm are the earth, atmosphere, and the sun; in the inner world they are the body, breath (prana), and consciousness or atman. This tripartite classification is mirrored in the gunas of Indian thought: sattva, rajas, and tamas.

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