66. Prime Axioms: A Modern View of the 'Gunas' Principle
 
 

One of the greatest and most important discoveries in the history of philosophy was the revelation of the 'gunas-principle' in Ancient India.

Unfortunately, it is now one of the most ignored and underestimated principles.

It comes therefore as quite a surprise that 'modern' philosophers (not from the institutionalized mainstream, mind you!) have discovered this principle anew and they did so rather independently.

While the Indian approach appeared to be isolating the core elements of the character of a human Being through intense and prolonged meditation, the modern Western approach arrived at it mainly by looking at the sequence of lives of Beings and through theoretical speculation.

Drawing a chart of the life sequence of a Being results in a table that is called a line plot.

One of the most striking properties of such a line plot is the alternation of the 'main' (or 'central') valences of a person from one lifetime to the next.

Frequent paradigm sets are beggar/millionaire, saint/criminal, genius/imbecile, adventurer/couch potato, traditionalist/revolutionary etc, etc. and the individual sets remain surprisingly similar over incredible long time periods.

Yet they are also different for every human Being.

The question arises: is there a basic set of qualities with which these core paradigms align?

And, if so, is there a way to access these core paradigms within a reasonable time and using reasonable effort?

Once found and understood, what impact will it have on the future course of lives of a Being?

The Indian approach was to find the common denominator in the extremes of an individual set of paradigms.

One component, called 'ragas', was the outgoing, 'positive', bright, and conquering side.

The other component, called 'tamas' was the introverted, 'negative', dark, and defeated side.

Both are gaining their power through the spark of pure intention, called 'sattva'.

This triad of qualities, the 'gunas', was said  to be the principal construct determining the individual human character.

Its discovery through isolation of the core qualities within the jungle of human emotions and behavior patterns was therefore of crucial importance and a focal point in ancient meditation
techniques.

While the circumstance that every Being has its very own set of core qualities was largely lost over time, the basic philosophy of the 'gunas' is still present in today's time.

As mentioned above, 'modern' approaches are going a radically different way and three main approaches are visible:

  - drawing a chart of past lives until a clear
    pattern emerges and the person recognizes the
    two most basic valences as their own set of
    prime motivations;

  - tracing back goals/problems/(mental masses)
    ("GPM's") to their origin, yielding the basic
    goal of a person.

  - assessing the person's core valences using
    a biofeedback device until the pattern
    crystallizes;

  - finding the actual moment of creation (or
    first contact) with the two core qualities
    that constitute the basic pair of axioms
    for an individual (pioneered by Edward Berwick
   eberwick@pacbell.net ).

It is immediately apparent that the last approach is preferable because it avoids the interference of human language or other conceptual crutches by accessing the core qualities directly as perceptions rather than abstractions.

The likelihood of words altering the perception of the core qualities is considerable. The danger in doing so is the incorrect selection of an item from a list of choices.

This phenomenon, sometimes called a 'wrong list item', can create havoc of major proportions, and it is the main reason that asking the "why...?" is a big no-no in any kind of processing.

The exact mechanism of this killer trap has never been explained exhaustively. Yet, it is claiming a lot of victims.

Now, what would be the advantages of finding one's prime motivators in life?

The individual qualities (or 'Codes' in Knowledgism http://www.knowledgism.com/ ) have determined the course of one's lives since aeons.

And more often than not in a negative way:
 


Any course of action that is not aligned with the central goal/anti-goal of a person will inevitably lead to a decrease of happiness and success.

A person not following its own basic axioms will become the worst enemy of itself.

The individual discovery and recognition of a person's 'gunas' or 'prime motivator' or 'goal/anti goal' can lead to an alignment of the person's current and future goals,
dramatically increasing effectiveness and success rate.

With practice, other people's goal/anti-goal constructs can be recognized. Just as one example out of many, Dennis Stephens in his work 'The Resolution of Mind (TROM)' traces
his goal constructs ('GPMs') back to 'knowing' and then postulates that 'knowing' is the basic goal in this Universe.

With the knowledge of the 'gunas' or 'prime motivators' is becomes immediately clear that Stephens simply transposed his very own basic goal ('knowing') onto the rest of mankind. (His approach is still feasible for many people as long as
'knowing' will be replaced by a person's own prime goal.)

It seems, the application of the gunas in life seems far more important than the act of discovery or the theoretical knowledge of its contents.

From a larger view, the lives of a Being in this Universe are centered around the two poles of its principal goal and its principal anti-goal.

Thus, it seems only a matter of time spent on the path to self-discovery and liberation until the most basic goals in life will have to be recognized as such.
 


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