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Originating in Samkhya philosophy, sattva is one of the three gunas of Hinduism. It is a common means, along with the other two states, of categorizing behavior and natural phenomena in Hindu philosophy. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, sattva has been translated to mean "purity" and refers to one of three possible qualities (gunas) or mental states of a person's mind. This typically implies that a person with this quality has a positive or even orderly state of mind. Such a persion is psychologically kind, calm, alert and thoughtful.
Sattva is sometimes transliterated and spelled as sattwa.
It is used in Hindu diagnostics to assess conditions and diets in Ayurveda.
See also: Mercury
- Tirtha, Swami Sada Shiva, The Ayurveda Encyclopedia.