Three Gunas & Three Seals:
Bhagavad-Gita and the
Revelation of John
“The gunas are rajas, tamas and sattva. Rajas is impulse, movement, action, or passion. It is associated with the color red, with fast cars, with spicy food. Tamas is resistance, inertia, heaviness, ignorance, sleep. It is associated with the color black...Sattva is continuity, balance, harmony, purity and goodness. It is associated with the color white, with spirituality and calmness.”
Windows Into the Infinite
—A Guide to the Hindu Scriptures
“Sattva is more than just its literal meaning of truth, but rather the quality of truth to which one should aspire—filled with light, a form of honest and pure moral conduct. Some have translated sattva as ‘lucidity.’ Sattva tends to be associated with the moral ideal for brahmins as teachers and priests. Rajas, on the other hand, is the quality of passion, being connected to the fruits of actions and being overjoyed or disappointed at the results of those actions. Just as sattva is light (both in terms of the spectrum and in terms of weight), rajas tends to be heavy, and associated with struggle. Rajas tends to be the quality that soldiers are most associated with. Finally, tamas is the quality of darkness, and that quality is associated with negative behavior, greed, laziness and dishonesty. According to the Gita, this quality weighs all beings down and is an impediment on the yoga of action, with Krishna as its center. Tamas tends to be associated with the dark and demonic rather than the divine. Krishna advises all people to strive toward sattva, no matter what their station in life.”
translated by Laurie L. Patton
The First Seal of the Revelation of John is the rider on the white horse, symbolizing the non-spatial, non-temporal (unmoving), non-dualistic, 2-dimensional ‘flat’-space “observing consciousness” Created ‘by and in the image of God’ (Genesis 1:27) and the Knowledge Revealed through the Vision of the “Son of man” (or the “Tree of Life”, or the “Night Journey”) and the Revelation of “the resurrection”.
The Second Seal of the Revelation of John is the rider on the red horse, symbolizing the “beast of the sea”, dualistic, 3-dimensional ‘curved spatiality’ of consciousness referred to as the “self” (originating in fear and desire—i.e.., movement).
And the Third Seal of the Revelation of John is the rider on the black horse, symbolizing the “beast of the earth” dualistic consciousness of the ‘thinker’, which maintains and extends the 3-dimensional ‘curved spatiality’ of the consciousness of the “self” by means of the fourth dimension of time.
There is, then, an obvious and close correspondence between sattva and the First Seal, rajas and the Second Seal, and tamas and the Third Seal; correspondences which, however, are not only not appreciated by Christian theology, but specifically disregarded by Christian Prophecy ‘scholars’ in pursuit of utterly bizarre (but profitable) ‘Prophecies’, thereby ignorantly denying and demeaning the Wisdom of the Revelations received by both John and Jesus...
Which also goes a long way toward explaining why Christian theology has no interest at all in the Gospel of Thomas.