Platform for Human Transformation - A Project of Indian Foundation for Vedic Science

Values to Act -Part 1-

On What basis we should act?

Here comes the Vedas in play. The Four Vedas have some helpbooks, the sad Darsanas (six Darsanas). They are namely:

1.) Yoga

2.) Sankhya


4.) Vaisesika

5.) Vedanta

6.) Nimitaa Karmakanda.

To understand them, we need a proper teacher. With our publications, you have some books / interpretations in your hands, how you can understand them and cultivate the values of the Vedas.

We have for example four Goals for a human being:

1.) Artha

2.) Kama

3.) Dharma

4.) Moksha

Maybe you are familiar with the Maslowsche Pyramid, they are not quite the same.

1.) Artha

That means having a basic security in life, something to eat, clothes, a shelter etc..

2.) Kama

Means like to enjoy sense pleasures.

3.) Dharma

Means right living, to live together in harmony. Most important.

For getting an idea of it, please check out the ramayana of the foundation under the publications.

4.) Moksha

Means to understand one's own nature, to be a jivanmukti as this jiva.

Dharma trumps Moksha.

So this are the goals in Life. How can you reach a goal?

To understand this, we should look also at the gunas:

Guna means Quality. It is said, that through the three ropes Sattva/Rajas and Tamas, this seemingly creation is held together.

1.) Tamas

Means heavy, that what is dark (also material)

2.) Rajas

Means that what is active, moving.


Means that what is subtle and clear (also like unmanifest).

So the gunas need a balance to operate right.

Imagine a tightrope walker. She/He carefully balances the weight and moves to his goal.

Also so, as humans we need to balance the gunas proberly.

In which examples we need a certain quality (guna) in life?


Sleeping: In the evening, we need tamas, to get a good sleep:


If you want to get in the morning up, you need rajas. To get things done and be active.


To know which direction to go, you should be clear about your goal and values to it. There comes sattva into play.

Preferably, it is like this, that one his sattva dominated, then comes rajas and least tamas (but in balance).

You see, you need all three of them in a mix. So it is not bad to have tamas or rajas. The proportion is the key. You can influence them through your behavior, surroundings, meals you take, etc...there are many ways.