In the philosophy
of Yoga, all matter in the universe arises from the fundamental
substrate called Prakriti. From this ethereal Prakriti the three primary
gunas (qualities) emerge creating the essential aspects of all
nature—energy, matter and consciousness. These three gunas are tamas
(darkness), rajas (activity), and sattva (beingness).
is a state of energy, action, change and movement. The
nature of rajas is of attraction, longing and attachment and rajas
strongly binds us to the fruits of our work. To reduce rajas avoid
rajasic foods, over exercising, over work, loud music, excessive
thinking and consuming excessive material goods. Rajasic foods include
fried foods, spicy foods, and stimulants.
Rajasic Food is usually hot food, both in terms of temperature and spiciness; they include fried food, coffee, tea, spices, fish, eggs, salt, peppers, chocolate and other stimulants. These foodstuffs are seen by some as a block to the body-mind equilibrium, feeding the body at the expense of the mind and stimulating artificial processes in the brain making it restless and wandering.
psychological qualities are highly unstable and can quickly fluxuate
between the different gunas. The predominate guna of the mind acts
as a lens that effects our perceptions and perspective of the world
around us. Thus, if the mind is in rajas it will experience world events
as chaotic, confusing and demanding and it will react to these events in
a rajasic way.