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Sattvic knowledge sees the one indestructible Being in all beings, the unity underlying the multiplicity of creation. Rajaistic knowledge sees all things and creatures as separate and distinct. Tamasic knowledge, lacking any sense of perspective, sees one small part and mistakes it for the whole.

-Bhagavad Gita 18:20-22

Excerpted from The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran, copyright 1985. Reprinted from Nilgiri Press, To order the book, please call 1-800-475-2369.