What are the dangers of the three gunas (modes)?
A devotee asked like this:
“Hare Krishna, How can we free ourselves from the mode of goodness.. I have understood how one frees from mode of passion and ignorance.. But i am unable to understand goodness. Example, if i serve my grandmother only because i want to and not because I want something property from her, so that will be in the mode of goodness..but how can one be free from it ?”
You seem to have the wish of becoming a Paramahamsa or liberated person.. Because, You are worried even about satva guna that is the good guna.
However, this is good thought. Why? Read further:
RISKS OF RAJO AND THAMO GUNAS AND BENEFITS OF SATVA GUNA
Getting rid of Rajo and thamo guna is usually advised because these gunas do not support our involvement in devotion. They pull us again in material attachments by inducing us in offences. So, usually, we are advised to develop Satva Guna. Actually, satva guna encourages us to involve in devotional practices. Satva guna dominated people are usually have the following characteristics:
(1) They do not fight with others, but, forgive them.
(2) They speak kind and sweet words and do not use harsh words.
(3) They always act with care. They fear for offences.
(4) They like to help others and like to live as society.
(5) They do not have jealousy. So, they want to see others happy.
(6) They do not eat meat or egg. So, they are soft natured.
(7) They do not get angry except for Lord.
These qualities are suitable to cultivate Krishna Consciousness. So, a devotee is expected to first develop satva guna. If a devotee worships Lord and also remain in thamo and Rajo guna, he is a pretender. I have seen a devotee in vaishnava dress fighting physically with his fellow devotee. This shows that he has not developed satva guna and he is still in thamo and rajo gunas though they are trying to practice K.C.
So, it is understood that one should first develop satva guna to come up in Devotion.
RISKS OF SATVA GUNA
But, the TOPMOST state in our spiritual advancement is DESERTING EVEN THIS SATVA GUNA and becoming SUDDDHA SATVA GUNA.
Because, even satva guna persons and devotees may be affected by PRIDE when their good nature is appreciated by others. “Oh, what a nice guy he is!” “Oh, how soft natured he is” “Oh, how brilliant he is” like that.
By such repeated praises, he may get pride and then, he may gradually fall from devotion. That is why, scriptures advise us to be very careful even in satva guna state and become free from ego, pride, etc. He will be fully situated in spiritual platform and his thoughts will be centered ONLY ON Krishna.
So, the ultimate result of devotional practices is coming to the stage of avoiding pride, ego, etc and considering that everything happens as per the wish of Krishna.
How to achieve that?
There is no need for any separate practice or tuition for that. If you seriously follow Krishna Conscious rules and if you come to the state of having NO MATERIAL ATTACHMENTS, the next stage will automatically follow and you will be free from pride, ego, etc. You will come to a state in which your eyes see all people and living beings mercifully as the product of Krishna. You will see everyone as the child of Lord. You will never get angry and disappointment. You will never like or hate anybody. You will become beyond twins like good – bad, right – wrong, success – failure, etc. You will feel ultimate bliss within yourself. You will always be ready to leave this planet and to act as instructed by Lord. You come to the stage of a child that has no plans. They will not have even a trace of contaminations and He is pure!
This state is ideal for following devotion. This is possible only for the devotees who perform serious and sincere practices. So, if you have developed atleast satva guna, feel happy over it. Just continue your practices of devotion. The Lord will handle you however he prefers.But, 100% dedication to the Lord is important.
Al the best.