I hope you’re well and in good health,

The Bhagavad Gita offers us an interesting categorization of why we perform puja, worship, or yajnas, or for that matter any action. The scripture divides action into Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic. I think we can apply this to all aspects of our life and locate the nature of our choices within the framework of Goodness, Passion and Ignorance.

11. When yajña is performed without desire for any result, in strict accordance with the proper rule, and with the mind absorbed in the thought, “It is a duty to make this offering,” then it is of the nature of sattva.
12. But when it is performed with some result in mind or out of hypocrisy, O best of the Bharatas, that yajña is of the nature of rajas.
13. And when it is performed without regard for the proper rules, without food offerings, chanting of the hymns, payment to the priests, or any real faith in the process, they say that yajña is of the nature of tamas.
Gita Chapter 14.

Best wishes,

Hemal Randerwala

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