satt·​va | \ ˈsətvə \
plural -s

Definition of sattva

: the purity and wisdom constituting one of the three gunas of Sankhya philosophy and leading to true enlightenment — compare rajas, tamas

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First Known Use of sattva

1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sattva

Sanskrit, literally, existence, from sat, sant existing, true, good

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“Sattva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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