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Rajas ( Sanskrit , n., रजस्, rajas) is one of the three gunas (properties) of subtle matter in Indian philosophy and Hinduism .

The Gunas were originally systematized in the Samkhya philosophy and represent characteristics of the Prakriti (primordial matter). The Guna doctrine later found its way into the Vedanta and is now part of the Hindu common property.

Each of the three gunas has different properties. Rajas is passion and thus represents the dynamic and combative element. The color red is assigned to him. The passion is "supportive" ( upastambhaka ) and flexible ( chala ). Rajas causes every kind of movement and induces the breathing forces ( pranada ) and the tator organs ( karmendriya ) to work in the body . Rajas is driving and saddening and belongs to impurity ( ashuddhi ).

The relationship between the three Gunas has an essential influence on the I-consciousness. If Rajas predominates, it is called the “ember rich” ( taijasa ). It is assumed that people are generally under the spell of passion. Rajas therefore stands for restlessness, movement and energy.

The other two gunas are sattva and tamas .