Q: Can you please guide me as to how to increase the predominance of sattwa guna so as to move steadily in the path of devotion while continence is being practiced?
Two things are necessary to help the sadhaka increase in sattwa, and both are very simple and easy.
First: Carefully study and apply all the passages in the Gita which outline sattwa guna as it manifests in various aspects of the spiritual life, including diet.
Second: Meditate regularly and for an adequate amount of time each day.
Success will be assured.
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