'Tamas' or Torpor
I sometimes feel that people become stumps.
They move by millimeters,
Emitting a dull, hostile glimmer;
They gather up their feeble energies
And vaguely lunge at one another,
Not quite clashing,
Feeble stumps that vaguely prod and lunge.
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'Tamas' is a Sanskrit term to denote the
third of Three Types of character, ('Tri-Guna') ,
which is prominent in a person who is habitually
full of sloth, torpor or lethargy. This mode of
living is contrasted with 'Satva', the first 'guna' of
the virtuous; and the second 'guna' of 'Rajas', passion.
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