To go beyond the Gunas, must one first be Sattvic? || Acharya Prashant, on Bhagavad Gita (2020)

Questioner (Q): To go beyond all the three guṇas, is first coming to a sāttvika-predominant state necessary? And if the sāttvika state is all about light and wisdom, why would one want to go beyond that? Is Shri Krishna saying that devotion to him is higher than wisdom?

Acharya Prashant: So, two things are being asked. First, to go beyond the three guṇas, is it necessary to take a linear route, which is to come to sattva-guṇa first, and then from there graduate to a state beyond guṇas, or is it possible to have some kind of a bypass or shortcut? The questioner is curious whether one can straightaway move from, let’s say, raja-guṇa to a state transcending all three guṇas. That’s the first part. In the second part, he is saying, “If the sāttvika state is about light and wisdom, why is it needed at all that one transcends it?”