THE THEORY BEHIND RST PERSONALITY QUOTIENT
When we deal with people, we want to know as much about them as possible so that we can avoid unpleasant surprises. Similarly, we want to know about our own true nature, so that we can focus on our strengths and manage our weaknesses. Since time immemorial, philosophers and psychologists have attempted to understand human nature with these very goals. One of the oldest methods is found in Indian philosophy, based on Samkhya. While it may still not be perfectly accurate, the Samkhya system provides an interesting and novel approach to the prediction of our actions. It answers, with a high degree of confidence,the question of our true nature; and predicts how we are likely to behave in a given setting.The Triguna Energy Quotient® has been developed after extensive and prolonged research in order to identify the principal drivers of our personalities. For the first time, the TEQ® provides a quantifiable framework to discover one’s RST personality types based on the Samkhya school of thought.
Samkhya is one of the oldest of Indian philosophies. The doctrines of Samkhya philosophy are found in the Bhagwat-Gita, Upanishads and Mahabharata.
The basic tenets of Samkhya can be seen in Jainism, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisesika and Vedanta. Samkhya philosophy deals with the existence of the world, the existence of the object of the world, the ultimate reality and many more issues. The great sage Kapila was the founder of the Samkhya School of philosophy, thousands of years ago,through a script known as the Samkhya-sutra. Samkhya deals with the prefect knowledge. The idea is that if we understand Samkhya philosophy, we can understand the world; we can acquire prefect knowledge about the existence of the objects, facts and events of this world.
To give you an example: the Mahabharata, the longest epic in the world at 1.8 million words – ten times the length of the Odyssey and the Iliad combined – is said to broadly contain every kind of personality that can conceivably exist. It does so through a complete understanding of the many combinations of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas energies in a person.
There are many, many objects in this world. They all exist in their own way, with different natures, shapes, sizes, characteristics, features and purposes. In a metaphysical sense, the Samkhya system believes in ‘Dualistic Realism’. It advocates two ultimate realities: Prakriti (Matter) and Purusha (the Self or spirit). Samkhya considers both matter and spirit to beequally real. However, the two are radically different and mutually exclusive. Purusha cannot be Prakriti and Prakriti cannot be Purusha. Prakriti is the non-self. It is devoid of consciousness. Prakriti, or matter, is unintelligent and gets greatly influenced by the Purusha, the Self. It can only manifest itself as the various objects of experience of the Purusha.
The Samkhya School also accepts that there is not just one Purusha, but many Purushas. There are many selves in this world. It is for this reason that we find animals and human beings of different sizes and shapes on this planet. Samkhya philosophy argues that Purusha and Prakriti are the ultimate cause of creation of this world. Evolution starts when Purusha and Prakriti come together and try to combine.
Prakriti is said to be in a state of equilibrium of the Gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The term Guna, in its ordinary sense,represents the qualities, energies, or characteristics of nature. Metaphorically, it is the genus of which the Gunas are the species. By being in a state of equilibrium, the Gunas are in their latent, potential or inactive state - the state of not yet being in effect.
Sattva is concerned with goodness – the spiritual energy. Rajas is concerned with passionate action – the emotional energy. Tamas is associated with inertia of our physical body – the potential energy. They are eternally bound to one another, and by their very nature, try to overpower, support, produce, and intimately mix with one another.
When there is no creation, these three Gunas remain in tranquility. However, when Purusha interacts with Prakriti, there is a vibration in Prakriti. This vibration results in the three Gunas intermingling, and mixing in different proportions. Thus, according to Samkhya philosophy, the coming together of Purusha and Prakriti is responsible for the creation of both tangibleobjects like tables, chairs, human beings, animals, etc. along with the intangible elements such as the mind, intellect and ego.
If we know the different levels of these energies, and their combinations present in us, we would be able to predict, to some extent, the basis of our true nature and the play of our personality.
Using this philosophy as its basis, this personality test attempts to predict how people belonging to a specific personality type are likely to behave. Remember, however, that these are just indicators and tendencies, and do not present definite guidelines or limitations. The RST Personality Quotient is meant to understand our true nature at a given point in time; think of it as a ‘milestone’ in our journey of personal growth and the understanding of others. These results must not be taken as ultimate truth.
The first component in our TEQ®model is called Sattva, the spiritual energy which influences our spiritual quality.
The second component in our TEQ®model is called Rajas, the emotional energy for action to realize a cause, or pursue an interest or fulfill a purpose in life.
The third component in our TEQ®model is called Tamas, potential energy or inertia of our physical body which influences our resistance to change.
The fourth component in our TEQ® model is Sattva-Rajas, or transcendental energy, which is a combination of spiritual and emotional energies giving rise to spiritual emotion which is a state of experiencing Divine within ourselves and others.
The fifth component in our TEQ®model is Sattva-Tamas, or intellectual energy which is a combination of spiritual and potential energies, representing levels of our mental activities.
The sixth component in our TEQ®model is Rajas-Tamas, or active energy, which is a combination of emotional and potential energies,representing levels of our physical activities and skills.
The seventh component in our TEQ®model is Rajas-Sattva-Tamas, or our vital energy Prana, which is the source of spiritual, active and potential energies. It defines who we are and the nature of our personal values, beliefs and attitudes.
Our personality is a sum total of these seven energies driving our true nature. It is important to note that at any given time, only one principal driver and its groupings are dominant - be it spiritual energy, emotional energy or potential energy. Therefore, at any given time our personality drivers will be one of the three:
1. Spiritual energy is dominant with its combinations: S, along with RS, ST, and RST.
2. Emotional energy is dominant with its combinations: R, along with RS, RT, and RST.
3. Potential energy is dominant with its combinations: T, along with RT, ST, and RST.
Therefore, this TEQ®model represents the dynamic, fluctuating personality of an individual.