Three Modes are nicely described in Bhagavad Gita

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.25.02-05 - Three Modes are nicely described in Bhagavad Gita (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 11.25.02-05
śamo damas titikṣekṣā
tapaḥ satyaṁ dayā smṛtiḥ
tuṣṭis tyāgo ’spṛhā śraddhā
hrīr dayādiḥ sva-nirvṛtiḥ
kāma īhā madas tṛṣṇā
stambha āśīr bhidā sukham
madotsāho yaśaḥ-prītir
hāsyaṁ vīryaṁ balodyamaḥ
krodho lobho ’nṛtaṁ hiṁsā
yācñā dambhaḥ klamaḥ kaliḥ
śoka-mohau viṣādārtī
nidrāśā bhīr anudyamaḥ
sattvasya rajasaś caitās
tamasaś cānupūrvaśaḥ
vṛttayo varṇita-prāyāḥ
sannipātam atho śṛṇu

Mind and sense control, tolerance, discrimination, sticking to one’s prescribed duty, truthfulness, mercy, careful study of the past and future, satisfaction in any condition, generosity, renunciation of sense gratification, faith in the spiritual master, being embarrassed at improper action, charity, simplicity, humbleness and satisfaction within oneself are qualities of the mode of goodness. Material desire, great endeavor, audacity, dissatisfaction even in gain, false pride, praying for material advancement, considering oneself different and better than others, sense gratification, rash eagerness to fight, a fondness for hearing oneself praised, the tendency to ridicule others, advertising one’s own prowess and justifying one’s actions by one’s strength are qualities of the mode of passion. Intolerant anger, stinginess, speaking without scriptural authority, violent hatred, living as a parasite, hypocrisy, chronic fatigue, quarrel, lamentation, delusion, unhappiness, depression, sleeping too much, false expectations, fear and laziness constitute the major qualities of the mode of ignorance. Now please hear about the combination of these three modes.

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