Rajoguna is the activity in consciousness, or consciousness in activity. After reaching the eighth plane and failing to attain Cosmic Consciousness, the player is drawn on by karma, activity. This activity is the cause of all suffering. It predisposes one who is acting, and he is liable to fall prey to ambition and grow fond of rewards. Any obstacle in the course of pursuing a reward, or a desire, causes pain, suffering, and sorrow. When rajoguna dominates, pain and agony can be the result.
In samadhi the player dissolves rajoguna into satoguna and becomes pure light, sattva. If rajoguna remains, the player cannot attain samadhi, and tamas drags him back to earth. Because karmas accumulate and generate frequencies of vibration, these patterns take on form and become subject to the game.
As a guna, rajoguna balances sattva and tamas. Tamas tries to dominate sattva. Sattva tries to dominate tamas. Both are extremes of energy in guna form. Rajas tries to keep sattva and tamas in balance and makes the world of pleasure and pain, name and form, possible. No guna can exist by itself.
Rajoguna is active from three hours after sunrise to the evening when the sun starts setting. During this period the planet earth becomes active, and all the karmas concerning the preservation of life are performed. Rajas makes the player perfectly extrovert—and when he ceases to be an extrovert, rajoguna becomes an internal dialogue. Without conversation of rajas into sattva, the achievement of higher states of consciousness is not possible. By employing rajoguna in sattvic jobs one can remain in sattva while active.